We were advised by Col. Grant that they were going to bring in radio teletype to the main stations and we were expected to go up and learn to become wireless operators in advance of the conversions.
Ray Gaudry was posted to Norman Wells, Steve Buckle to Fort Reliance, Biff Ruth to Ft. Providence and I went to Ft. Simpson. Biff and I departed Edmonton on the same flight in a vintage DC3. This was a "milk run" and made stops at every station to Norman Wells.
At every stop everyone got off to stretch their legs while the crew unloaded supplies and some passengers, and picked up even more. The first stop was Ft. McMurray, then Ft. Smith. Since Ft. Smith was the liqouor store for the Territories we loaded up quite a bit of freight. Next stop was Hay River, then Ft. Providence where I said good-by to Biff. The next stop was Ft. Simpson where I disembarked.
There was no one at the airport to greet me except for the CPA agent, who offered to take me to the station. So I rode in the back of his pickup, in the dead of winter, to the compound. The agent pointed to a building and said that is where I should go. I walked into the building and there were a bunch of men standing around in the kitchen talking. They looked at me in surprise as I walked in, but they greeted me friendly like and offered me a coffee. The wanted to know where I was from and I said I was from Edmonton. They next wanted to know why I was in this neck of the woods and I replied that I was posted here. There was a stunned silence as they weren't expecting me. Headquarters had forgotten to advise them of my posting.--- Gerald Otterson