Elya Yelnats is Stanley Yelnat IV's Dirty Rotten Pig Stealing Great, Great grand father. Elya had a wish, a wish to marry Myra who was Elya's love.
The Big Decision
When Myra's dad told Elya that he had to bring him Elya's biggest pig Elya went straight to Madame Zeroni asking for help. Madame Zeroni told Elya to take the little piglet and take it to the top of the mountain let it drink from pool of water sing it a lullaby and it will be bigger than any of Myra's dad's pigs.
A new place
For Myra's birthday Myra's dad said that who ever had the biggest pig out of Elya or Igor got to marry Myra
An 'UNLUCKY' generation
It was finally Myra's birthday. Elya's pig was bigger than ever and Elya was stronger. Myra's dad weighed the pigs, both of the pigs were the same. Myra's dad told Myra to choose a number between 1 and 10. Igor chose 10, Elya said nothing. Elya said keep the pig as a wedding present, and walked away.
Elya left Latvia and went to America, where he met another women that Elya married. They had a boy called Stanley Yelnats. Elya forgot all about Madame Zeroni's promise.
Ever since then Stanley and his family have been cursed, and the whole of the male side of the family is unlucky.