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Ruby McBeth: Upper Halfway memories

The Fort St. John Seniors Task Force also has some fun events planned
This picture was taken beyond the Halfway River First Nation, looking south towards the Halfway River.

Lorne and I took a drive up the highway wanting to see what the country was like beyond the Halfway River First Nation. That is where the Westergaard, Lexau, and MacLean ranches were located. The land has changed owners, but the beautiful river valley is still being farmed. 

We were surprised that the road was paved all the way to the bridge over the Halfway River. Beyond that, the road forks: the one to the right goes up to the Simpson Ranch while the one straight on goes to the Federal Ranch. 

In May of 1956, Lorne was part of a ground crew working on the Iron Creek fire. They walked in from near the MacLean Ranch. Sterling Cousins, the man in charge of forestry, told Mel Clarke who had a sawmill on the Inga Lake Road to take his crew in to fight the Iron Creek fire, which was how Lorne was recruited. They thought they were going in for three days, but it turned out to be over two weeks. After a few days, forestry dropped some socks off as they had not gone in prepared for a long stay. Harvey Gabert was one of the Cat drivers working on that fire line. 

Seniors Reunite

The Fort St. John Seniors Task Force has some fun events planned. I hope you have enjoyed them so far. We still have events 4 through 9 coming up. The schedule is as follows:

  • Event #4 Night at the movies on Wednesday October 13;

  • Event #5 Dinner and Bingo on Wednesday October 27;

  • Event #6 Live Music Performance on November 13;

  • Event #7 Internet literacy session on Wednesday November 24;

  • Event #8 Santa Claus Parade and Cookie Decorating on Saturday December 4; and finally,

  • Event #9 Christmas lights Tour and Photo Booth on December 15.

To register or ask questions contact Savannah at or phone 250-785-9697. 

Learning the Lingo

This week’s terms are USB cable and USB port. If you are connecting a printer, mouse, or keyboard to your computer with a cable you are probably using a USB cable. The place you plug the cable in is called a USB port; it is a rectangle about 1 cm long. USB is actually very complicated, but so are computers and we can use them without knowing all the details. 

Quote of the Week

“Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” - Winston Churchill

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.