FIRETOWER MEN & WOMEN

The people who had the highest position in the Department                        

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Much of the information gathered and presented here was made possible by the efforts of Maurice Bourassa.
 
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The names below are in alphabetical order by FIRST NAME
Albert Sager     During the late 1960s (from about 1966 (?) 'til his death in 1976 Albert Sager was towerman at Big Sandy Tower.
                                                         Click Here for more info about Albert

Alexi Iron

 

 

Canoe Lake

Allan Carswell

1987 -

 

North Cabin

Allan Klamot

1995- 2002

 

Beaver House, English Cabin, Elk House

Allan Merasty

 

 

Rabbit Hill, Bodmin

Alvin Tatlow

             -1992

 

Big Sandy before Richard Sevigny

Ansgar Aschim    1938 - 1944    Wooden Ridge Tower, Narrow Hills, Grassy Lake

                                       CLICK HERE for more on Ansgar Aschim

April Swartz

 

 

Park Ridge, Divide

Archie Morin

1999-2002

 

Green Lake

went to aerial detection

Armand Campbel

 

 

?

Arnold Fonos

1963-1965

 

 

Barbara Brunet

1998-2002

 

Mistohay

went to aerial detection

Barry McLelland

 

 

Dore Lake

Basil Natamogen

1953-2001

4 towers

Pinehouse, Emmaline, Petitte Granite (40')

did relief 1953-63 mostly without pay for experience, 1968 full time Granite & Petitte; worked at Emmaline until out of service 1995-Tippo Fire. Went back to Granite until 2001.

Beaver Iron

 

 

Canoe lake

Bernice Reimer

1980-1998

 

Bodmin

Burns Matheson

 

 

 I have a bit of info on him that was provided by Burns himself for the Torch River History book. He wrote, in part:   In 1931 I accepted a position with the Department of Natural Resources (provincial government) as a fire patrolman and was sent north to Torch River to take up my new job.

  He went on to say:  As my job was only temporary, I filed on a homestead in September, 1931 so I would have some place to live during the winter months........  I was on fire patrol during summer months and worked on the roads in the wet seasons.

  One of the highlights of my life was meeting Edith Anderson, a Torch river girl whom I married in 1933. We lived on the homestead until 1936 when I became Field Officer at Beaver House (west of Nipawin) In 1940 I returned to Torch River as Field Officer in charge of  (the) Torch River Provincial Forest. I built the Torch River Department of Natural Resources forestry station which was known as Grassy Lake in the early days. Gary Parker (Field Officer at Grassy Lake-1931-'40) retired in March of 1940 and I replaced him in these duties. (end quote) Words in brackets are mine, not Matheson's.

  I know that the early Field Officers also manned the towers in their districts so he probably was on the towers at Beaver House and Grassy Lake during his years there. He transferred to Hudson Bay (Junction) in 1945 but I think that by that time there were regular tower men so I would think that he no longer did that as a part of his regular job. I believe that Walter Kratz became towerman at Grassy while Burns was there but nowhere in the piece that he wrote for the history book does Matheson mention manning a tower.

- Marvin Torwalt        see Marvin's article on Burns Matheson        click here

Bill (Zac) Macleod

1993-2002

 

Thunder Mountain

took over Thunder Mountain after Sam Roberts

Bill Boshchman

1937-1938

 

Connell Creek (east of Arborfield), Paskwa Hills

Bill Campbell

 

 

Big Sandy

Bobby Montgrand

1996-2002

 

Frobisher

went to aerial detection

Bradford Iron

 

 

Canoe ake

Bruce McTaggert

1940-1962

 

Bodnin  Otter tower ?

Carle Brisbain

          - 1934

 

a tower 3 miles west & 5.5 miles N of Love (NE 2-53-16-W2)

Chris Rule

 1968 -1970

 

Midnight (unofficially), Cold River

Chris Wilks

 

 

Dorintosh, Lac Des Iles

Clara Norum

1999-2002

 

Lobstick

went to aerial detection

Clement Durocher

1989-2002

 

Canoe Lake

went to aerial detection

Clifford Bunt

 

5 towers

Holbein, North Cabin, Ridge, Molanosa, thunder Mountain

David Badger

1998

 

Anglin

Debora Leedahl

 

 

Round Hill

Delfous Iron

 

 

Canoe Lake

Doreen Jensen Svare

1970-1971

 

Torch, Smeaton ?

