July 2, 2022

Yenowich Sisters Share Chester Memories, April 24

Three Yenowich Sisters – Thelma Culver, Matilda Dumbrill and Lillian Bella

CHESTER – The Chester Historical Society will host a free program, “Three Remarkable Sisters,” on Sunday, April 24, at 4 p.m., in the Community Room at Chester Town Hall.

The Yenowich sisters – Lillian Bella, Thelma Culver and Matilda Dumbrill – will reminisce about growing up in Chester in their large Russian family on a farm on Wig Hill. Their memories of their parents and their life on the farm are compelling.

Matilda is the author of the recent book “Makhorka – The Green Cigarette,” a fictionalized memoir about her family. It is described on Amazon’s website as: “Based on real events, MAKHORKA is the epic story of Danya and Mikolai, two young lovers torn apart by the turmoil of turn-of-the-century Russia. With Danya’s help, Mikolai mounts a daring escape from the Tsar’s army and sets out to make a new life in America while Danya stays behind. Alone and fighting to survive the frigid winters with only hope to cling to, Danya is betrayed by those closest to her and must find the strength to overcome their heartless treachery. Years later in 1920s America, Danya’s dreams of love and New World prosperity quickly turn to hardship as the Great Depression catapults her into another desperate struggle to survive. When she uncovers fraud by a respected member of the community, Danya decides to act, not expecting the vicious reaction that threatens to tear her family apart.”

Come and hear a story about a time in Chester that will surprise you. There will be time for questions and for sharing your own memories of the Yenowich family. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. More information: 860-526-2331.