Born in Saanenland, he died in poverty in Devant-de-l’Etivaz, at the entrance to the Pissot gorge. Very little is known about his life.
Where he lived between his youth, spent in the Simmental, and his adult life in Pays-d’Enhaut is not known. None of his documents have ever been found. The only traces of him are to be found in the archives of the commune of Château-d’Œx, which refused him a settlement permit in 1847.
From reported testimonies, we know that Hauswirth worked as a wood cutter and charcoal burner around Rougemont.
He hired out his services to various farms in the area.
When he had time of an evening, he would take out his scissors and start cutting paper. He would leave cuttings as a thank you for meals he was given.
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