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Locally made mukluks and a dog whip given to RCMP Const. Ken Preece during his years in Old Crow. His daughter recently returned photos and crafts that were her father’s to the community. (Allane Brine) People in Old Crow, Yukon, received an unexpected surprise at the end of June, when a woman from B.C. arrived with beadwork and photos from the community 70 years ago.

Allane Brine’s father Ken Preece was an RCMP constable in Old Crow from 1947 to 1953. During his time there he was given beadwork and other crafts. Preece also took many photos, his daughter said. A beaded baby belt given to Preece before his wedding in 1953. (Allane Brine) Preece was only 18 when he joined the RCMP, and Old Crow was one of his earliest postings.

"He was up at a lot of other places up in the Arctic, but that was the only place he took so many pictures — pictures of the people who meant something to him and of the area," said Brine.

"He really did talk about Old Crow." Const. Preece, right, and a colleague, both wearing beaded moccasins, sit on the front steps of the Old Crow detachment. His daughter, Allane Brine, recently brought her father’s old photos and crafts from Old Crow back to the community. (Submitted by Allane Brine) The crafts included mukluks, a belt, mitts, a dog whip and two baby belts.

Brine said the baby belts, still in pristine condition, were a wedding gift from people in Old Crow for her father and her mother Lorraine, who he met in Whitehorse.

He retired in 1970 after a successful career with the RCMP, Brine said, and moved the family to Prince George, B.C., where she still lives. ‘No caption needed.’ Const. Preece in his quarters in Old Crow gazing at […]

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