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Today in local history - March 15, 2023

A look into the Alaska Highway News archives
Fort St. John’s Lee Clapp had an impressive display of 1881 Marlin repeating rifles at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club show in March 1990. Organizers estimate 1,000 people attended.

20 YEARS AGO – March 15, 1991

The British Columbia Growth and Opportunities Fund, also known as GO BC, has awarded the District of Hudson’s Hope with a grant for $228,575. The grant will be used to help construct an expanded museum in Hudson’s Hope. Provincial Secretary Howard Dirks said that the municipality is working with the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society to add onto the present museum and also to build an underground coal tipple. North Peace MLA Anthony Brummet said, “the coal mine will have video and audio effects that will depict the exact replica of the coal tipple that existed in Hudson’s Hope years ago."

39 YEARS AGO – March 15, 1984

First baby born in Tumbler Ridge. Tumbler Ridge has its first ‘happy event’ on Wednesday morning, when a baby boy was born to Brenda and Jack Duhaime. The youngster weighed in at 8 pounds and 12 ounces and is apparently quite healthy. All the same, his timing was a bit off. He was three weeks late and decided to make his appearance while his mother was at home, with only his 18-month-old sister for company. His father, sensing that the birth was imminent, had gone for help. Mrs. Duhaime had been intending to go to Dawson Creek to have the baby but ended up having it at home, on her own. Mayor Pat Walsh expressed delight at the news, noting that it wasn’t often a person has the chance to be the first born in a community.

45 YEARS AGO – March 15, 1968

David Trotter, aged 17 of Taylor, has once again brought home the top prize of the Peace River Science Fair. This year the fair was held in Grande Prairie. David won out of 125 other competitors with his process of analyzing the six basic gasses in air pollution. As a result, he will be attending the National Science Fair to be held at UBC. In 1966, David won the same prize for a different entry and went to Windsor, Ont., where he received honourable mention in the national fair. Other North Peace students bringing home prizes from Grande Prairie this year were: Glynnas Adlard, Joyce Loeppky, and Kevin King.

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