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Memo with The Hazelton Queek in the British Columbia Archives

Mrs. H.K. Andrews’ writing.
In the year 1880, I went North with my brother to stay with our people, the Tomlinsons. My brother [was] to assist in farm and agricultural work which Mr. Tomlinson the missionary was starting to help the Indians improve their mode of life. And had settled at a little place called Ankihtlast [Ankitlast] about 150 miles from the Coast and about 20 miles from Hazelton, near the head of navigation on the Skeena. I went to try and help my sister with the children (four in number).
In the year of 80 and 81, Bp [Bishop] and Mrs. Ridley having been sent by the CMS [Christian Missionary Society] to be head of the Missions were living at what we called the “Forks”, (The junction of the Bulkley and Skeena), now I believe called Old Hazelton.
Wishing to do all possible to help the whites, Mrs Ridley started what she called pleasant evenings on every Tuesday and her house was open house, specially for the men who came out from Omineca. An evening of readings, music and general social intercourse. This social evening developed into a desire for a weekly paper. Both the Bp. and Mrs. R. were talented and had taken many sketches locally. Mrs R. and I going out together, sketching up the Haguilket [Hagwilget] Valley.
There was no news coming in for the winter months from the outside world. We were absolutely cut off till spring would come. So everyone was expected to help in gathering items of interest, a riddle, a story, anything. My brother sent weather readings from our mission station. I contributed a few sketches, for our paper was an illustrated one, and we looked forward to receiving it on Sat[urday].
The Bp. [Bishop] wrote out and transferred it on a gelatine press in sufficient numbers for the regular customers. About 10 or 12, I suppose,  the Hankins, ourselves and the miners.

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Publisher Hazelton B.C. : Hazelton Queek Office
Language English
Repository Original Format: University of British Columbia. Archives. B.C. Historical Newspapers Collection
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