HITZ, Charles William

Charles Johnstone, who settled in Princess Louisa Inlet with his wife and eight kids in 1910, lived off the land. “To hone their hunting skills,” says Charles William Hitz in Through the Rapids (Sitka 2 Publishing, 8.95), “Charles would sometimes have his sons go on ‘wild man’ hunts high in the mountains. They would go out for a week with nothing but some ammunition, salt, matches, a blanket and the clothes they wore.” The Johnstones moved away after WWI, but their son Steve stayed. “It was noticed that Steve was a little peculiar. He would go barefoot for most of the winter and on one instance he blew a hole in the floor of the shack while trying to kill a rat with a shotgun.” From the ice age to the present, self-publisher Hitz (888-346-4218) of Kirkland, Washington provides a geographic and human history of Princess Louisa Inlet, named after the mother of Queen Victoria and located at the head of Jervis Inlet. 0-9720255-0-2

[BCBW Summer 2004]