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Colorful Characters of Sandon

John Morgan (Johnny) Harris
1864 - 1953

One of the wealthiest and most powerful men to ever live in Sandon, J.M. Harris was the subject of countless stories and endless speculation. A native of Loudon County, Virginia, Harris was secretive about his past history ...

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R.H. Trueman
1856-1911

Probably more than any other photographer of his generation, Richard Henry Trueman worked tirelessly to record the vast expanses of southern British Columbia. With his heavy glassplate camera in tow, Trueman climbed ...

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'Colonel' Robert Thornton Lowery
1859 - 1921

 A diminutive man, R.T. Lowery stood only about five feet tall, but other than his height, there was nothing 'small' about the man. What Lowery lacked in height, he more than compensated for with his attitude. Brash, opinionated and ...

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"Knights of the Green Cloth"
Gamblers, card sharks and Sandon's saloons

In 1892 there was only one hotel in Sandon - the original Sandon Hotel, a rough two-storey log structure. By 1898, with hundreds of transient miners arriving every week, the number had shot up to at least 29, with numerous ...

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Requiem for a gambler . . .
The day Morris Butterman cashed in his chips

In '97 there were flush times in the Slocan. The overflow of the Rossland boom swished through the silver camps and coated them with gold. The wash struck Sandon the hardest, and for months ...

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The "soiled doves" of "Lower Sandon"
Madames, brothels and the infamous Red Light District

Many of Sandon's original settlers came 'over the line' from the United States, and in many ways the city had more in common with the frontier cities of the American 'wild west' than the more sedate neighbouring communities. ...

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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 ...

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