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Olive Spencer Loggins

Olive Spencer Loggins 1900-1989 

In 1926, the B.C. government made an offer: 160 acres of land in exchange for hard work. For Olive Spencer Loggins, who was six months pregnant, and husband Arthur, heading for the Cariboo and leaving the Great Depression behind in Vancouver was a dream come true. They traded urban soup lines for the thin gruel of their first winter in the north. The greenhorns learned fast. Their Indian neighbours taught them to fish, their community danced them through the night, and they all valued work before money. She tells her remarkable story in Tenderfoot Trail: Greenhorns in the Cariboo.

Olive Spencer Loggins shared many adventures and much happiness with her husband, Arthur, during their forty years of marriage. After his death in 1965, she travelled in Ontario visiting their two sons and other relatives.

In 1970 she met and married Clinton Loggins, a Texan with a fine hand for gardening. They had six years together before his death. Olive spent her final years in Victoria, British Columbia, where she enjoyed an active life until she passed away in 1989.

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