On this week’s look at Cochrane History we step back in time to the December 21st, 1983 edition of the Northland Post where a fire four days before Christmas destroyed a mobile home on second street.
Police say the fire started about 1 pm and caused $15,000 in damage. The family’s Christmas gifts were also lost in the fire.
The home was occupied by a family that included six children.
Our second focus is about a boy who walked from his family’s trap line home 180 kilometres southwest of Moosonee to get help for his mom who had suffered a stroke.
Doug Rickard walked through the muskeg and along the Missinabi River to the Hydro’s Kipling Dam, where he hoped help was there but there was nobody home. He moved on to Smokey Falls where to met Hydro workers who offered him sandwiches and got him help he needed for his mom. Doctors said the boy did the right thing to help his mom.