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RESTORING STRATHCONA LODGE 1959 & 1960

Myrna and Jim Boulding

Myrna and Jim Boulding

Jim recruited the biggest and strongest young men that he could find: Cam Christensen, John Godfrey and Godfrey Norrgard. They were digging under the old log Lodge with a jackhammer in order to put the building on a foundation and jack it up high enough to allow for a full lower floor. Fred Burman, a log builder from Rock Bay, carefully fitted peeled logs together all around the perimeter of the lower floor. We went to the bank and bor- rowed $3,000 to al- low us to build two very large upstairs and downstairs fireplaces with heatilators. We hired three young Italian stone masons. They insisted on living on the job with someone, me of course, cooking for them. We all set up housekeeping. We had no water or plumbing and it was winter. The Italians lasted one night. Read more