Born in Williams Lake, BC, Susan Davis spent her first 15 years in sawmill camps in the Interior of BC, 40 miles east of 100 Mile House; her father owned a sawmill.

A BC cartographer in charge of identifying lakes in that vicinity named six lakes in the immediate area for Susan and her five younger sisters; her two brothers are Roger and William, namesakes of Roger Lake and Williams Lake. Their first camp was on Crown land on Roger Lake, then they moved to Susan Lake.

Once there were enough children in the camp at Susan Lake, the school district opened a one-room school in the community of Eagle Creek, which had one store, one gas pump, and one church.

Susan’s first jobs were in the sawmill— sweeping sawdust, piling lumber, and helping in the office. After she learned to drive, in the summer and on days off school, she hauled saws to Prince George to have them sharpened and to pick up parts and equipment.

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