Fonds - Elizabeth Byrtus fonds

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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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Biographical history

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.

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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.

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Interviewers were Vi Kowalchuk and the Byrtus family.


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Athabasca Archives

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Audio cassette# 31 was digitized, as was the transcript. Audio cassettes# 149, 150 were digitized. They are available at

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Subject to The Copyright Act

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No further accruals are expected.

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Biographical information came from the local history book "Reflections from across the River" and from the Athabasca Archives obituary files.

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85.308 (cassette# 31), 92.03 (cassette# 149, 150)

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Athabasca Archives

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