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Olav Holtet

Palmer Pioneer Home resident Olav Holtet, 94, died Jan. 7 at Valley Hospital.  A 68-year resident of Alaska, he was born May 11, 1892 in Lunde, Norway.

He came to America in 1912 and worked as a logger in Washington. In 1917 he came to Alaska to work at the Bonanza Mine of the Kennecott Copper Corp. Later he worked as a teamster on the Motherload Mine Road near McCarthy. In 1918 he was drafted into the Army at Fort Licsum near Valdez. He became an American citizen after his discharge and in 1919 he filed on a 120-acre homestead near McCarthy. His farm supplied hay, potatoes and vegetables to Kennecott and other mines in the McCarthy area. In 1941 he worked as a blacksmith with the Alaska Territorial Road Commission at Glennallen. In 1950 he retired on his civil service pension. In 1951 he bought a 308-acre farm at Mile 52 of the Glenn Highway and lived there until 1980, when illness forced him to move to the Palmer Pioneer Home. He had contributed to both the old and new Valley hospitals, to the Palmer Public Library and to the Palmer Pioneer Home Memorial Fund.

It was his wish to be buried in the town of his birth. At his request, no services will be held and no donations are requested.
He is survived by his brother, Halvor Holte, 89; his sister, Hilda Lofodden, 95; and Knute, Karen and Karl Holte, all of Norway. In the Valley he is remembered by his friends and neighbors; V. Louise Kellogg, LeRoy and Gretchen Hamann and William (Bill) Hermann; also the Tunnicliff families of Iowa and Montana.

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 15 January 1986



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