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Elizabeth Byrtus fonds
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1985, 1992 (Creation)
- Elizabeth Byrtus
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3 audio cassettes (1 hour and 45 minutes)
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Name of creator
Elizabeth Byrtus (1902-1995) was born in Istebna, Austria (Poland) to Joseph and Anna Sikora. She immigrated to Canada in 1924 to marry Michael Byrtus (1886-1969). They farmed in the Fair Haven area until 1955 when they retired to Athabasca. They raised eight children: Mary, Alex, Anne, Gertude, Roselyn, Rudolf, Agnes and George.
Scope and content
The fonds includes a history of the Byrtus family, Charlie Gora, Paul Kowulok, Immigration Hall, farming, Archie Gorman, Wellington (Bill) Findlay, Abner Hingley, and other neighbours.
Immediate source of acquisition
Interviewers were Vi Kowalchuk and the Byrtus family.
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Audio cassette# 31 was digitized, as was the transcript. Audio cassettes# 149, 150 were digitized. They are available at http://digiport.athabascau.ca/townarchives.
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Subject to The Copyright Act
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No further accruals are expected.
Biographical information came from the local history book "Reflections from across the River" and from the Athabasca Archives obituary files.