|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1861|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1942|
Otto Albert Malmstedt was born on the 20th of August, 1861 in Sweden. As a young man he joined the army and was given a bunk with the name Spjut on the locker. It became his new last name. Spjut means "Spear."
He left Sweden with his family because there was a depression in Europe at that time and things were very difficult. Otto had been in the army and was given the land he had in Sweden. Then the Government turned around and taxed them so much; they were very poor.
Otto's sister Rosina Peterson lived with her husband in Stockholm where they joined the LDS Church. When Otto was seventeen years old he went to work in Stockholm and he also joined the Church there. Otto's wife and the family never knew this and Otto was actually rebaptized in Salt Lake City.
Otto's son Swen could remember their house when he was very young. He and Uncle Ed used to have to go out and feed the animals and clean out their stalls. Swen started this when he was about six years old. They had horses, cows andpigs. Otto and Uncle Ernie used to go and cut timber during the winter that they sold for pulp.
They had a nice yard and raised all kinds of fruit, plums, apples, and all kinds of berry bushes. They used to pick wild berries, too.
Otto farmed during the summer and worked very hard. His wife used to have to go out with him all the time. They didn't have any machinery so everything had to be done by hand.
Otto would cut a hole in the ice to obtain water. Once he fell in--he put his arms out and saved himself this way until he could be rescued.
Submitted by family member,
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Perry A Sloan
Record added: Feb 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48326478