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Grand Trunk Pathway
Cramer St History
Ferry Island
Relay for Life, May 3, 2008
Terrace-Kitimat Airport
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Child Development Centre
Terrace Area War Memorial

Private Berger War Mystery

No 1, Armoured Train, WWII
WWII Mutiny
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Logging Archives
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Kitsumgallum Cemetery
Braun's Island
Hatt Brothers Store
Lanfear Hill
Kitsumkalum School
Albert & McCaffery Ltd.
Gordon & Anderson Ltd.

Prince Rupert
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BC Govt. Court House
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Grand Trunk Pacific, Page 1 - 2
GTP Steamships-SS Prince- Rupert/George
Hotel History
Lindsay's Cartage & Storage
Miller Bay Hospital
Post Office History
Prince Rupert Dry Dock
Prince Rupert Riots

Seal Cove
Watson Island
First Around the World Flight
Rupert Area Cemeteries

Dodge- Hospital Island
Digby Island

North West BC Area
Aiyansh Tseax Volcano Cone
Alice Arm
Anyox 1, 2, 3
Barrett Lake
Bateman's Landing
Cedarvale / Minskinish
Copper City
Evelyn Station
Falls River Hydro Dam (Pr Rupert)
Fiddler Creek
Hanall Point
Hazeltons- Old / New / South
Kemano / Kitimat, mid 1950's
Kitselas- (Old Town/ Canyon)
Kitsumkalum Lake
Lakelse Lake Valley
Lorne Creek
Nass Camp
North Bulkley
Port Edward
Port Essington
Prince Rupert
Quick Station
Skeena City
Skeena Crossing

Cassiar District
Glenora Landing
Lake House
Laketon/Lake Town

Porter Landing/ Thibert Creek
Telegraph Creek

North Coast
Ethelda Bay (DOT site)
Fort / Port Simpson

Georgetown Mills/ Georgetown
Woodcock's Landing

Skeena / Bulkley Pioneers
Arthur Lee Clore
Michaud Brothers
George Albert Kerr
John "David" Stuart
Rev. Thomas Jabez Marsh
James Darius Wells
Frank Lazelle

Frederick "Fred" Hampton
James Kelso Gordon
Frank Phiscator Jr. and Sr.
Oscar Olander / Paul Brodin
Dennis Tulley Christopher

Joel "Joe" Trulson
Samuel Arden Singlehurst
John Arthur Clark King Sealy
William Binnie "Tom" Forrest
Clair Leon Morris Giggey
Charles Merson "Charlie" Adam
Mrs Lanfear, Miss French

Grand Trunk Pacific History
GTP Railway Station Index

GTP Railway Contractors
GTP Railway Medical Service
Grand Trunk Pacific, Page 1 - 2
GTP Steamships-SS Prince Rupert
Foley, Welch and Stewart
Dr. William Percy Johns
Dr. Seymour Traynor
Daniel Joseph Dempsey
Edwin G. Russell
Adolph Butze
Frank Watrous Morse
George Alexander McNicholl
Joseph Frederick "Fred" Ritchie
Ernest Joseph Rowley
Allan Cameron Aldous
William Pitt Murray
Henry H. Brewer
Dr. Francis James Ewing
Western Canadian Immigration Association

Dominion Government Telegraph
Dominion Telegraph System
John Theodore Phelan

Enoch Roscoe Lukens Jones
Hugh Bernard Ashton Birch
Thomas Howard Walsh
John Franklin Richardson

Sternwheeler History
Capt. William Francis Madden
SS Mount Royal Sinking

Capt. George Hamilton Ritchie

SS Princess Norah

SS Prince Rupert / Prince George

Misc Pages
Misc History Info
BC Tel Northern District History
Various Pictures, Northern BC

Skeena River Photos
Copper River Bridge
Russian Stone Fort Mystery
North Route Service Center

Ski Hill History
BC Coastal Airline History
NW BC Logger's Memorial, Usk
Usk Pioneer Chapel
Usk Ferry Page
Forestry Lookouts
Kitselas Tunnel Explosion
New Zealand Moose?
Bear Glacier

1978 Flood, Northwest BC
Sunsets, Mountains, Lakes, Creeks
Reg German Anyox Archive Photos
Robert Ridley
Arthur Marsden "Art" Priestley
Monckton Family
Postcard Photographers
Patrick Joseph Ryan
Oolichan Fish

Vancouver Island
Logging Archive Pictures

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Jan 22, 1974
North Route Service Center
Truck Stop, Avalanche

Prior to Tuesday, Jan 22, 1974, at 8 am
 a  Truck Stop, Gas Station, Cafe, Motel, Trailer Park, Complex
existed 28 miles West of Terrace, on Highway 16,
until a massive avalanche came down
and wiped out the whole Family Business,
sadly taking 7 lives with it.

