Preserving Pioneer Memories

By (author): Witte Sisters
ISBN 9781895811346
Softcover | Publication Date: May 1, 1995
Book Dimensions: 9 in x 6 in
432 Pages
$39.95 CAD

About the Book

Who rode sidesaddle 300 miles a century ago to become Chilcotin’s first housewife? What rancher carried a portable piano in his buckboard? Who started the Williams Lake and the Ahaheim Lake Stampede? A vivid text and over 200 photographs recall pioneer life in the ranching country that extends westward some 200 miles from the Fraser River to Anahim Lake.

About the Author(s)

The Witte Sisters—Irene Bliss, Hazel Litterick, and Veera Witte Bonner—were born and raised at Big Creek, BC, the granddaughters of Chilcotin pioneers Tom Hance and Nellie Verdier. Irene and her husband, Bill, ranched at Redstone. Hazel ranched at Big Creek and became a well-known artist who specialized in Chilcotin landscapes in oil, acrylic, and watercolour. Veera and her husband, Jim Bonner, settled at Fletcher Creek where they ranched and raised two children while Veera pursued her lifelong interest in journalism and photography. She became a rural correspondent for the Williams Lake Tribune and over time amassed an extensive collection of material documenting the history and stories of the Chilcotin.