Chandler, Charles Ernest

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Chandler, Charles Ernest

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[1867?]- February 8, 1946


Charles "Charlie" Ernest Chandler was one of the earliest of the Alta Lake settlers. Originally from Wisconsin, Charlie arrived in British Columbia to help solve his problem with the bottle, "to get the hell away out in the woods, some place where it wouldn’t be too handy”, in his words. On his arrival in 1908, Charlie pre-empted 160 acres on the north end of Alta Lake and spent three or four years improving the land in order to gain title from the Crown. In 1913, he sold ten acres to Alex and Myrtle Philip. He then moved further North and settled on land that is now the lower part of Alpine Meadows. There, he built a homestead and remained for the rest of his life. He operated a trapline on Wedge Creek running as far as Wedge Pass and a mile down the Billy Goat Creek on the Lillooet divide. Charlie trapped this line during the winter and did odd jobs during the summer. When he had a ‘stake’ he would head for town and blow it all, then come home and carry on with his basic lifestyle. Part of his income came from taking others along on his hunting trips. Charlie died peacefully sitting in his chair outside his home on February 8, 1946. When he was found, he was completely frozen. Unable to straighten him out, a number of Alta Lake residents carried Charlie, in his chair, down to a speeder on the railway tracks. He was transported by speeder to Rainbow Station, where he remained seated in his chair until the train arrived the next day. Dick Fairhurst recalled that Charlie’s friends threw a wake for him right there in Rainbow Station. The following morning, he was given a great send-off on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, presumably still seated in his favourite chair.



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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives.


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Catalogued December 2021.




1) BC Archives Death Index
2) Archival material
3) Petersen, Florence. "First Tracks" Self-published.

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