Andy Motherwell

Brookmere in 1924 from the Presley family album collection.

The power, history and beauty of steam

The years of steam as a source of railway power have passed many years ago.

Brookmere in 1924 from the Presley family album collection.
This photo is of the first diesel Kenworth hauling green lumber from the Wells area in 1987.

The age of diesel arrives

Andy Motherwell tells of the introduction of diesel trucks to the forest industry

This photo is of the first diesel Kenworth hauling green lumber from the Wells area in 1987.
General Custer's wife wrote a book describing camp life on a military campaign.

Custer’s wife reveals life as a civilian on a military campaign

Book written in 1885 by Elisabeth Custer describes was it was like to travel with Custer and the 7th Cavalry

General Custer's wife wrote a book describing camp life on a military campaign.
This sign near Sproat Lake

Be prepared

Andy Motherwell provides insight into the hazardous conditions on logging roads

This sign near Sproat Lake

Finmore – a town forgotten

Once the boom in railroad traffic slowed down, many towns like Finmore were abandoned

Dalton’s Hideaway – What’s in a Name?

Andy Motherwell provides an update on a story he brought to the paper regarding a former American deputy sheriff

The ex-army 6X6 truck fuels up at Sylvia’s before heading to the next chopper rendevous.

Using technology in the bug battle

Ministry of Forests are using modern technology to battle the latest bush enemy, the spruce budworm

The ex-army 6X6 truck fuels up at Sylvia’s before heading to the next chopper rendevous.
This 1950s logging truck is a testament to how logging was carried out.

BC logging: then and now

Retired forester Gordon Russell provides history of his 40 years in logging in Quesnel

This 1950s logging truck is a testament to how logging was carried out.
Added buildings at Hidden Paradise sided with slab lumber.

Hidden Paradise

Local amateur historian Andy Motherwell chronicles the life and loss of Hidden Paradise, a one-time busy recreational area.

Added buildings at Hidden Paradise sided with slab lumber.
The Antique Machinery Park has implements such as

Antique Machinery Park exhibits of interest

A snapshot of some of the more interesting exhibits at the AMP

The Antique Machinery Park has implements such as
This moose hangs out at Sylvia's Cafe.

Sylvia’s moose

Andy Motherwell provides a light-hearted look at the hunting season.

This moose hangs out at Sylvia's Cafe.
George Turner's old 45.

A beekeeper with a past

George Turner was a beekeeper, trapper and former deputy sheriff for Bat Masterson

George Turner's old 45.

Dangerous work in Chilcotin country

Andy Motherwell tells the story of lives lost in the pursuit of power

snowmobiles being repaired at Quesnel Works Yard by Canadian military in 1943.

Convoy comes to Quesnel during Second World War

In his column, Andy Motherwell tells the story of how Quesnel was connected to Second World War

snowmobiles being repaired at Quesnel Works Yard by Canadian military in 1943.
These girls were attending Helen Dixon high school in 1942 in Quesnel.

Students of ’42

The girls of yesterday, the matriachs of today, where they are and what they did

These girls were attending Helen Dixon high school in 1942 in Quesnel.
Junction sheep block

Where the sheep roam and the rivers meet

Andy Motherwell's column is about big horn sheep preservation

Junction sheep block
The original farm house of the Williams and Macalister families.

What’s the history of your land?

Andy Motherwell brings the history of the area to life in his column

The original farm house of the Williams and Macalister families.
This dugout canoe carried passengers up and down the waterways in the north and came to its final resting spot near the footbridge on the banks of the Fraser River where it finally rotted and was tossed in the river in 1943.

Another adventure in Quesnel’s history

A faithful boat's last days on the banks of the Fraser River near the footbridge in Quesnel

This dugout canoe carried passengers up and down the waterways in the north and came to its final resting spot near the footbridge on the banks of the Fraser River where it finally rotted and was tossed in the river in 1943.
This Model T was being driven to Alaska.

Model T makes trip to Fairbanks Alaska

They don't make cars like they used to as this Model T attests to

This Model T was being driven to Alaska.
This photo was taken in 1992 of a deteriorating cabin on Sawmill Flat.

History’s evidence

Old cabins mark where history was made but are deteriorating with time

This photo was taken in 1992 of a deteriorating cabin on Sawmill Flat.