Cariboo Calling returns on July 21

Children of the pioneers recall stories of the early Cariboo lifestyles

  • Jul. 21, 2016 8:00 a.m.

After a five-year hiatus, the 100 Mile House Free Press is bringing back the classic Cariboo Calling!

This year’s supplement is about the children of the pioneers, sons and daughters of the men and women who made a mark in the history of Cariboo.

We will tell the story about growing up in a pioneer family, saluting the people who shaped our home,” says Free Press publisher Martina Dopf.

There will be more than 10 articles, with accompanying photos, pertaining to different families and treasured locations around the Cariboo area.

David Shaw-McLaren talks about the volunteer mentality his parents, Chuck and Eleanor Shaw-MacLaren, instilled in him and his siblings growing up in 100 Mile House in the 1960s.

There will be an in-depth look at the Larson family from Ole and Hilda Larson’s arrival from Norway in 1912 to their children’s involvement with the Bridge Lake community.

Enid “Dimps” Horn, daughter of Walter “Shorty” and Alice Horn, discusses the history of growing up and taking over the family business at the Watch Lake Lodge.

The legacy of Peter Skene Ogden and his long line of descendants including Percy Ogden who moved into his great-grandfather’s home in Lac la Hache will be told.

Travel with Second World War veteran and distinguished trapper Edward Frank Dixon through the trials of his life, including the loss of siblings at an early age, losing his arm in a mill accident and being mauled by a grizzly bear and living to tell the tale.

Learn about the history of the Lone Butte Water Tower that was completed in 1920 and the importance it held for the Pacific Great Eastern railway, which by 1919, ran from Squamish to Lone Butte.

Come to know Charlie Reed, the man who travelled from Sweden in 1920 to help work on the railway and now has a mural on the south side of the South Cariboo Theatre.

Experience a true pioneer woman’s life with Johann Miller as she recounts the days of living a simple but always demanding life with her parents, Charlie and Lorraine Faessler.

Step inside 150 Mile School with Janet Wright, who carried out many duties including teacher’s aid and librarian’s aid for nearly 38 years.

Marvin Monical talks about learning the ways of a rancher and the true worth of respecting others from his father while they worked the Monical Ranch in the 105.

Toody Shirran and Stella Rosenau reminisce about their parents, Everett Lee Greenlee and Edna (Opal) Greenlee. Everett ran a trapline with a series of trappers cabins on Hendricks Creek. One such cabin, called the Trappers Cabin, was resurrected at the 108 Heritage Site in 1999.

Earl Cahill recalled his days as a youth when he would catch a ride into town on his father’s steam engine train and worked for George and Ma Murray at the Log Cabin Theatre as an assistant projectionist.

These stories and more will be available in this in-depth and captivating edition of the Cariboo Calling.

Cariboo Calling will be included with this week’s Free Press and a limited supply with be available at the Free Press office and several businesses throughout town.

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