Jack and Philip Nugis

Cousins Jack and Philip Nugis left Crimea with the Flink family around 1909. Philip was still a teenager and Jack was a young man and a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War.

Philip lost his ticket during the train ride from Montreal to Calgary and spent most of the long journey hiding in an upper bunk.

They settled in the Barons area, where Jack worked as a farmhand. When he was no longer able to do farm work, he moved into homesteader Grant Abbott's house and kept a few chickens and rabbits. He later moved to Barons, where he lived until his death around 1960.

Philip, who lived in the Barons Hotel and worked near it, died several years earlier.

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