Einer Wicker   For more about Einer -  click here Towerman at Pasquia Hills, English Cabin and at Thunder Mountain at various times during his career. In 1961 he returned to Norway, the land of his birth and passed away there in 1965.                                                  -Marvin Torwalt, www.rivertrailcountryvacations.com
       

Elan Reuwart

           -1987

 

Big Sandy

she experienced a fire storm at close range-too close (Elan fire)

Elwin Seally

 

 

Grassy, White Fox, Beaver House, English Cabin

Elwood Koppang

1980-1990

 

Nisbit & Holbein as relief

Erwin Rusk

 

 

 

Frank Schlagel

 

 

Rabbit Hill, Bodmin

Gene Johnson

 

3 towers

Dore, Rabbit Hill Bodmin

George Leberge

1945-1953

3 towers

North Cabin, Ridge, Molanosa

George Roberts

1970-1981

4 towers

Big Sandy, North Cabin, Boundary, Thunder Mountain,

took over Thunder Mountain from Philip Bird until 1981

Gerry Herrod

1990-2002

 

Mile 13

went to aerial detection

Harold Barillo

 

 

relief at Mile 13, Lobstick,Porcupine

Harvey Hillaby

1989- 2002

 

Tatakose ?

went to aerial detection

Henry Desjarlais

1990- 1993

 

North Cabin

Henry La Plante

1970-2002

 

Buffalo Hills

went to aerial detection

Henry Myers

1991-2001

 

Dore Lake

Hilda Switzer Lundgren

1957, 1970-1994

7 towers

Northend Montreal Lake, Birch, Big Sandy, Elk House, North Cabin, Midnight, Holbein

James Sewap

1998- 2002

 

Wildnest, Piskwaka

first observer at Piskwaka, went to aerial detection

Jerry Iron

 

 

Canoe Lake

Jim Settee

 

1943 - 1963

 7 towers

Kingsmere, Boundary, Rabbit Hill, Summit, Wappawekka Hills, Stewart, Round Hill

Joan Pelech

2000-2002

 

English Cabin, Beaver house relief, North Cabin, Elk House,

went to aerial detection

John Charles

1986-1993

 

English Cabin, White Fox

John Fonos

1998-2001

 

Rabbit Hill, Bodmin

took over after Bernice Reimer

John Langford

 

6 towers

Nisbet, Holbein, Elk House, Round Hill, Dorintosh, Lac Des Iles

John Rudd

13-14 yrs

6 towers

Holbein, Elk House, Beaver House, English Cabin, Grassy, White Fox,

went to aerial detection

John Rule

 

4 towers

Cold River, Divide,Mistohay, Midnight

Johnathan Fonos

2000- 2001

 

Rabbit Hill, Bodmin

took over tower after his dad

Jonny Brown

1972-1973

 

 

Kara Grunderud

 

 

Torch Tower

Kathleen Knipe

         -2002

7 towers

Fort La Corne, White Fox, Grassy, Elk House, Nisbet, English Cabin,  full time in Beaver House

went to aerial detection

Kelly Sawchuk

1990-1991

 

Elk House, Holbein, North Cabin

Kevin Durocher

1999 - 2002

 

Canoe Lake

went to aerial detection

Lee Adams

1989

 

North Cabin

North Cabin Fire burnt cabin and cupola destroyed tower

Les Laliberte

 

 

Anglin Tower

Lloyd Atyshin

 

 

Round Hill

Lloyd Mardell

 

 

North Cabin

Lorne Stark

 

 

 

Louis Swain

          1940's

 

Holbein

Lourie Booker

1987-2002

 

Vimy, Birch

Marion Lacert

 

 

?

Marvin McKay

 

 

Dore Lake

Maurice Bourassa

1997,1999-2002

 

First observer in Junction Tower, courtesy of Basil Natamoggan old Emmaline tower moved after Tippo Fire 1995. went to aerial observer                                 10 Towers                                                                                                                                     2007-9    Anglin - Thunder Mountain             Weyakwin      Region                                 2007       North Cabin  -  Canwood -  Anglin         P.A / Weyakwin      Region          2006      North Cabin -   Canwood  - Nisbet -  English Cabin    PA  Region                 2005       North Cabin  -  Canwood  - Nisbet -  Ridge                   PA  Region                  2004       North Cabin  -                                                                            PA  Region            2003       North Cabin  - Medical Leave back surgery               PA   Region                  2002       North Cabin  - Aerial Detection                                         PA    Region         1999-2001    Junction                                                             Weyakwin       Region  1997       Wapawekka Hills - Clarke                                    La Ronge        Region

