I am trying to find information about "Harry" Karol who may have immigrated to the Arbakka area in Manitoba in the 1890s.
One of Harry's children was Sam Karol who died in 1936. On Sam's death certificate, Harry is listed as father. Sam went to Caribou Minnesota in the early 1900's.
On the 1910 census for Caribou, MN Sam is listed with his family. This census provided the name of Sam's mother.
1910 Federal Census Caribou Twp., Kittson Co., Minnesota, Lines 4-10, Page 5A, enumerated 7 May 1910, dwelling 84, visit 87
Karol, Sam, head, M, W, 43, married 1, married 17 yrs, b. Austria, Solvenia, father born. Austria, Solvenia, mother born: Austria, Solvenia, language spoken Solvenian, Farm Labor
Domka, wife, F, W, 37 married 1, married 17 yrs, 8 children, 5 living, b. Austria, Solvenia, father born. Austria, Slovenia, mother born: Austria, Slovenia, language spoken Slovenian, Immigrated 1904
George, son, M, W, 12, Single, b. Canada, father b. Slovenia, mother b. Slovenia, language spoken English, attended school within the year
William, son, M, W, 7, Single, b. Canada, father b. Slovenia, mother b. Slovenia, language spoken English, attended school within the year
John, son, M, Wm 4, Single, b. Minnesota
? (Probably Yerosina or Rose), daughter, F, W, 1 10/12, Single, b. Minnesota
Dokky(?), mother, F, W, Widowed, 5 children, 3 living, b. Slovenia, can't read or write
Sam's son George was born in Canada abt 1898 according to the 1910 census, so Sam must have come to Manitoba before 1898. Sam's wife states she has 8 children with 5 living. There was a daughter Mary listed on Sam's naturalization papers, who is not listed on this census. But she may have been married by the time Sam applied for naturalization. So that leaves 3 of Sam's children unaccounted for.
Dokki, Sam's mother, is buried in the St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery in Caribou, MN. Her headstone reads:
Dokia Karo ( last letter looks like a lazy "r")
25 May 1915
The history of this St. Michael Ukrainian Church in Caribou references a church built in the Arbakka district:
"The first postmaster in Arbakka was Mr. Gillies, an Icelander who lived near the banks of the Roseau River. Arbakka in Icelandic means â€˜river bankâ€. The settlers came at their own risk, and their life was far from being easy.
Caribou was further south a few miles and the settlers worked together, visited each other and made lasting friends. Very early in 1900, a Ukrainian Orthodox Church was built in the Arbakka district with voluntary labor. The church was built on land donated by a Mr. Karol. The priest servicing the area came from Canada."
I have found another and other reference to a Ukrainian Church built in 1899
"St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Gardenton - it was erected in 1899 and was the first permanent church in Canada (source: Manitoba Historic Resources Branch photo)"
So I am looking to prove that the "Mr. Karol" who donated land in Arbakka for a Ukrainian Church was either Sam Karol or his father, Harry. In addition, is the St. Michael's erected in Gardenton in 1899 the same church referenced in the Caribou Ukrainian Church history.
Any information about this family would be very much appreciated. I have a great deal of information about Sam Karol and his descendants, which I would be very happy to share with anyone who might be interested.