Ginnie Dunn Webb writes the Observer’s monthly senior’s column. Submitted photo

Column: this and that for seniors

Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb writes about the Wordspinners’ latest project

There’s a group of seniors — a committee from the Wordspinners Group — writing local pioneer stories with a plan to make a second volume of The Tribute To The Past.

I’m sure many people are familiar with the original book produced in 1985 by the local Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO) and published by Spartan Printing in Quesnel.

The first book has been so appreciated, and people have come forward to say they would have liked to get their story included too.

It would be impossible to have everyone’s story, of course, but it’s great to write as many as possible.

However, it seemed there are enough stories to fill another book — and so the writing began.

Many of the interviews are done personally, and many stories are being written from the Quesnel and District Museum and Archives interviews as well. Other families are writing their own stories.

If anyone wants to get their story included, we can probably still do so, especially if we have enough writers!

If there is someone interested in helping with this writing, that would be good. They should call Ruth Scoullar at 250-992-1567. If there is someone with a knowledge of publishing and/or layout that would be interested in giving advice, they should call too.

There’s no shortage of stories to tell! And if there is someone to offer advice or help in raising money for the project, they should also call. We have begun seeking some information but can certainly use more help.

Wordspinners has contacted OAPO to receive their permission to use the same title for the new book, so it would be Volume II, and the hope is that it would look the same too.

Events and updates

Ruth Scoullar wrote this column for a great many years and in all fairness, at the age of 90, she’s a bit tired!

During that time, Ruth attended a great number of meetings, and still does — so she collected her information for the column often as a result of those meetings.

However, I am not as inclined to attend meetings. Of course, sometimes I will.

Instead, I collect my information as I go about the business of my own life.

I am always looking for ideas to write about.

I would love to receive an email or a phone call if someone has a story or an idea to use. I love funny stories.

So you can email me at or call me at 250-747-7479.

Don’t forget the Seniors’ Strawberry Tea to be held at the Billy Barker Show Room on July 1. You must register to attend. Call 250-992-5875. The event is from 12:30p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there is an elevator available.

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