Iftody-Nicolai-and-SandaNicolai Iftody was born in 1865 in the village of Molodia, Austria-Hungary. He married Sanda Strimbul also of Molodia and in 1899 they emigrated to Alberta with a family of one daughter and four sons. John was nine, Maria was seven and there were three younger boys, Elie, Petre and Mihai. They spent the first two years in a bordei near Andrew during which time the three small boys all died of croup. They were buried in the Wostok cemetery.

From Andrew, the Iftodys moved to Boian and homesteaded two miles north of the church. Here the family built a log house and began the hard work of clearing the land. The family increased in number. Unfortunately two of the younger daughters passed away. Annie died at age 11 in 1922 and Pachi|a died at age 3 in 1924. Six children lived to be adults.

Maria the eldest daughter married Mike Hantiuk and they farmed at Ispas for a number of years before moving to Vegreville where they raised a family of five boys and five girls. Maria worked in the Vegreville General Hospital for many years.
Katherine married Mike P. Hauca. They had a son Sandy (Alexander) and a daughter Jean. Another daughter Mary died at the age of six. The mother died young too, of kidney problems.
William, the youngest son, married Elizabeth Hudema. They farmed for many years at Boian, then moved to the great Peace River country where they continued farming. They had three sons and two daughters; Florence, Elinor, Johnny, Martin and Bill.
Four of their children became school teachers. Johnny is a successful farmer on the home place.
Jean (Ioana) married Mike P. Esak. The young couple first farmed at Desjarlais but eventually settled in Vegreville where they raised a family of two boys and two girls; Pete, George, Pearl and Alice.
Helen, the youngest daughter married Mike N. Yurko. They farmed for a few years the Yurko homeplace, then moved to Hairy Hill where Mike became an elevator agent. From there they moved to Vegreville where Helen, now a widow, still resides. They have a son William, who is a successful farmer in the Vegreville area and two daughters, Katherine and Lily both of whom are pharmacists.
John Iftody was born in 1890 in Molodia, Bukovina and came to Canada with his parents. They settled at Boian and John being the eldest son had to work extremely hard on the farm. As a young lad he trained a calf to haul wood on a sled from a forest about half a mile away. When his father sold the calf to acquire some much needed money, John felt he had lost a real friend. In 1911 John married Rose Goroniuk, a Ukrainian girl, daughter of Mike Goroniuk. They were mar-ried in St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox church and settled on the quarter of land across the road from John’s parents. There, John built a large log cabin and divided it into two large rooms. The doors faced west. The north end of the building was used as a barn for the cows and horses, the south end with more windows was their home. Rose mud-plastered it smoothly and the living quarters were whitewashed inside and out. This south room became a cozy little home. Significantly their first child, a healthy baby girl was born there on Christmas Day, 1912. Appropriately enough they named the child, Maria. John and his wife were very thrifty, pious and hardworking people. They were church-minded and attended religious services regularly. Through hard work they managed to acquire more land and when they could afford it, they built a sizeable two-storey home, at a respectable distance from their first home. Five children were born of this marriage.
Maria, the oldest, married Floyd G. Toma in 1931 and they farmed in the Boian district for many years. They had four sons and three daughters; Rosalette, Richard, Gerald, Delores, Kenneth, Marvin and Karen. Both Floyd and Mary were always active in the local community affairs, cultural, religious and political.
Metro farmed with his father for awhile then left for Two Hills where he operated a farm implement agency. There he married Anne Olinyk and they had two daughters, Patricia and Arlene. Sandra married George Porozni and settled on a farm at Boian, too. They had a daughter, Georgina and two sons, Ron and Barry. George and Sandra, too, were always active in local affairs and were always willing to help whenever possible. Mike attended the local school, then went to Willingdon High School. During the war he enlisted in the R.C.A.F. as a pilot and eventually went overseas. It was while in Britain that Mike met his future wife, Betty. After the war they came back to Canada and eventually settled in Calgary. They raised a family of four; Moira, Roy, Gary and Colin Nick, the youngest child of John and Frozina Iftody began farming after completing high school in Willingdon. He immediately undertook the task of modernizing the farmstead. A giant step forward was made when Nick bought and installed a 110-volt generating unit, fuelled by gasoline, which produced enough electricity to light up the farm home and the buildings. He even converted his mother’s wash machine to an electrically operated one.
In 1952 he married Katherine Lichuk of Andrew and together the young couple began farming. However, in 1956 they sold out and moved to Wildwood where Nick managed the local Texaco Bulk Station from which he serviced the oil fields. Six years later they moved to Edmonton where Nick works as an agent for a large insurance firm and for a hobby he does carpentry and has also managed to achieve a pilot’s license. To the Iftodys four daughters were born: Rosemarie, Peggy, Wendy and Barbara.
John Iftody passed away in 1975 and his wife Frozina died the following year. Both are buried at Boian.

Birth and marriage records from church books. Boian, Bukovina

Records for this family has not been found yet. Please visit this page later.

Passenger ship lists

Hamburg. May 11, 1898
Halifax. May 23, 1898


Census - 1901

In today’s conventional society, our living patterns are alienated and often isolated from all relatives. Three decades ago, even two, living under the same roof was quite popular and resourceful. This was mainly because people were more tolerant of one another, more thoughtful and more respectful of their elders. Peace and harmony were striven for. Young people were taught to say less and listen more. Obedience dominated almost in every household.
I arrived at the district of Boian as a young bride in June, 1929. We arrived at three o’clock in the morning at my future husband’s living quarters. A few relatives, who were staying over the night for next day’s wedding, greeted us. The household consisted of my husband and his 60-year-old widowed mother. I became the third member in the family. Being a city girl with a country background, I adapted to the farm activities quite well. I loved the quiet and peaceful surroundings. Being an avid gardener from the age of ten, gardening was no burden but a pleasure instead.
My husband and I were both young, full of dreams and with great expectations. But the advent of the thirties was just around the corner. The depression taught us many things which we never find in books. We learned to spare, share and even pinch pennies. There was always food on the table because we produced most of it ourselves. Above and beyond our disparities, we learned about humanism, and were happy with what was available at the time. Materialism was impossible because we sold our farm produce for next to nothing. There were no jobs, wages were very low, and unemployment insurance was unheard of. Among young and old, there was that common bond of human understanding.
We shared this lifestyle for nine long years. Looking back, I’ll never regret it, for we benefitted from one another. We profited from our Mother’s experience of struggle, hardship and survival at the turn of the century when pioneering was tough and real. I believe she gained from us likewise, due to our spontaneous youth and enthusiasm.
Elizabeth Iftody

  1. By Diana Young (nee Eftoda) on March 25, 2016

    Great work.
    My great grandfather Kost and Helen Eftoda came over in May 1897 from a village in Bucavana, Romania. They settled in Calder and Wroxton Sask.
    He organized supplies for the settlers from his village so that in 1898 – 99 the rest of his village come out.
    His son Eli came over in 1898.
    My Gida & Baba were John Eftoda and Bella (nee Rubletz)
    My parents were James and Edna Eftoda.
    Search on Eftoda will show family. I am the middle daughter Diana.
    I am trying to get ancestry done. Any info you have would be appreciated.

    Diana (nee Eftoda) Young

  2. Bonnie Warawa

    Excellent work on this website.
    More info on the children of Maria Iftody (eldest daughter of Nicolai) who married Mike Hantiuk :
    Their children were Nick born 1909, died 1944 in Holland while on active duty with the Canadian Army; Kay and Ann, twins born in 1912; Helen, Delmar, Elizabeth, John, George, Floyd, and Jean.

Leave Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

clear formSubmit