Born in Huddersfield, England on March 13, 1920, Cariboo pioneer Hilary H. Place died at home in Vancouver on March 3, 2004 having spent the first 40 years of his life as a rancher, cowboy, truck driver, fur buyer and operator of the Dog Creek Stage and Ranchers' Retail store. He married Rita M. Hamilton, a former Williams Lake Stampede Queen, in 1942 and they moved to Williams Lake in 1960 where he operated a music store. In 1970 he came to Vancouver and worked in real estate. An avid hockey fan, he could remember the names of all the players from the Alkali Lake championship team of the 1930s, and watched every Canucks game. He played fiddle, piano and saxophone with the 'Saddle-ites', a family band, from the 1930s until his death. His memoir was Dog Creek: A Place in the Cariboo (Heritage House, 1999). A follow-up manuscript was under consideration for publication, but never appeared.

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[BCBW 2005] "Ranching"