Our family had a store in Snow Lake from approx 1950 to 1965. Georgette and Stan Major were family friends who lived near Wekusko Falls and they supplied the lumber to build our store in Snow Lake.
By Linda C Butler
Told by Georgette Major
In the late 1940s, Snow Lake was under construction and there was a demand for lumber from our sawmill at Tramping Lake for the building boom.
Stan cut trees in the winter months and then used Old Blue, our horse, to manoeuvre the logs through the bush to the lakeshore, where they were piled until spring, and then floated to the mill in a log boom.
In the summer months we cut the logs into lumber, but there was no work for Old Blue, and he roamed the area feeding on the wild grasses. Usually he did not stray far from the Wekusko Falls area, where we lived, but one day he followed to road to Snow Lake, a distance of ten miles.
Old Blue arrived in Snow Lake early in the morning and trotted to the lakeshore for a drink. There were already some homes in the townsite and he was attracted to the new growth and bright flowers of the newly planted gardens, which he sampled. The new residents of Snow Lake had hauled soil from the surrounding area to build their small gardens and they were not pleased to have a horse tramping through their yards and tasting their vegetables and flowers.
Snow Lake is a mining town and there were no nearby farms and very few horses in the area and Old Blue was recognized as belonging to the sawmill. We had no telephone, but an urgent message reached us that our horse was wandering through the town and we must come and retrieve him. Old Blue was the first horse to visit Snow Lake and he was not welcome.
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