The following is a transcription of the Ooteshenia Doukhobor Cemetery located 7 miles south-east of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. Rural Municipality of Good Lake No. 274. Land location: SW 31-30-5 West of Second. Latitude: 51°38.468. Longitude: 102°42.505. Transcribed October 2, 2004 by Jonathan J. Kalmakoff with Fred S. Petroff & Fred J. Strelieff.
View of the cemetery from the west facing east.
Ooteshenia (aka Utesheniye) Cemetery was established in 1900 by the Doukhobors of Utesheniye village. After the abandonment of the village in 1913, the cemetery continued to be used by local Doukhobors until the 1950’s. It is no longer in active use. The cemetery was restored by a committee in 1985-1986 and since that time has been maintained in very good condition. It is privately owned.
The cemetery is approximately one acre in size and is enclosed by iron fence posts. There is an open gate on the west side. The cemetery contains 66 interments in a single section comprised of six rows facing east-west. Over half the graves (45) have no marker and the mounds have been leveled. I have used death certificates and oral tradition to identify eight of these. The remaining 38 unmarked graves are unidentified. With respect to graves with markers, the markers are typically plain slate, marble or concrete upright headstones or flat markers set flush to the ground. 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 1/4 mile (2 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 1/4 mile (2 km). The cemetery is on the east side of the road, approximately 1/4 mile (.4 km) 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|
|Chutskoff||Wasyl W.||Dec. 29, 1914||Apr. 14, 1918|
|Holoboff||Louis G.||1921||1921||No Marker|
|Holoboff||Pauline W.||1841||1927||No Marker|
|Kotelnikoff||Lukian T.||1885||1956||No Marker|
|Kotelnikoff||Martha J.||1883||1965||No Marker|
|Kotelnikoff||Mary H.||1857||1936||No Marker|
|Katelnikoff *||Timofey T.||1857||Oct. 14, 1928||Died – age 71 years|
|Konkin *||Avdotia F.||1880||Jan. 4, 1949||Died – age 69 years|
|Konkin *||P.W.||1874||May 11, 1935||Died – age 61 years|
|Ozoroff||Alex W.||1877||Sep. 3, 1948|
|Petroff||Alexei D.||1846||1924||No Marker|
|Petroff||Dmitry N.||1825||1914||No Marker|
|Petroff||Polly G.||1910||1926||No Marker|
|Petroff *||Vasily D.||1855||1940|
|Petroff||Wasyl G.||1924||1924||No Marker|
|Strelioff *||Havrila S.||Jul. 25, 1838||Mar. 27, 1910|
|Strelioff *||Praskovia A.||Oct. 20, 1839||Jun. 10, 1911|
|Strilaiff||Peter H.||Jun. 29, 1863||Oct. 12, 1919|
|Sukovaoff||Florence||Aug. 3, 1925||Aug. 28, 1943|
|Sukovaoff *||Mikhail N.||1886||May 1, 1903||Died – age 17 years|
|Sukovaoff||Nick W.||1860||1944||No Marker|
|Sukovaoff *||Vasily A.||1826||Jun. 14, 1900||Died – age 74 years|
|Verigin||Evdokia N.||1847||May 25, 1924||Died – age 77 years|
|Zeibin *||George J.||1876||1961|
|Zeibin *||Ivan N.||1850||Jul. 18, 1922|
|Zeibin||John G.||1901||Aug. 20, 1936||Died – age 35 years|
|Zeibin *||Maria V.||1850||Mar. 4, 1924||Died – age 74 years|
*Translated from Russian.
Stone cairn at the cemetery gate.
View of the cemetery from the north-west facing south-east.
Various sources of data have been used in compiling this information, including: marker transcriptions, death certificates and oral tradition. 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 Ooteshenia Cemetery, please contact Jonathan J. Kalmakoff.