The following is an overview of the Old Kamenka Doukhobor Cemetery site located 10 miles south-west of Togo, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Calder No. 241. Land location: SE 21-27-31 West of First. Latitude: 51°21.027. Longitude: 101°47.367. Compiled August 13, 2005 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Ron Tetoff.
View of cemetery from the road. It is marked by a small bluff between the two stands of trees.
Old Kamenka Cemetery was established in 1899 by the Doukhobors of Old Kamenka village near Togo. After the abandonment and relocation of the village site in 1905, the cemetery ceased to be actively used. In the 1950’s, the cemetery site was destroyed. It is privately owned.
According to tradition, the cemetery was approximately a tenth of an acre in size. The cemetery contained 5-10 interments in one or more rows facing east-west. The graves were unmarked, however, many of the mounds were clearly visible. In the 1950’s, rocks were piled at the site, removing all traces of the cemetery. Today, all that remains is a rock pile in the middle of a cultivated field.
To access the cemetery site from Kamsack, travel south on Highway No. 8 for 15 miles (24.1 km). Turn east on the gravel road at the Junction of Highway No. 8 and Secondary Route No. 726 and continue for 4 miles (6.2 km). Then turn south on the gravel road for 3/4 mile (1.2 km). To access the cemetery site from Togo, travel west on Secondary Route No. 357 for 12 miles (19.3 km). Then turn south on Highway No. 8 and continue for 5 miles (8.1 km). Turn east on the gravel road at the Junction of Highway No. 8 and Secondary Route No. 726 and continue for 4 miles (6.2 km). Then turn south on the gravel road for 3/4 mile (1.2 km). The cemetery is on the west side of the road, approximately 500 yards (457 m) from the road allowance. This cemetery site is on private property and permission to access should be obtained by the owners.
There is no burial register, cemetery plot map, death certificates, grave markers or other records for the Old Kamenka Cemetery site. The following families resided in Old Kamenka village and may have members buried in the Old Kamenka Cemetery site: Abrosimoff, Arishenkoff, Bayoff, Bedinoff, Bloodoff, Glaskoff, Hadikin, Jmaeff, Lebedeff, Matveyenko, Moojelsky, Olkovik, Perepelkin, Popoff, Prokopenko, Potapoff, Strukoff, Twerdochleb, Verigin.
View of cemetery site. It is marked by a rock pile in the middle of a cultivated field
This is a work in progress. If readers have any comments, corrections or additions with respect to the Old Kamenka Cemetery site, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.