Oserved and monitored fire weather behavior and severe fire behavior. i.e: 1999 La Ronge Mallard and 2002 P.A Crutwell Firestorms.                           Firefighter:                La Ronge Fire Control                                                                        1993           10 day sustained action / mop up Mouse fire Deception lake. 1987                         23 days on 12 fires through out Northern Sask.    LaRonge    Region

 

    -2002

 

North Cabin & Holbein as casual

went to aerial detection

Mervin Updyke

60's & 70's

 

White Fox

Milt Scott

 

 

 

Murdock Seewap

 

 

 

Ole Rudd

            1960's

 

 Torch

Orra Maden

1953-1984

 

North Cabin, Holbein, Fisher tower (MacDowel Block casual relief while working as patrolman)

Peter Wolf

 

 

Beaver House

Philip Bird

1949-1970

 

Thunder Mountain

Ralph Johnson

1960-1987

3 towers

Big Sandy, Grassy Lake, Narrow Hills

Richard Sevigny

1992-2002

4 towers

Big Sandy, Holbein, Nisbet, North Cabin, - (new design, the Millenium Towerman)

The last tower manned after mid August 2001, all towers condemmed,6 to be rebuilt.2002 still acxtive North Cabin early 2002 season. Went to aerial detection                                     

Robert Waugh

1947

 

Round Hill

Robert Weal

 

 

Chiteck Lake

went to erial detection

Ron Hook

  2 years

 

Vimy Tower

Ron Porter

1994-2002

 

Parr Hill

went to aerial detection

Rosemarie Mitchell

1997-2001

 

Ridge Tower

Ross Barton

 

 

Holbein, North Cabin

Sam Roberts

1970- 1989

4 towers

North Cabin, Holbein, Clarke, Thunder Mountain

Sam was relief for his dad in 1981, until taking over full time

Sandra Muench

1998-2002

 

Stuart Lake

went to aerial detection

Sandy Setee

 

 

 

Scotty Percell

1949- mid 60's

 

Rabbit Hill, rebuilt 1947

Sheldon Murray

1990-1999

 

Elk House

Sherry Reidt

1986-2001

6 towers

Elk House, Holbein, Ridge, North Cabin, Round Hill, Nisbet

went to aerial detection

Sheryl Fabish

1993-2001

 

releif 93-94 Torch, Stewart, 96-97 Big Sandy, 97-2001 Narrow Hills

went to aerial detection

Stan Brettle

1966-1978

 

Bodmin

Tammy Adams McGunigal

1994-1996

 

North Cabin

Thomas Hamilton

late 50's-early 60's

 

North Cabin

Thomas Ouellette

1996-2002

 

Nelson Hill

went to aerial detection

Tim Dale

2001-2002

 

Pasquia

went to aerial detection

Tom McBride

1949- mid 60's

 

Dore lake

Tracy Lockhart

1977-1994

 

Midnight, Birch

Travis French

2000-2001

 

Beaver House & English Cabin as casual, Elk House full time

Valerie Rogers

1982-2002

 

White Fox, Grassy

went to aerial detection

Vallery Morin

1998-2002

 

Divide

went to aerial detection

Vernon Bird

  8 years

 

Molanosa

Wayne Desjarlais

1992-2002

 

Dube

went to aerial detection

Wenzel Fialkowski

1973-2002

 

Ushta

went to aerial detection

Wesley Dimon

1968

 

Nelson Hill

Walter Kraatz     Walter was the tower man for the Saskatchewan Department Of Natural Resources (now called Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management or SERM) at the third Grassy Lake Fire Tower which, at that time, was located just three miles east of the present site of River Trail Country Vacations. He arrived in our area in the late 1930's and took up trapping in the northern forest. He became tower man at Grassy Lake Tower in the early 1940's and retained that position along with trapping in the winter until his retirement in 1965 at the age of 67.He sold his trapline in 1966 and spent his remaining years in Creston, British Columbia, getting married for the first time in his 70's.
About 1971 a new fire tower, also called Grassy Lake Tower, was erected about 5 miles north of that site and the old tower was decommissioned and eventually dismantled
                                                                                                       -Marvin Torwalt, www.rivertrailcountryvacations.com