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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 33

The “great advantage” Charlotte Small provided David Thompson as she accompanied her husband on his exploration and surveying endeavours was not only that of her pleasant personality and Métis heritage, but also her linguistic attributes. She spoke French and Cree and was able to decipher related dialects of the tribes they met along the way. “She moved easily among them and was more readily trusted, for although her father was a lowland Scot, Charlotte’s appearance was that of her mother’s people.” Her grandson William Scott, described her as “about five feet tall, active and wiry, with black eyes and skin almost copper-coloured”.

Beth Wilkins 3 days ago Editorial
•	IMG_ 000.00 – View from Misery Mountain shows approximate area at the confluence of Heart and Peace rivers where David Thompson was said to have camped in the early 1800s. Note: three bridges over the Heart River. The pedestrian bridge leads to the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre on the right bank of the Heart.
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Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 31

We learned of William Ogilvie and his carrying out the orders of his superior the Surveyor-General, July 1891, to survey the region drained by the Peace River and tributaries between the boundary of British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains and “collect any information that may be of value relating to that region”. It was largely left up to Ogilvie the “nature and extent” of his work and the method by which he conducted his surveys. This, he recorded in his April 1892 report Peace River and Tributaries to the Minister of the Interior [mistakenly referred to in previous Ponderings as Surveyor -General in reference to report].

Beth Wilkins April 2, 2021 Editorial
•	2008.037.60 – Christ Church, at the Church of England (Anglican) Mission at Shaftesbury Settlement, River Lot 11 Shaftesbury Trail, a site now (2021) occupied by Bridgeview Gardens. Some sources suggest the church was built in 1886, while others indicate it was later. Nevertheless, sources agree it was closed August 1914, as a new church was constructed in Peace River Crossing, 18 miles away, to accommodate the growing number of worshipers in that community.

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