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.
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.
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||Nikolai A.||1877||1938||Died – age 61 years|
|Bartsoff||Stephen A.||1870||1906||No Marker|
|Cheveldeoff||Alexei F.||1858||1944||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||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||Nikolai M.||1860||1935||No Marker|
|Kabatoff||Anna F.||1842||1934||No Marker|
|Kabatoff||Mary P.||1885||1943||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|
|Merzuik||Mrs. J.||–||–||No Marker|
|Ostoforoff *||Evsei G.||Apr. 9, 1877||Dec. 10, 1943|
|Philipoff||Mrs. S.||–||–||No Marker|
|Polovnikoff *||Mavrunya A.||1894||Jan. 17, 1925||Died – age 31 years|
|Rebalkin||(infant)||–||–||Child of M. Rebalkin – No Marker|
|Strelioff||Sam P.||1926||1926||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|
|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.