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Mamie's last project details ferry history

Members of the Terrace Regional Historical Society show off Mamie Kerby’s last project, a detailed history board about Ferry Island. Above are society president Leah Harris, society secretary Norma Kerby, Elaine Temple, Sally Smaha, Helen Haselmeyer and Lenard Lindstrom. - MARGARET SPEIRS
Members of the Terrace Regional Historical Society show off Mamie Kerby’s last project, a detailed history board about Ferry Island. Above are society president Leah Harris, society secretary Norma Kerby, Elaine Temple, Sally Smaha, Helen Haselmeyer and Lenard Lindstrom.
— image credit: MARGARET SPEIRS

Before she died earlier this year, Mamie Kerby had her hand in several projects completed, underway and things not done.

The last project she was working on is now finished and on display for visitors and residents at Ferry Island.

The Ferries of Ferry Island details the history of the island and the ferries that ran in the Skeena, complete with several photos from local people and copies from the BC Archives. She spent two years researching the information and collecting the photos, said her daughter local biologist and Terrace Regional Historical Society secretary Norma Kerby.

Photos include ferry photos from as far back as 1915, the Skeena bridge, the flood of 1936 that drowned Ferry Island in nine feet, (2.5 m) of water and various pioneers of Terrace.

It should be great for tourism and last a long time, posted on a heavy piece of aluminum and protected with a cover that resists damage, she added.

The history of Ferry Island has largely been lost with people often thinking now that it's spelled "Fairy Island" instead.

People don't realize how many ingenious things were invented and used back in the ferry days, said Kerby, adding that the reaction ferries which used the current to pull the ferries across the river on a rope were a smart idea.

An official celebration for the plaque is being planned for September and will include strawberries and whipped cream.

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