Karl and Julia Musten

Estonian picnic near Chester, Montana in the United States in 1916. A number of Estonian pioneers originally settled in Barons, Alberta in 1904 and then relocated to Chester, Montana about 1910. Pictured are Musten, Malberg, Krikental, Yurman, Kewe, Minnick, Palkman, Laas, Arick and Waht families. Karl and Julia Musten and their five children - four sons and a daughter, Lena - immigrated from Estonia in 1904 and took out a homestead at Barons. Karl also worked in the coal mines near Barons. The family moved to Montana in 1910 and farmed there until 1921. Two of their sons, Nick and Charley, also had homesteads in Montana. Their oldest son, George, died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Because farming conditions were poor in both Barons and Montana, Karl and Julia finally settled in Rockford, Washington, with their son Joe. The Mustens lived there until Karl's death in December 20, 1934.

"Musten, Karl - Age 73 His home was in Fairfield, Washington, where he had resided for the past thirteen years. Survived by his wife Julia A. Musten and three sons Nick of Fairfield, Joe of Fairfield and Charles of Belton, Montana, one daughter Lena Palkman of Los Angeles, California. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 pm from the JAEGER FUNDERAL HOME at Fairfield. Burial at Fairview cemetery in Rockford, Washington."

Spokane Daily Chronicle,
Spokane, Washington,
Saturday, December 22, 1934,
page 10, Funerals.

Alberta's Estonian Heritage