Anna Malmstead took care of all the Butterworth laundry needs from 1912-1954. She also often traveled to Santa Barbara with the family. Albert Boost’s daughter Elinor described her as “a quiet gentle woman who once took me to her sanctuary in the basement and introduced me to all her machinery and equipment.” Elinor remarked about the amount of effort it took to wash clothing, “I couldn’t believe all that was necessary for just two people, Mr. and Mrs. Butterworth. I decided at an early age not to go into the laundry business.”
Group of Butterworth staff outside of Deer Lodge
in California, Anna Malmstead is on the farleft
Albert Boost began working for the Butterworths in 1911. From an early age he wanted to travel and learn and began his career in hotel training in 1898 or 1899, barely earning five dollars a week after graduation. As a butler his job consisted of more than being a waiter. Boost was essentially the manager. He was responsible for hiring, firing, and training staff: looking after food and wine orders; and supervising parties.
His most memorable experience happened in 1948 when Prince Bertil of Sweden was a guest at the home. Boost and the Prince had a conversation in which Boost was asked about Mrs. Butterworth. He replied, “Everybody in the town knows how good she is, her many charities, her kindnesses the wonderful things she has done for the community. She is the best to work for, really takes care of her help.” After life at the Butterworth home, Boost retired in Santa Barbara with his family.