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Sam Halvorson

Heritage of the High Country-
A History of Del Bonita and surrounding Districts
Page 364

On May 2, 1912, Sam Halvorson homesteaded the SE 6-1-20-W4th. He got a soldiers' grant on SW 6-1-20-W4th. He started building a three storey house, but never finished it.

He never married.

He was a soldier in the First World War. When he came back he was deaf. He could never forget what went on during the war. When he worked on the threshing rigs pitching bundles, he practiced his bayonet routine with the bundles.

He was called Sad Sam Halvorson, because no one ever saw him smile. He was very quiet and had a forlorn expression on his face at all times. Some time during the first years of homesteading Sam started to Milk River with a load of wheat during the winter. He got within six or eight miles of Milk River when a bad blizzard came up. He tied up his horses then got up on the wheat and buried his feet and legs in the grain, and that was where they found him the next day. All anyone could get out of him was a grunt. They brought him to town, got him thawed out, and he was none the worse after the ordeal. He went home a couple of days later.

He was a gentleman around ladies and children.

One day in 1949 Ted and Sharlene Walburger went over to his house. They found him sick in bed. They went back home and Sharlene made some soup which Ted took back to him. Sam was dead when Ted came back with the soup.

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