al oster and friend onstage in 1961

Thank you to Jack Ramsden of the town of Three Hills, Alta., for responding to my column about Al Oster of Sept. 22, 2010.

Thank you to Jack Ramsden of the town of Three Hills, Alta., for responding to my column about Al Oster of Sept. 22, 2010. A photograph with the article showed Oster, as well as Jack’s mother, Margaret Ramsden. She is holding a microphone. Jack appears to be delighted to have seen my article and I’m glad he wrote in.

Al Oster is a great performer of many types of songs. I especially love his Yukon songs. He has written some really great stuff – such as My Yukon Book of Memories, Paddlewheeler, Irena Cheyenne, etc. – songs that certainly resonate with the soul of the North. Al Oster is still performing and remains a legend of the North.

The “homesick Yukoner” Jack Ramsden’s letter follows:

Dear Jim:

Just looking at a picture of Al Oster in September of 2011 and singing on stage in 1961? I was shocked to find that my mother, Margaret Ramsden, was in the picture along with Al, holding a microphone. Mom has been gone for 16 years but it was a total thrill to see her with Al Oster.

My mom came to Whitehorse as a telephone operator in 1947 and left the Yukon in 1976. I was born in Whitehorse in 1954 and left for college in 1972. Unfortunately, I was never to make Whitehorse my home again. The last time I was home was on Dec. 23 to 30 in 1975 for my sister Anne’s wedding.

Any chance I could get a digital copy of the photo in the Sept. 22, 2010 article?

Thanks so much,

A Homesick Yukoner

Jack Ramsden