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Father Ruh, wearing his fedora and apron, passes a happy moment with Monsignor Volodymyr Bozyk, midst the steel rods and sheets of plywood, during the early stages in construction of the Grotto in Honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Grotto was designed by Father Ruh and begun in 1954, but was unfinished at the time of his death in 1962.

Cook's Creek, Manitoba.


Mary Botchar in Toronto. Father Ruh is seated, with Mary Botchar, a former parishioner from Cook’s Creek and two unidentified individuals.

Toronto, Ontario.


The Homeric was the vessel in which Father Ruh departed Europe after visiting his family for the first time since 1931. He is visible on the upper deck, the fifth person to the right of the flag.


The passengers of the ship, the Homeric, as it departs Europe. A faint arrow in ball point pen indicates Father Ruh standing on the deck, the seventh person from the left.


"The small cross indicates your presence." The upper deck of the Homeric, the vessel in which Father Ruh departed Europe after the first visit with his family since 1931. An “x” written faintly in ball point pen indicates Father Ruh on the lower deck where it joins the wall on the right. He is centred between the double port holes.


"The arrow points you out, we are gazing with heavy heart. What a sad, solemn day for us all." The upper deck of the Homeric as it departs Europe. Father Ruh stands on the upper deck in the centre with his right hand raised. A faint arrow marks his location.


The altar boys of Father Ruh’s home parish in Cook’s Creek, at a wiener roast. Father Matthew Kotowich, O.M.I., organized many such events for the boys. Lawrence Yanchynski, Mike’s son, is seated in the centre of the photo, the only boy not wearing a cap.

The location is possibly Cook's Creek, Manitoba.


"Dec./57" A worker smiling from the heights of a scaffold within an unidentified church.

Unknown location.


"Cook’s Creek 43893" Father Ruh and ? Mary Botchar of Oakbank, Manitoba kneeling at the side altar of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Father Ruh’s home parish for thirty-two years.

Cook's Creek, Manitoba.


St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church was designed Father Ruh and built between 1956-1958.

Kenora, Ontario.

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