101. Ma Murray’s stool

101 - ma murray stool


Fort St. John North Peace Museum

After running papers in southern British Columbia, Margaret (“Ma”) and George Murray moved to Fort St. John to start the Alaska Highway News in 1944. Ma’s strongly worded editorials had “quite a bit of salt in them.” She seldom backed down after expressing her opinion! Ma had an ulcerated ankle that had plagued her all her life. She knelt on this stool to take the weight off her ankle. Her son, Dan, and printer, John Quelle, built it. The stool bore a racy sign “This vehicle not to be driven more than ten miles an hour.”