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Einar Mauritz Byttet

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and
Surrounding Districts, Pages 287 - 288
byTerry Helgeson

Einar Mauritz Byttet was born November 14, 1884 in Norway. There he attended school and went to university. While a young man in Norway he was employed as a postmaster and clerk of court.

Einar came to the United States in the early 1900's, and was employed in the mines, lumber camps, and on ranches. In 1916 he came to Canada and homesteaded in the Del Bonita area on the S.W. quarter of S 27, TI, R 21, W 4th. His pre-emption was the N. W. quarter of S 22, T 1, R 21, W 4th.

Einar had a full brother, Harold Fauchald, who lived and visited with him. Harold died in Chester, Montana, on January 16, 1946.

Einar served as secretary for the Shanks Lake School District for a number of years, and was Commissioner for Oaths in and for the Province of Alberta for some time. Einar was also road foreman in the Del Bonita area during Premier Aberhart's time. Cecil Helgeson remembers working on the road with horses for Einar, and being paid by the Social Credit Government with half prosperity certificates, (Social Credit money) and half cash.

Einar's greatest ambition and interest was good cattle. He had some of the first purebred Hereford cattle in the Del Bonita area.

In 1949 Einar sold his homestead and some of his other land holdings near Shanks Lake to Ken Robinson. He then moved and lived for a while with the Weiss families. In 1955 he sold some more land holdings to Corey Graveland. Einar then purchased the John Bridge place which was owned at the time by John's nephew, Jack.

Einar resided at the old George Weiss home up till his passing in Cardston Hospital on December 23, 1960 at the age of 76 years. He is laid to rest at Archmount Memorial Gardens, Lethbridge.

After Einar's passing his land and purebred cattle were purchased from the estate by Cecil Helgeson.

Friends and people who knew Einar remember his favorite El Producto cigar, his over sized hand rolled cigarette which he referred to as his stogie, and his common saying, "Vait now". No one sat at Einar's table without being offered his hospitable glass of Port or Sherry wine. He is missed by all his friends.

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