Thank you to Bill Ford for the following information and story.
I really appreciate this, Bill. (He also submitted the photo).
It shows Bill posing in front of the wolf. Bill is a fellow member of the Yukon Order of Pioneers.
Bill and his wife Lenore have lived in Whitehorse for many years. I should mention Bill also worked on the crew that surveyed the Dempster Highway, besides working on Klondike dredges, etc.
His letter follows:
In the winter of 1963-‘64, I was working on a Cat train clearing a road from Klondike Crossing to Porcupine River, a distance of 350 miles.
The bulldozer cleared the snow down to permafrost for the trucks to reach their destination.
A wolf was run over.
A driver picked up the frozen wolf and brought it to the camp and put it in the snow in front of the cook house.
After recovering from an operation in 1943, I got a job with Bennett and White Construction. The US Air Force needed longer runways for the military aircraft that were flying to Russia.
I worked at various jobs in 1944 and returned to Vancouver.
I returned in 1948 and went to work for Yukon Consolidated Gold Corp., working at thawing the ground ahead of Dredge No. 4. I also worked on No. 6 Dredge and No. 6 Hydraulic.
P.S. Bill also mentioned later, he first arrived in the Yukon in 1943. And he worked on the dredges in 1943. And he worked on the dredges in 1948 in the Klondike. Also, he doesn’t remember when he moved here permanently.
Last, he worked on the Dempster Highway in 1959.
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