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Bartel A. Hansen

Heritage of the High Country-
A History of Del Bonita and surrounding Districts
Pages 354

Bartel Hansen homesteaded the NE V4-23-1-20W4th in the Twin River district. He built his house into the side hill.

He used to walk to Milk River with a wheelbarrow of flax, and bring home groceries and coal oil.

He made excellent bread. One Sunday he was entertaining some of the neighbors and they wondered what was the secret of his delicious bread. He had some set and when he went to knead it down they were all astonished to learn that he put it in the middle of his bed, under all the bed clothes to keep it warm.

The late Harry Smith recalled that Mr. Hansen was quite aged and always put on his best wardrobe, a swallow tailed or prince Albert coat when he came to town. He was quite a conspicuous character when seen walking out on the prairie.

Bartel sold his land to Johnny Althen. He passed away in 1933, and is buried in Milk River, where Johnny and Vera erected a tombstone in his memory.

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