Mrs. Davis is 67 years old and was born in Arras. Her father was John Desjarlais. Her mother was born at Sturgeon Lake.
Mr. & Mrs. Davis remember Chief Wabi, but not well. They only remember he died a long time ago. He lived by himself. He wasn’t Treaty and his name was Wabi Calahasen. They also remember other old timers like Sam & Baptiste Lalonde, “Old Bond”, at Bond siding and George Miskaneo. They said that “Old Napoleon” — Fred and Felix Napoleon’s dad — lived in Arras.
They knew Mr. Twidwell and where he trapped. They bought food at Fort St. John and carried it by pack horse or pack dogs. They made rafts to cross the rivers and sometimes had to share their food with others when they got back if there was a shortage.
Dinner Creek was named a stopping place as people left East Pine in the morning and could only make it that far by dinnertime with the wagons.
Mr. Davis played drums for the Indians dances in the Centennial year .
The road from East Pine via Dinner Creek on to Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John was the first pack trail. Grave-Yard Creek – there’s a grave farther down from the present road crossing – it originally was marked by a big cross, but markings are all gone now.
Mr. & Mrs. Davis had 18 children of which 4 boys and 3 girls died. At this time there were no doctors or hospitals. She had some of her children while alone in a lean-to or teepee with no one to help her.
Mr. & Mrs. Davis both enjoyed trapping and hunting and when I called she was beading hides she had tanned to make mukluks. Over the years I have known her she has always been very proud of her work and ability to hunt and trap, but says this year there are lots of wolves and no deer.