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Assyrian Community in North Battleford Saskatchewan
Shlama Kulkhon:
I'm in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. I'm in an information centre a stone's throw from the North Battleford City Cemetary. It is here that some of the grave markers are written in Aramaic. Rev. Dr. Isaac Adams led 36 Assyrian Christians in the exodus from Oroomiah City, Iran in the fall of 1902. They originally wanted to settle in California, but found free homesteading in North Battleford, and settled here in 1903.
The grave marker of Chris Odishaw's grandmother is pictured here. Chris Odishaw is the mayor of Battleford, which is south of North Battleford. The Assyrian Christian community, though small has spawned an unusually high number of prominent Canadians. Johnny Esaw was a famous newscaster for CFTO TV in Toronto and he was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
If you look closely, you will be able to see the symbol of the Assyrian Church of the East, "YUD-HEH" and the three pointers of the Trinity.

Stephen Silver
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Hi Stephen,

Interesting info.
I wonder, if I would have infinite resources, I would at least for a few years, spent to researching archeology especially grave markings.

When I was in Rome, I found a museum that contained lots of tombstones from the pre-christian area.

Now my question is: Do you or anybody else know what's the earlist christian tombstone text? <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

Where have been found ancient Aramaic tomstome markings? I wonder, because this would ultimately prove that Christians where Aramaic speaking, not just Greek.
Shlama Kulkhon:
I was not able to stay for Sunday Service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in North Battleford but I did take a few pictures. I'm glad I looked around the corner of the building. Behind some shrubs is a plaque commemorating 100 years since the first Assyrian Christian settlers arrived. It was mounted on the corner of the building in 2003.

Stephen Silver
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