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Eugene Petersen
"The Mayor of Sandon"
1916-1988

 Eugene Herman "Pelle" Petersen was born in Fauske, Norway. His family came to Sandon in 1922 and Gene lived here the rest of his life. After leaving school, Gene was employed in Sandon at a variety of odd jobs, including ...

Eugene Herman "Pelle" Petersen was born in Fauske, Norway. His family came to Sandon in 1922 and Gene lived here the rest of his life. After leaving school, Gene was employed in Sandon at a variety of odd jobs, including errand boy, store clerk, miner, prospector, mine owner, trapper, logger and always a practical joker. As well, Gene was operator of the Silversmith Powerhouse for over 25 years.

An avid outdoorsman, Gene knew the secrets of the forest, with its grouse, owl, deer and bear. And although he was an accomplished hunter, Gene respected and treasured the natural beauty of his surrounding.

For many years, Gene was the last remaining full-time resident of the community, and was known locally as "the mayor of Sandon". For most of that time, it was largely due to Gene's efforts that the few remaining original buildings were protected and shovelled in winter. Gene helped in the creation of the Sandon Historical Society Museum, and he was the first president of the Sandon Historical Society.

Among his many other skills, Gene was a writer and amateur poet. He wrote about his lifetime in Sandon in his memoirs, Window in the Rock, but unfortunately he died before it was published. Copies of his book are available at the retail counter in the Sandon Historical Society Museum.

 

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Then Remember Me

When the birds are singing on the hill and
the air is fresh and sweet after a springtime
shower...

When the snowflakes are falling so light and white,
some enchanting Christmas Eve...

When the moon is full and frost crystals
sparkle like diamonds on the snow...
Then remember me.

Eugene Pelle - June 21, 1988

 
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