Kalmakovo Cemetery – Buchanan District, Saskatchewan

The following is a transcription of the Kalmakovo Doukhobor Cemetery located 8 miles south-east of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274. Land location: SE 30-30-5 West of Second. Latitude: 51°37.718. Longitude: 102°41.875. Transcribed October 2, 2004 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff. 

View of the cemetery from the west facing east.

Historical Background

Kalmakovo Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Kalmakovo village. After the abandonment of the village in 1919, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1950’s. It is no longer in active use and is badly overgrown. Cemetery restoration efforts are currently in progress. It is privately owned.  


The cemetery is approximately two acres in size and is unenclosed. There is dense scrub and brush throughout. The cemetery contains 108 interments in a single section comprised of twelve rows facing east-west. The majority of graves (103) have no marker, however, many of the mounds are still clearly visible. I have used the cemetery plot map and death certificates to identify 57 of these. The remaining 46 unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain, upright marble or slate headstones. Click here for an online cemetery map.

Driving Directions

To access the cemetery from Buchanan, travel south on Highway No. 47 for 5 3/4 miles (9.3 km). Then turn east on Secondary Route No. 651 for 2 3/4 miles (4.4 km). Turn north-west on the gravel road and continue for 1/4 mile (.4 km). To access the cemetery from Canora, travel west on Secondary Route No. 651 for 11 1/4 miles (18 km). Turn north-west on the gravel road and continue for 1/4 mile (.4 km). The cemetery is on the east side of the road, behind a shelterbelt, approximately 500 yards (450 m) from the road allowance. This cemetery is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.


Surname Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Abetkoff * Alexei F. 1847 Apr. 16, 1937 Died – age 90 years
Abetkoff Avdotia Jan. 10, 1845 Feb. 17, 1928
Bartsoff Alexei N. 1838 1921 No Marker
Bartsoff Anna 1845 1925 No Marker
Bartsoff Annie No Marker
Bartsoff Nikolai A. 1877 1938 Died – age 61 years
Bartsoff Stephen A. 1870 1906 No Marker
Chernenkoff John No Marker
Cheveldeoff Alexei F. 1858 1944 No Marker
Cheveldeoff Anastasia No Marker
Cheveldeoff Peter W. 1911 1917 No Marker
Fedosoff (infant) Child of Mike Fedosoff – No Marker
Fofonoff Mrs. Fred No Marker
Fofonoff Mary N. 1847 1940 No Marker
Fofonoff Polly J. 1888 1945 No Marker
Hancheroff Anna W. 1855 1938 No Marker
Hancheroff George G. 1869 1928 No Marker
Hancheroff George T. 1855 1938 No Marker
Hancheroff Lizoveta No Marker
Hancheroff Nick G. No Marker
Hancheroff Paul T. No Marker
Hancheroff Timothy G. 1881 1929 No Marker
Hancheroff Tom T. No Marker
Horkoff John M. 1858 1938 No Marker
Horkoff Lukian N. 1881 1938 No Marker
Horkoff Mary A. 1861 1943 No Marker
Horkoff Mary W. 1862 1947  
Horkoff Nikolai M. 1860 1935 No Marker
Kabatoff Anna F. 1842 1934 No Marker
Kabatoff Mary P. 1885 1943 No Marker
Kabatoff Nick No Marker
Kalmakoff Andrew No Marker
Kalmakoff Wasilisa 1866 1922 No Marker
Kalmakoff Sam No Marker
Krukoff John J. 1893 1955 No Marker
Krukoff Mable M. 1904 1932 No Marker
Krukoff Michael W. 1849 1920 No Marker
Krukoff Nick M. No Marker
Krukoff Nick P. 1945 1947 No Marker
Krukoff Polly 1874 1941 No Marker
Krukoff Praskovia 1850 1935 No Marker
Merzuik Mrs. J. No Marker
Nichvolodoff John No Marker
Nichvolodoff Mary No Marker
Nichvolodoff Metro 1860 1923 No Marker
Ostoforoff * Evsei G. Apr. 9, 1877 Dec. 10, 1943
Pepin Wasyl 1845 1939 No Marker
Philipoff Mrs. S. No Marker
Polovnikoff * Mavrunya A. 1894 Jan. 17, 1925 Died – age 31 years
Popoff John No Marker
Rebalkin (infant) Child of M. Rebalkin – No Marker
Strelioff Sam P. 1926 1926 No Marker
Stushnoff Dora 1884 1961 No Marker
Stushnoff Nick J. 1903 1951 No Marker
Stushnoff John A. 1884 1950 No Marker
Vanjoff Michael N. 1842 1925 No Marker
Vanjoff Tatiana P. 1844 1924 No Marker
Vanjoff Walter W. 1935 1935 Child of Wasyl Vanjoff – No Marker
Verigin Mary No Marker
Zbitniff John P. 1882 1952
Zurovloff (infant) No Marker
Zurovloff Mrs. M. No Marker
Zurovloff Wasyl M. No Marker

*Translated from Russian.

View of the north-west corner of the cemetery. Note the overgrowth.


Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, cemetery plot map and death certificates. I have photos of the headstones and would be happy to share them. This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to Kalmakovo Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.