Fonds 291 Ray Menard fonds

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1942-1943. — 92 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Ray Manard was born on Dec 17, 1914, in Gleichen, AB, and spent his childhood there. He moved up to Dawson Creek and worked on the building of the Alaska Highway during 1942-43. In 1944 he moved to Grande Prairie. In 2008 he residedin a senior’s care center in Hanna, AB.

Custodial History

These photographs were taken by Ray Menard and given to Alice Fortier who donated them to the South Peace Regional Archives in 2006.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 92 photographs taken by Ray during the time he worked as a mechanic and machinist on the construcion of the Alaska Highway between 1942-1943, including base camps, equipment and storage, winter road construction, summer construction, wrecks and spills, bridge work, and the Dawson Creek explosion. Included is a typed notation of photographs which have been identified and a newspaper article describing the Dawson Creek explosion.

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Table of Contents

Series 291.01 Base Camps
Series 291.02Equipment and Storage
Series 291.03Winter Road Construction- General
Series 291.04Winter Road Construction-Identified
Series 291.05Summer Road Construction – Identified
Series 291.06Wrecks and Spills
Series 291.07Rivers and Bridges
Series 291.08The Dawson Creek Explosion

 

Series 291.01Base Camps. — 1942-1943. — 7 photographs.The series consists of photographs of the Northwest Service Command U.S.A. busses and men, two men dressed in winter uniform, the muddy streets of Dawson Creek, a lumber mill and the Whitehorse Inn.
 
Northwest Service Command U.S.A., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A group of men lined up beside the bus, “Northwest Service Command U.S.A.”
Location: 0291.01.01
Northwest Service Command U.S.A. Busses, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Ray’s note on the back: “This is part of the fleet I’m in charge of. 14 in all. K7 Internationals with 29 passenger bodies in them. The one all torn apart is a new bus that we scrapped for parts.”
Location: 0291.01.02
Main Steet Mud, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A jeep with a “Taxi ” sign on the windshield has its driver’s side totally mired in the mud on Dawson Creek’s main street. A crowd on the sidewalk looks on.
Location: 0291.01.03
A Planer Mill, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A planer mill in operation showing a pile of lumber, the planer shed and men working. A farm can be seen in the distance.
Location: 0291.01.04
Dawson Creek in Wet Weather, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Aview of a street in Dawson Creek, floodeed after a rain.
Location: 0291.01.05
Whitehorse Inn, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The Whitehorse Inn on a corner of main street.
Location: 0291.01.06
Two Men Outfitted for Winter, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
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Location: 0291.01.07
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Series 291.02Equipment and Storage. — 1942-1943. — 11 photographs.The series consists of photographs of rows of storage buildings, and equipment, heavy duty trucks, fire trucks, and fuel trucks.
 
Equipment and Storage, 1942-1943
11 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The series consists of photographs of rows of storage buildings, and equipment, heavy duty trucks, fire trucks, and fuel trucks.
Location: 0291.02.01-.11
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Series 291.03Winter Road Construction- General. — 1942-1943. — 13 photographs.The series consists of photographs of various scenes along the constructed route of the Alaska Highway. “Frederiksen’s Lookout” and “Suicide Hill” are two of the signs shown and Muncho Lake is shown in one photo.
 
Winter Road Construction, 1942-1943
13 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Photographs of the road as constructed in the winter of 1942-43.
Location: 0291.03.01-.13
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Series 291.04Winter Road Construction-Identified. — 1942-1943. — 20 photographs.The series consists of photographs of various winter scenes of the construction of the Alaska Highway.
 
Along Trout River, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.01
Dog Team at Mile 8 N., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.02
Along the Toad River 148 N., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A man believed to be Ray Menard stands beside the Toad River.
Location: 0291.04.03
Highway at 148 J., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A view of the highway over the hills at148 J.
Location: 0291.04.04
Summit Lake Army Camp, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.05
Mackey’s Camp 177, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.06
Along the Testa River, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.07
Along the Toad River N., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.08
Dynamite Convoy Leaving Dawson Creek, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.09
Muncho Lake in a Snowstorm, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.10
Native Man With Pack Dogs, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.11
147 N. Toad River, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.12
Convoy Resting in Sikanni Valley, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.13
Anderson’s Camp 107 N., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.14
Summit Lake Army Camp, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.15
Caswell’s 87.5 N., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.16
Anderson’s Camp 107 N., 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Location: 0291.04.17
Suicide Hill, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A man watches as a tanker truck proceeds towards Suicide Hill. Another truck can be seen approaching.
Location: 0291.04.18
Frederiksen’s Lookout, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A man stands beside a sign describing “Fredericksen’s Lookout.”
Location: 0291.04.19
Muncho Lake, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Muncho Lake seen on the left of the newly built Alaska Highway
Location: 0291.04.20
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Series 291.05Summer Road Construction – Identified. — 1942-1943. — 4 photographs.The series consists of photographs of summer road construction of the Alaska Highway.
 
Seismograph Camp, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Seismograph Camp: Note on the back of photo, “Photo was taken by moonlight 32′ F.”
Location: 0291.05.01
Indian Pack Train, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
As a pack train gets organized, two native horsemen are mounted and ready to head out.
Location: 0291.05.02
Dynamite Convoy, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A convoy of trucks carry dynamite caps.
Location: 0291.05.03
Convoy on the Alcan, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A convoy of heavy equipment including flat-bed trucks loaded with caterpillar tractors is held up while road reparis are made ahead.
Location: 0291.05.04
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Series 291.06Wrecks and Spills. — 1942-1943. — 9 photographs.The series consists of photographs of various scenes of some of the dangers encountered during the construction of the Alaska Highway.
 
