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Memorable Manitobans: Nicholas Prygrocki (1880-1950)

Pioneer, farmer, merchant.

Born at Bereziw, Ukraine in April 1880, he came to Canada with his parents in 1896. The family settled at Stuartburn, Manitoba and in 1905 he started farming his own land at Dufrost. His move to Fisher Branch in 1911 brought a change in occupation as he opened the first general store in the settlement. Influential in opening up Fisher Branch and in community affairs, he assisted in the removal of undergrowth for roads and served as commissioner of oaths and sponsored the Red Cross. He was noted for promoting immigration to the area, helping newcomers obtain Canadian citizenship, and for assisting in the general welfare of the community. He married Parasdovia Komanczycz on 16 July 1909 at Winnipeg. On 23 April 1950, he died in Grace Hospital in Winnipeg and was buried in All Saints Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“N. Prygrocki, early province settler, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 April 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 142]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 21 August 2010

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