This page is in honour of those that died in this horrific disaster.

Record snowfall of over 5 ft in the week before this
would have caused the avalanche
from the 5226 ft mountain behind the complex.

The complex was covered by 40 ft of snow.
400 yards x 100 yards in size.

More than 100 searchers, and some special search dogs
 participated in the search.

4 bodies, and a survivor, were removed on the Tuesday,
the day of the avalanche.
Volmar Werner "Bill" Zobel,
a 30 year old Mail truck driver, from Prince Rupert,
was found alive, buried under 5-10 ft of snow.
Dave Newman, Okanagan Helicopters Pilot,
flew him to Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.
His Mail truck was found split in half.
He delivered mail from Kitimat, Terrace to Prince Rupert.
He was buried for over 5 hours.

During the pre dawn hours on Wednesday
 they found 3 more bodies.

One of the dead, Alan Wayne Macdonald, age 22,
a Highways Department Employee, who lived in Terrace
was operating a snowplow on the highway.

another deceased, Steven "Steve" Mintenko,
the Service Station Attendant,
and brother-in-law of Charles Daumont.

4th victim wasn't identified right away.
Missing Charles Daumont, owner of the station.

Later the body of Denise Daumont,
Charles Daumont's daughter was located.
she was age 18, and a waitress in the restaurant.

Denise's 2 year old dog, a Labrador and Samoyed cross,
named "Lady", was found, 3 days later,
alive on top of the debris, by her brother.
A fellow in Burnaby took the dog in.

Body of Charles Daumont was found,
as well as Gerald Melvin Lagimodiere, age 27,
the Bartender in the Empire Hotel, Prince Rupert.
Newspaper accounts say his first name was Donald?
also Ted Armstrong, a Highways Grader Operator from Terrace,
and Hans Peter Engler, from Prince Rupert.

The grader and a truck were untouched.
Everyone was in the restaurant, when the avalanche struck.

The Daumont family had no insurance,
due to the isolation of the business.
Building loss was estimated at $90,000.00
the land was leased.
Mr. Daumont had worked for the Highway Department
for 12 years before building on this site.

Sad reading newspapers of the time,
The Daumont family had a real problem with looters.
Not sure why people think they have the right to steal
from folks that have not much of anything left.
This happened here, and many places after.
I know during flooding in Roche Percee SK
a year ago, looters were stealing TV's from
flooded houses.  The lowest of the low,
when they turn to stealing from someone that is virtually helpless
to defend themselves. 
Stanley Cup rioters ring a bell as well.
Not many years ago, they shot looters.
I'm thinking they should bring that action back!

7 Deceased

1. Owner- Charles Louis Daumont,
b- Aug 15, 1921, Edmonton AB
d- age 52,

son of Louis Andre Daumont and Margueritte  Tarlier
both born in Ares France.

wife- Anne Mintenko

2. Theodore Gerald "Ted" Armstrong
b- Jan 10, 1947, High Prairie AB
d- age 27

son of David Armstrong, and Ethel May Beckley

3. Stephon Joseph "Stephen" Mintenko
b- June 10, 1923, Arabella SK
d- age 50

son of Wasyl William Mintenko and Sadie Kurulok

4. Alan Wayne MacDonald
b- June 25, 1951 Presque Isle, Maine, USA
d- age 22

son of Lorne Laughlan MacDonald and Patricia Carey

5. Gerald Melvin Lagimodiere
b- Oct 31, 1946, Cold Lake AB
d- age 27

son of Louis Lagimodiere and ?

6. Hans Peter Engler
b- ? in Gladbeck Germany
d- age 25

son of Hans Peter Engler and Rennata ?

7. Denise Daumont
b- Jan 18, 1955 in Terrace BC
d- age 18

daughter of Charles Louis Daumont, and Anne Mintenko

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