Cassiar Courier, April 1978
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Reflections from a Log Cabin
By Brenda Mallory
Somebody asked me the other day if I really lived in a log cabin. Another
question I get is "how can you stand living in the bush without
I thought I'd take a few lines this month and explain our way of life.
I guess the biggest problem is water. During the summer we carry water 150
yards from an underground stream. However, now we bring the water from
town in four 2-gallon jugs. We have a 30-gallon tank in the house which we
try to keep filled.
For heat we have an oil furnace and a Franklin fireplace. Most often we
only use the oil heat, but on very cold nights the old fireplace is stoked up to
cut the chill.
The rest of our facilities are propane (lights, fridge, stove). As yet
we've had no trouble with anything freezing up.
Our washroom facilities of course are outside. On some of those -35
mornings it's a mite chilly, but we came up with a great idea. We covered
the seat with styrofoam (naturally we had a hole in it). It's so warm
you'd almost think someone just left. Those of you who have cabins should
As a closing note I'd like to remind everyone traveling our roads to be prepared
It amazes me the number of people stuck on the road who have no shovel, chains,
tow rope, or even the basic necessities for a prolonged wait for help.
Our Snow Queen
On Saturday evening, March 18, 1978, Cassiar residents were entertained and
enthralled by watching nine Cassiar lovelies compete in our local Snow Queen
This contest was instigated and organized by Carole Styres, assisted by Heather
Our nine lovely contestants first went to Whitehorse and rode on the Cassiar
float, which was entered in the Sourdough Rendezvous. Then on March 18 the
participants completed the competition exercises in a stunning show or original
costumes and gowns of their choice.
They appeared first in the costumes they created and were judged on the
costumes design and originality. Then the young ladies paraded in gowns
and were judged on their poise and the suitability of the gown in style and
The judges were Eve Thirlwell, Doreen Pewsey, Brian Chandler, Bill Riddle, and
Dr. Willy Shane.
Sherri Sethan was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening and kept the
audience well informed on each event.
Mr. Bob Barks presented the gifts of jade necklaces and flowers to each of the
contestants. He also crowned the queen.
The contestants were:
- Sherry Smith -- Miss Baseball, costumed as an "Ookpik."
- Jill Dougray -- Miss Royal Bank, costumed as an "Icicle Goddess."
Marlene Storoschuck assisted Jill with her costume.
- Susan Guth -- Miss Retail Store, costumed as "Snow White."
- Christel Daum -- Miss Staff House, costumed as a "Snowflake."
- Barbara Guderjahn -- Miss Finning Tractor, costumed as the "Northern
- Estelle Berube -- Miss Cassiar School, costumed as a "Snow Man."
- Ann Marie Santos -- Miss Cassiar School (sic), costumed as an "Ice
Skater." Irene Marques assisted Ann Marie with her costume.
- Margy Beaulieu -- Miss Cassiar Hospital, costumed as a "Snow Man."
- Joanne Neilson -- Miss Community Club, costumed as a "Snowy Bunny."
- Miss Jill Dougray was crowned Snow Queen, with Sherry Smith first
runner-up, named as her Princess.
In addition to her other gifts the Snow Queen was presented with a parka,
made and donated by Mrs. Rattray.
During the Schmoo Daze celebrations in Cassiar these past two weeks, Miss
Dougray led our parade on Friday, March 31, 1978. Sunday, April 9, Jill
presented the trophies at the closing exercises.
The Cassiar community congratulates all the young ladies and wishes the Snow
Queen success and happiness during her reign.
Cassiar Bits & Pieces
- It was nice to see Ed and Linda Hanley, and Hans and Diane Bilger back in
town for a visit.
- Congratulations to Jan Binder, who won $107,000 in the Yellowknife Dog Derby
- Phyllis Savard, nee Hubbell, passed away suddenly on March 22 in Prince
George. She leaves a son, Dennis. The Hubbel family were long-time
Cassiar residents before they moved to the Prince George area.
- Fred Smidt-Nielsen's brother and sister-in-law, Morten and Eileen, came from
Copenhagen to participate in their second Cassiar Bonspiel in three years.
This time they didn't go home empty-handed, as their team came 3rd in the 'B'
- Congratulations to Jim Church, who left to be married in Vancouver in April,
and then hopes to go to South America in August to work as a Safety Supervisor
on a railway construction project.
- Cassiar curlers just keep travelling around. Norm Cosnett and teammates
John Ellis, Norman Day, and Mary Tomashewski -- along with Mario Gimmi's team
made up of Percy Andrews, Dave Hope, and Peggy Tomashewski -- participated in
Cantung's Annual Bonspiel, and both teams were in the prizes.
