Peace River Editorial | Peace River Record Gazette
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 26
Telephone lines continued to ring true to the plan of Alberta Government Telephones to extend its operations north to Dixonville in 1946 and Battle River Country the following year – first major extension in the Peace Country for several years. Completion, as always, was dependent on availability – equipment, men and good weather. At one point, Battle River Country was served by a part-time telephone system using, sometimes unsatisfactory, Dominion Government Telephone lines.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 25
We discovered subscribers to the first telephone system in the Peace Country were charged $15/year with the agreement – any neighbour could come in and phone the central telegraph office for 10 cents. The first four on the line were on Shaftesbury Trail: the Anglican (River 11) and Catholic (River Lots 21, 22, 23) missions. Each had one, as did the Jean Collins homestead (River Lot 38) and Allie Brick (River Lot 12). This was possible through the work of G.E. McLeod, superintendent of construction – later reeve of the Village of Peace River, and his boomers who erected the poles on which the lines were strung.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 24
It was interesting to note in the preceding Ponderings, two telegraphers in their 80s continued their interest in the skill that provided them, years earlier, with a vital career – vital that is to communication. The Edmonton Journal reported the presentation of George Campbell and Jim Munsey, members of the International Morse Telegraph Club, to a Strathcona County audience, November 2011.
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 23
Telegraph lines, as we learned in the previous Ponderings, were a good communication device, carrying news of the day and other pertinent messages. The Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) and Dominion Government Telegraph (DGT) were the only Peace River communication links, other than the Royal Mail, often delivered by men with the aid of dog teams, canoes, steamer and shank’s mare, as well as by members of the North West Mounted Police on horseback, as they conducted their daily duties.
weather (Peace River)
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 20
The most recent Ponderings ended with a reference to fires being a usual occurrence in the early years of the community. They were a “terrible hazard in those days of tarpaper shacks as they were explosively inflammable. There was no water supply except the rivers, and often there was no way of getting the water to the burning building except by bucket brigade. In sub-zero weather, which was the time most fires occurred from overheated stoves, the ice on the rivers had to be chipped first in order to obtain water.”
Weekly Ponderings: People brought character and culture to Peace River Part 19
As usual, before continuing with a character’s story, we will review some of what transpired in the previous part. We are reminded of a Record-Gazette article, June 23, 1965, in which Jean Cameron Kelley recalls it was only children who lived within walking distance of the school on the “first bench” who attended. It was “just a little south of where the railroad crosses the road up the Grouard Hill [the part that now goes under Hwy. 2]. It had a bell tower with a bell, which I believe had been in some building in England, and which Mr. George procured”, writes Jean.
How conspiracists could prolong the pandemic
Since the start of the pandemic, we have been holding out hope on two things: that we can implement proper mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the infection and better treat those who become ill; and that we will eventually be able to develop a vaccine that will protect us against the virus going forward. Unfortunately, it’s looking increasingly likely that these two keys to salvation will be scuttled by the tinfoil-hat crowd, a group of people that society can no longer afford to ignore.