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Elbert Dustin and
Matilda Packard Dustin

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts
Pages 319 - 320

Elbert and Matilda Dustin moved from Wyoming to southern Alberta in 1911. After spending about a year in the Magrath and Spring Coulee district, they took up a homestead in the Boundary Creek district in 1912. Not being too successful there, they moved to Spring Coulee in 1915, and started farming and ranching. They had three sons: the youngest Roy was born in Cardston in 1914, all went to school in Spring Coulee.

Elbert Dustin died in 1918 of the flu shortly after he had formed a farming and ranching partnership with Lee Carter. Matilda continued with the partnership and they moved to the Del Bonita District in April of 1926. They had bought a ranch from George Ross, who was known at that time as the Flying Rancher. Their ranch which adjoined the McIntyre Ranch was about ten miles north west of the Del Bonita post office.

Roy went to school at the Lens school in 1929. He boarded with a bachelor, Jackie Spencer, and his teacher was Sadie Hominuke. After some years on the ranch, Roy went to California where he worked at the building trade, and became foreman for a large building contractor in Hollywood. Roy died of cancer in May 1944.

After Roy's death Mrs. Dustin moved to Magrath for a time. Then she bought Loyal and Annie Jensen's home in Del Bonita and lived there. She later moved to Nanaimo, B.C., where she owned her own home. She passed away in Nanaimo in September 1952, and was buried in Magrath, Alberta.

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