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Ruby McBeth: A blast from St. Martin's past

I was intrigued when I received an e-mail from Libby Madden (nee Storrs) a niece of Monica Storrs. She and her husband Ken live in Bath, England and wanted to know more about the work Miss Storrs had done in this area and whether people remembered her. 
Libby and Monica
Monica Storrs, second from left, Libby Madden, far right, and family, in Bath, England.

Hudson’s Hope Pioneer Cemetery

One afternoon last month Lorne and I drove out to Hudson’s Hope to check out their graveyards. We went first to the Pioneer Cemetery which is up the hill to the north overlooking Hudson’s Hope. We recognized some old names such as Kyllo, Gething, and Thomas. When we were walking back to the car Lorne told me to take a picture of a gravestone as it was for a North West Mounted Policeman. 

I was glad I had because when I got home and consulted the Peacemakers book I found that Edith Kyllo had devoted four pages to “Our Mountie – William Carter.” Carter grew up in England where he worked as a stable hand. When he got to Canada this qualified him to enter the Royal North West Mounted Police training program in Regina. His story begins on page H27 of the Peacemakers of North Peace.

Monica Storrs

I was intrigued when I received an e-mail from Libby Madden (nee Storrs) a niece of Monica Storrs. She and her husband Ken live in Bath, England and wanted to know more about the work Miss Storrs had done in this area and whether people remembered her. 

Libby and Ken sent a letter of best wishes to the people of St. Martins on their 90th anniversary, which was on August 23. They also sent a picture of Libby with Monica. Other people also sent congratulations including Bishop Doug Hambidge, Greg Lindsay, Rita Onofrechuk, Adrienne Wood, and Barb Buxton and, of course, our own Bishop David Lehmann. It was fun connecting with people who had moved away.

An anniversary Eucharist and party was held outside the Church of the Good Shepherd in Taylor on Sunday, August 29. A good time was had by all.

Seniors’ News

On Thursday, September 9, seniors are invited to a barbecue at the seniors’ hall. This is for people 50 or over. Doors open at 9 for social activities. People new to the club can join in or watch as they wish. The barbecue will be from 11:30 to 1:00. For inquiries call 250-785-9897 or Deb at 778-256-3710. And yes the bbq is free. If you forget your face mask extras will be provided.

Archery Anyone

The New Totem Archery Club is open on Wednesday evenings 7-9 and Sunday afternoons 2-4. Phone Graham at 250-793-7304 if you have questions.

Learning the Lingo

 Our word of the week is ‘flash drive’.  A flash drive, sometimes called a thumb drive or USB drive, is a small device the size of your thumb which can be used to transfer data from one device to another. As an example, I put some pictures from my computer onto a thumb drive and took it into Unforgettable Memories to print pictures for the fall fair. My daughter Barbara explained how to use it and I am now on board with this handy device.  I wonder why I didn’t learn to use one ages ago. Slow learner I guess.  

Quote of the Week

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” Carl Sagan.

Ruby McBeth lives in Fort St. John.