- Erin Zimmer, Mary Elhorn, and Hine Robichaud attended the Ladies Bonspiel in
Fairbanks from April 6-9.
- Lorne Armstrong's brother Mike, with his wife and two daughters, were here
from Whitehorse during the Easter holidays. Do you think Mike will ever
make a curler, Lorne?
- Home for Easter Break were students Debbie Ellis from Victoria, Margaret Voss
from Vancouver, Stephen Leathley from Scotland, and Tracy Zemenchik from
Vancouver. Tracy also brought her niece, Shannon Giles, for a visit with
Grandpa and Grandma.
- Ted Snoeks, who was assistant bar manager, has returned to Montreal.
- Al, Margaret and Helga Wagner, and Mrs. Kittner are away on holidays.
While they are out they will be attending Peter McKeage's graduation from Basic
Officer Training in Chilliwack. Following this Peter will be stationed at
the Air Force Base in Cold Lake, Alberta.
- A baby shower was held for Wendy Farrell, hosted by Terry Tschritter. A
surprise guest at the shower was baby Kerry Farrell, who unexpectedly arrived a
couple of weeks early.
- Clive and Marjorie Morrison spent their recent holidays in Ontario.
- Donna Montgomery is off to Scotland for a month for a surprise family reunion
for her mother's retirement and birthday, which are on the same day.
- Doreen Clements and Phyllis Hardy have just returned from a buying trip to
Vancouver, so their stores should have some new goodies soon.
- Mr. and Mrs. Doug Dupont left Cassiar recently and will be residing in
Ladysmith. Graham Paterson and Gary Stratton also left in March, and Gary
is presently vacationing in Texas. Good luck to all of you in your new
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Dunn and family, 237 Kennedy St.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fox and family, 357 Brown St.
Joe Curry and Dorothy Young, 502 Malozemoff Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Smith and family, 379 McDame St.
Brenda and Al out at Four-Mile had the pleasure of a visitor from Lantzville.
Jim Milne will stay long enough to adjust to the climate.
Mrs. Ruth Elhorn from Wanham, Alberta, is visiting her son and
daughter-in-law, Ray and Mary Elhorn. She is helping Ray look after the
family while Mary is curling in Fairbanks.
Irene and Peter Brown, Bev Kriutof, and Gary Periard came back from the Elsa
Bonspiel with the Bonspieler's Prize.
NOTE OF THANKS: The first weekend of Winter Carnival presented us with quite
a problem. Two hundred and twenty children plus adults came into town to
participate in the Minor Hockey Tournament. All of these visitors had to
be billetted. In a town the size of Cassiar one would assume that it would
have been almost impossible. However, the people of Cassiar came through
once again. Without their help our task would have been impossible.
Not only the parents of the children involved in Minor Hockey took billetts into
their homes, but also many others (including people who have no children of
their own). We wish to take this opportunity to thank you all. Thank
you also to Father Pauwels for allowing us to use the church basement, and to
Rev. Beacham for allowing us to use the church hall. Last but by no means
least, we wish to thank Cassiar Asbestos Corporation for all their help.
We also wish to apologise to those of you who were inconvenienced by the the
irregular times of arrival. Once again, thank you. - Dee Ellis and
Town Council News
A meeting of the Town Council was held on February 20th, 1978 at 7:30 p.m.
The following points were raised:
- Mrs. Genn and Mrs. Ellis make up a committee which is looking into grants
and tax rebates, etc., which may be obtained for the construction of the
Craft Centre. No replies have yet been received. The Ski Club is very
interested in sharing the Craft Centre's premises. The feasibility of this
is being looked into.
- Mr. Pete Brown resigned his position on the council because of other
- Mr. Barks and Mr. Vanheel were present to represent the Snowmobile Club.
The RCMP have extended permits to May 31, 1978. Council has written to the
Snowmobile Club giving them until that time to abide by proposals set down
by the Council. The representatives said that the club had wanted to follow
these proposals, but that the membership was against it. As the club
represents only twenty percent of snowmobile operators, they feel it is not
their responsibility to solve the problem. They did feel that one solution
would be for the RCMP? (sic) to fine or take away permits for violations of
the proposals. It was decided that two councillors would discuss the
situation with the RCMP.
- Mr. Brian Chandler was present to report on the Youth Centre. He said that
most of the furnishings had been returned to the centre, and that electrical
fixtures and plumbing had been fixed. There are a few more problems which
are being dealt with. He asked that the terms on which the Town Council
handed over the centre to the Community Club be revised. This would allow
the centre to be utilized for more than its present six hours a week. The
Community Club would guarantee that any Youth Group activities would have
precedence. Council agreed.
Contributed by Ron Schmidt
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