Envelopes and Addresses

When I was in Michigan this summer, I found a number of things at my grandmother's house. Among them were some unsent envelopes, notes of addresses to be used for bequests when my great-great-uncle, Vincent Sobol, died (long story on why the envelopes were never sent....) After my grandmother died, my uncle said that he wished he had Grandma's brother's address. We don't know if he's still living, but it would be nice to let him know that his sister passed away.

So anyway, while looking through this pile of papers that I have from the house, I found some likely candidates. There was this envelope, written in Cyrillic, with my grandmother's address as the return address (her uncle lived with them at the time):

[ Envelope with address of
Petro Antonovich Zurbyk ]

I can pick out some of what's here; clearly the top of the address (in the European style) is the country, the USSR at the time. Below the country appears to be the oblast, Ternopilskaya. The next line is maybe the Raion, Husiatynskia. I'm not sure of the following line, but it appears that it may include "Trybukhivtsi". The bottom line appears to be my grandmother's brother's name, Petro Antonovich Zurbyk.

After I posted a query to the InfoUkes genealogy list, I discovered that there was actually a letter inside this envelope. I think it's about a bequest of $300, but I'm not sure.

(Many years later:) I've finally been able to type out the scanned letter and feed it to Google Translate. It is indeed about a bequest of $300. Here is the letter and its translation.

Another rendition of the address is included on this sheet of paper that Sobol wrote out. There's other writing on the page, including what appears to be the name Roman Zurbyk, who I believe is Petro's son. I can't tell if there's an address for him there or not. Then below that, there's another address, also in Ternopilskaya oblast, possibly in the city of Ternopil, but I can't tell, and I don't recognize the name. It might be the name and address of Petro's daughter.

[ Sheet of addresses
written out by Vincent Sobol ]

There are a lot of papers in the bag I brought back from Michigan. One of the most interesting is one that was intended for The Ukrainian News in New York. It appears to be Sobol's life story, near as I can make out. I recognize some things in it, like his birthday at the very beginning (29 BEPECHR 1892), something about New Brunswick, Canada and Shaw Street in Toronto, and later about getting jobs at Dodge in Highland Park, Cadillac, and at the Chrysler plant on Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. Unfortunately, the letter is five pages long, so I think it'll be a while before I get it all figured out. It may ultimately explain the picture I have of Sobol in uniform, as well as the World War I U.S. draft registration card I found and the letter from 1925 about Sobol being eligible for Canadian citizenship. Eventually I may post that here, as well as some of the other letters I have copies of.