Heroic mother Matryona Yakovleva monument
A simple peasant woman lived with her husband and sons in a good house and kept a huge farm: cows, calf, sheep, and pigs. All of them worked on the collective farm, and in 1941, when the war broke out, Matryona’s husband and sons went to the front. In 1943, the newspapers wrote about the fierce battle at Stalingrad, and the woman’s heart was bursting with emotions for her husband, sons and for her Motherland. She could not sit idly by and made a bold decision: she went to the market and sold everything that was in the house – seven heads of livestock, oil, honey, and flour. As a result, she got 100 thousand rubles – a huge amount for those times! All the money she put in a canvas bag and brought to the local branch of the State Bank.
“Here, take it,” she said to the stunned staff. – I believe, that it should be enough for the plane. My sons are fighting, I must help”.
The plane was bought, but, unfortunately, the sons did not return from the war, not one. And for the rest of her life Matryona Ivanovna lived in the houses of her fellow villagers in turn. Everyone was honored that she would stay at their house.
Everything to the last kopeck Matryona transferred to the Defense Fund for the purchase of a combat aircraft. Since that, the story of Matryona’s deed in the village of Bub is passed down from generation to generation.
Her husband, Sergei Semyonovich, returned from the front with a German bullet in his chest (the surgeons considered the operation too risky) and died several years later. And Matryona Ivanovna lived a long life – a woman died in 1995 at the age of 101 years. Until the last she worked in the garden and kept cattle.
Now the monument to this remarkable woman has become one more confirmation of the fact that the inhabitants of Prikamye remember their heroes and are proud of them.