Edward Ruzicka

2003_15_87 Edward Ruzicka Peace-1900“My Grandfather, Edward Ruzicka, was with a party of prospectors in the early 1900’s.  They did work with the RCMP for one summer, constructing a part of the RCMP trail.  I understood it was the trail east of Ft. Graham.  They worked on trail going from Ft. Graham to the west, up the Omineca River and at that time visited a site (Mica Peaks) that would become a mica mine in the 1920’s.  They had traveled up the Finlay River until they reached Deserter’s Canyon.  While they were living in the Finlay Forks area, my Grandfather told me how they met a family of Indians from the Ft. Graham area.  They helped the family (the family was on the verge of starvation, they were either ill or the main provider was injured) and an older man in the family showed my Grandfather a number of native medicines.  One of them was pitch.”

-Recollections of Richard David Forshaw (April 2010), Photo of Edward Ruzicka [2003.15.87]

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