Bus Hits the Ditch, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A Greyhound Bus goes off the road near Valleyview en route to Dawson Creek.
Location: 0291.06.01
Trucks Pile up on Corner, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two trucks are piled up off a corner as two others try to make the grade.
Location: 0291.06.02
F.W.D. in Distress, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A supply vehicle failed to make the corner and lies on its side in the ditch with the load spilled into the snow.
Location: 0291.06.03
Dumped Load, 1943
1 photoraph; b & w; 3 x 5
A completely overturned vehicle lies in the ditch with its dumped load of crates.
Location: 0291.06.04
Fuel Truck Slides off the Road, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A completely overturned fuel tanker lies in the ditch.
Location: 0291.06.05
Fuel Truck Accident, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A completely demolished truck and a load of barrels lie over the bank of the road.
Location: 0291.06.06
Stuck on Main Street, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two men stand looking at a truck mired in the mud on Dawson Creek’s main street.
Location: 0291.06.07
Examining a Wreck, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A group of men stand looking at a wrecked vehicle near Dawson Creek.
Location: 0291.06.08
Good Balancing Act, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Note on back of photograph “Jeff took this snap up on hill 208 N. of Fort St. John. One guys brakes gave way and he crowded the truck towards the hill side of the road to stop his speed. By the looks of this snap he succeeded fairly good (nice balance).”
Location: 0291.06.09
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Series 291.07Rivers and Bridges. — 1942-1943. — 10 photographs.The series consists of photographs of the Peace River and buildng of the suspension bridge at Taylor, B.C., the Sikanni Bridge and the Cutbank Bridge, and the operating Smoky River ferry
 
Taylor Bridge Under Construction, 1943
3 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The suspension bridge over the Peace River at Taylor, B.C. under construction.
Location: 0291.07.01-.03
Sikanni and Cutbank Bridges, 1943
5 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The suspension bridge over the Peace River at Taylor, B.C. under construction.
Location: 0291.07.04-.08
The Peace River, 1943
2 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two photographs showing the Peace River, one during calm water and one during flood water.
Location: 0291.07.09-.10
Crossing the Smoky, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A Nothwest Service Command bus crossing the Smoky on the ferry.
Location: 0291.07.11
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Series 291.08The Dawson Creek Explosion. — 1943. — 18 photographs.On February 15, 1943, a dynamite explosion and resulting fire threatened to destroy Dawson Creek’s main business section along the rail line. The blasts threw stock piles of materials into the air, flying debris caused many injuries, and the fire destroyed equipment and buildings. The U.S. army took over control of fighting the fires and the Red Cross established an emergency hospital ward in its club house. By Sunday five people were known dead and army personel were engaged in keeping people away from blast-damaged buildings. The photographs show the extent of the destruction and some of the clean up. Photographs are identified on the back.
 
Dawson Creek Explosion-wreckage, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“This was the wreckage right alongside the explosion.”
Location: 0291.08.01
Livery Barn After the Blast, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Another close-up of the barn. They were using this for a repair shop and three trucks were trapped in here.”
Location: 0291.08.02
View From Main Street, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Just a view towards our buildings from the main street.”
Location: 0291.08.03
Bunkhouse Damage, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“The Bunkhouse after the explosion, Feb 15, 1943.”
Location: 0291.08.04
Dawson Creek Co-operative Union, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“This building was saved by the aid of the U.S. Army but was nevertheless a mess.”
Location: 0291.08.05
Wreckage Still Smoking, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Only upright supports remain of a storage facility still smoking. A British Columbia Highway Patrol car is seen in front.
Location: 0291.08.06
View From the Railway, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“This is a view from the railway right of way. There was tons of debris thrown here – picks, shovels, cant hooks, hardware and such.”
Location: 0291.08.07
View From the Street, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Another view from the street looking towards the centre of the blast.”
Location: 0291.08.08
Night Scene, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Night picture of the fire resulting from the blast – taken by somebody else.”
Location: 0291.08.09
Hole in Barn Roof, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two men looking through the hole in the barn roof. “Yours truly and another one of the boys taken several days after the blast.”
Location: 0291.08.10
Another View of the Blast Site, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Another view. This was where the hotel, restaurant , pool hall and telegraph office was at.”
Location: 0291.08.11
Plasterboard Piles Smoking, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Another view from the right of way. The stack in the centre is plaster board from the lumber yard.”
Location: 0291.08.12
Rolls of Wire Thrown Into Street, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“…you can see here the rolls and rolls of wire thrown into the road. It was just like a spider web hanging up in the air.” Dawson Creek Motors building can be seen in the distance.
Location: 0291.08.13
Searching the Wreckage, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“These are the searchers in the wreckage after. The majority of the casualties were on this corner.”
Location: 0291.08.14
View of Wrecked Vehicles, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“A view of the wreckage from the Wilson Freightways garage and General Motors supply shop.”
Location: 0291.08.15
Constant Patrol, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“The assisstant manager and his black friend. The boys were on constant patrol for 10 days after.”
Location: 0291.08.16
The Clean Up, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“They had started to clean up here.
Location: 0291.08.17
After the Clean Up, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“This is after the clean up.”
Location: 0291.08.18
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