William Valentine YACULA (c1908-1958)
Born in Ukraine around 1908, he was the son of Sam Yacula (c1880-1948) and Sophie Bodnarchuk (c1880-1951). He came to Manitoba at a young age and attended Elma School, Teulon Hight School, Manitoba Normal School, United College (now the University of Winnipeg), and the University of Manitoba. He became a teacher and served as the Principal of Ladywood School (1942-1943) and Happy Thought School (1943-1945). He then entered the hotel business owning the Whitemouth Hotel (1944-1951).
Educator, Hotelier, MP (1958)
In 1944, he married Eugenia Zuk (1912-2010) and they had one daughter: Elaine Yacula.
Active in politics, he served as a Whitemouth school trustee, Whitemouth municipal councillor (1936-1942) and was elected to the House of Commons for Springfield in 1958, after being defeated in the 1957 general election. He defeated CCF member Jake Schulz and was the first PC to represent the constituency since 1930.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 1218 College Avenue, on 24 September 1958 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
- Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
- Birth and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
- Obituary [Sam Yacula], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 July 1948, page 21.
- “Last Rites Held for Springfield M.P.”, Lac du Bonnet Springfield Leader, 30 September 1958, page 1.
Obituary [Eugenia Zuk Yacula] Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 2010
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