FROM THE JAN. 20, 1944 NEWS RECORD:
D.A. “Kelley” Swenson, former druggist at Edelman’s, told the Lions on Wednesday that if they are contemplating a trip to Alaska by car after the war, to be prepared for a long, rough journey. Swenson, who has been employed by a construction company working on the Canada to Alaska highway since February 1943, stated that the 1,630-mile project from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks, Alaska, presented many hardships for the men who blazed through the forests and waded in swamps in order to complete the highway. “Today convoys operate day and night on the highway,” Swenson added. There are airports every 150 miles with emergency landing strips in between. The project isn’t entirely completed, but is being pushed rapidly by army engineers. He reminded Lions not to plan any short vacation trips over the new highway, for the distance is deceiving when translated into hours of travel.
FROM THE JAN. 14, 1954 NEWS RECORD:
Roger Hockett and Kenneth “Butch” Samson were injured last Monday evening about 8:30 p.m. when the car in which they were riding struck a deep ditch and threw them both into the windshield, it was reported. The accident happened near the Clifford Harrod place while they were hunting rabbits. Hockett was reported to have gone through the glass and was hospitalized, while Samson, the driver, received only scratches.