In 1982, Mike Toma commenced writing the history of the Romanians who came to the Boian area and their families. The launching ceremony of this book, “Never Far From Eagle Tail Hill” took place on February 9, 1986. It includes a brief history of the Romanian pioneers who arrived in Alberta at the turn of the twentieth century and settled some one hundred and twenty kilometers (75 miles) north-east of Edmonton. The book contains numerous family histories, detailed accounts of the churches and schools in that area as well as a description of the major customs and traditions transplanted from Bucovina and practiced in the new land.
The reader will also find the words and music of some of the more popular Christmas carols, folk songs, lullabies and wedding songs that were sung in those days. Throughout the book there are many appropriate pictures which should provide much amusement and interest to the reader. The author hopes that this publication will be a source of information to all who read it as well as providing many hours of enjoyment to both young and old. “M.G. Toma – Second publication fall 1986.”