Yukon Nuggets

  • Bob and Greta Gray, Aug. 9, 1986.

  • Dining in the historic home of Earl Bradford’s Weston Park near Cannock, England., 1986.

  • Left to Right: Rolf Hougen, Charlie Taylor, Martha Cameron, Marg Hougen, Betty Taylor, Flo Whyard, 1986.

1986 Hougen's history

Gray – Hougen

On Aug. 9th, 1986 at 4:30 p.m., Greta Hougen, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Rolf Hougen of Whitehorse, was married to Robert Gray, son of Mr. & Mrs. Wilfrid Gray of Montreal at the Sacred Heart Church with Father Andy officiating the ceremony.  The bride wore a long white satin gown and carried a pink & white rose bouquet.  Her 3 attendants, maid of honour Melanie Helm & sisters Karen & Maureen wore long mint-coloured dresses carrying pink & white carnation bouquets.  Three year old Lindsay Brown, niece of the groom was flower girl.  The groom wore a formal black tuxedo as did his 3 attendants, best man Joe Iles, brother Rick, & Craig Baker.  Reception followed at Mt. McIntyre Rec. Centre attended by 150 guests.  Out-of-town guests included: Parents Wilfrid & Betty Gray of Montreal, Karen & Tim Brown of Boston, Lynn Nowry of Kirkland Lake, Rick Gray of Toronto, Don & Yvonne Gray of Ontario, Bob & Jane Wade of Point Claire, Quebec, Dr. Aubrey Tanner of Vancouver, Bob & Joyce Choate of Edmonton, Swanie Christopherson of Vancouver, Bert Wybreww of Vancouver, Rowley & Judy Hastings of Vancouver & Sue & Craig Baker from Toronto.  Mr. & Mrs. Gray honeymooned in Portugal.  The couple will reside in Whitehorse.

In 1983 Finning of Vancouver acquired the Caterpillar dealership for Western England, Wales and Scotland.
From time to time the board of directors held meetings and toured the various branches.  Since 1980 Rolf Hougen was on the board of Finning.

Every year the Commissioner holds a "Commissioners Ball" in the Palace Grand in Dawson City. The dress code is "turn of the century". Commissioners guests include local citizens, ambassadors, government officials, etc. A dinner is served, can-can dancers entertain and at midnight a stroll down the streets of Dawson City in the daylight.