Konstantin Yerofeyevich Gaponenko, the Russian local history writer, honorary citizen of the Sakhalin Region, passed away on January 23.
The staff of the Sakhalin Regional Museum expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Konstantin Yerofeyevich Gaponenko. The friends, colleagues and readers will never forget him.
Konstantin Yerofeyevich Gaponenko was born in 1933 in the village of Trushki, Belotserkovsky area, Kiev region. He arrived to Sakhalin in 1951, two years later he graduated from the Ozersk Secondary School of the Korsakov District and entered the Teaching Institute (renamed as Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Pedagogical Institute in 1954).
He served in the army for two years, from 1955 to 1958 in the city of Okha. Once demobilized, he worked at schools of the Kholmsk district, in the villages such as Chaplanovo, Pyatirechenskaya, conducted researches about the history of the local community and collaborated with district and regional newspapers. In 1962 he became the member of the Journalists’ Union of the Soviet Union. From 1985 to 1987, he served as a Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Chaplanovo Village Council, from 1988 to 1991 – Secretary of the Chaplanovsky State Farm Party Committee.
K. Ye. Gaponenko is the author of unique books on the history of the Sakhalin region: «The Tragedy of the Village of Mizuho» (1933), «Millstones», «Old Wounds Hurt» (1995), «New House» (1996), «Following the Day Gone» (1998), «Not Allow Bygones Be Bygones» (2005), «Let Our Souls Rise», «Shirokopadskaya Wound» (2006), «Womens Destinies», «Rush Hour» (2007), «There Are No Queues», «Win» (2008), «We Didn’t Settle Scores With The War» (2010), «How We Lived On Sakhalin» (2010). According to the information provided by the Sakhalin Regional Scientific Library, 549 records are associated with the name of K. Ye. Gaponenko, including his works and biographies written about him.
Unfortunately, Konstantin Yerofeyevich did not have time to finish his book «Where We Come From» …