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Nick Palahniuk

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Birthplace: Boryshkivtsi, Galicia, Austro-Hungary
Death: December 16, 1943 (53)
Elmira, Bonner County, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho, United States
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Son of George Palahniuk and Mary Palahniuk
Husband of Pareska Palahniuk
Father of Private; Private; Private; Private; Private and 9 others
Half brother of Private; Alex E. Palahniuk; Private; Private; Paul James Palaniuk and 3 others

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About Nick Palahniuk

Birth place is given in his World War I conscription registration as Barayshkowca, which appears to be Boryskivtsi in present Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine. This was situated on the Podhorze River (today named the Zbruch River), which served as the border between the Austrian and Russian empires until World War I and the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (Indeed, this was the most remote eastern area of Galicia or Halychniya province.)

According to his answers in the 1930 census, he immigrated to the US in 1906. (This was about the time that neighboring Russia suffered from conflict resulting from a nearly-successful revolution.)

In 1942, during WWII draft registration, he gave his date and place of birth as May 18, 1886, in Okopy, Ukraine. This is the town at the confluence of the Zbruch and Dniester rivers, within three miles of Boryshkivtsi.


From the Golden Valley Chronicle (Beach, Billings County, North Dakota) of Dec. 19, 1913:

Murderer jailed at Medora

Constable Nustad brought Nick Palahniuk, of Gorham, to Medora late Wednesday night, and lodged him in the county jail, charged with the murder of Donald Heaton on the morning of December 10th, the instrument of death being a 25.20 rifle at 150 yards. As we close our forms, he has not been arraigned for setting time for hearing.

From what can be learned, the boys had harassed Palahniuk and his family for some time, and on the morning of the shooting, they had inflicted indignities on his father by pushing him into the mud and otherwise bothering him, and had disturbed traps set for rabbits. They chanced to meet at the nearby spring that morning, and when Palahniuk charged them with the meddling and treatment of his father, they laughed at him, and called him names, then they went some distance off and fired at him with a small rifle. This angered him. He went to the house, got his rifle and fired on them for the purpose of driving them away. He did not know that he had killed one of them until he was under arrest; he was then told that the shot had gone through the body from the back.

The unfortunate man gives his age at 25 – he looks to be about 18 – married, and has two children. He cannot read English, and his language is very imperfect. In the jail Thursday he did not seem to comprehend his situation, but sat stolid and dull, clad in the cheapest and coarsest clothes and shoes, with his toil-hardened hands folded on his lap in accustomed idleness – another victim of dense ignorance. - Medora Herald.

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From the Williston Graphic of Jan. 22, 1914:

Pahlaniuk “not guilty”

Medora, N.D., Jan 10. - The jury in the Nick Palahniuk murder case found the defendant not guilty. This is the case where Palahniuk was accused of killing Roy Heaton of Iowa in a quarrel over stolen traps.

The vedict is popular and was not unexpected, owing to the provocations the defendant had for the shooting. This was one murder case where there was actually no feeling against the accused; in fact the sympathy was all for him.

Court will continue all next week.

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From the Golden Valley Chronicle (Beach, Billings County, North Dakota) of Jan 16, 1914:

Nick Palahniuk who shot and killed Roy Heaton is acquitted by Medora jury

Medora, N.D., Jan. 10. - ...By several witnesses, the State established the fact that Palahniuk did actually shoot and kill Donald Heaton on December 10th, 1913; that there had been ill-feeling between the parties for some time, and that defendant with a rifle did follow the boys some distance before firing of the fatal shot. Cross examination showed that there had been a personal encounter at the home buildings of the defendant, following an assault on the father of the defendant the previous day at a nearby spring; that the boys had shot several times at defendant; that the shot that killed Heaton, though fired from an elevation, had entered the rear of the body near the hip and emerged at a much higher point at the front, as though it had hit an object between the positions of defandant and the boy, and glanced upward through Heaton's body.

When State had rested, the defendant, Palahniuk, was placed on the stand, and his examination, through an interpreter, consumed the afternoon. His testimony was largely corroborative of what the prosecution had offered. After the boys had manhandled him in the immediate vicinity of his buildings, he turned and ran to the house; as he ran, the boys fired three shots after him, one of which is alleged to have passed through the openly flapping blouse of defendant as he ran, when he had gained the shelter of the house the boys hurried away over the hills. In a few moments, the defendant followed him, carrying a 25-30 rifle; he first caught sight of them as he approached the break along the creek bank, they being on another bank some 500 yards distant. The boys were seeking shelter behind rocks. Heaton was exposed; Palahniuk fired at the figure, then returned to his home and resumed his interrupted work. The whole pitiful affair transpired on the defendant's homestead.

Attorneys J. K. Swihart and W. F. Burnett represented the State; T. F. Murtha and H. C. Berry defended.

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Nick Palahniuk's Timeline

1890
June 29, 1890
Boryshkivtsi, Galicia, Austro-Hungary