Hougen Group


"Business Person of the Year", 1986.

Yukon Chamber of Commerce

At an annual meeting of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce in Dawson City, Rolf Hougen, was presented with a plaque on behalf of the Chamber and the Government of the Yukon as "Business Person of the Year" it was at this meeting he announced a plan to try to save the White Pass Railroad that had been closed down since 1982.

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.

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.


Craig Hougen drives the bride and groom from the church in a Ford Model T., 1986.


Left to Right: Marg, Hougen, ?, Ted and Niki Harrison. Lilleas seated. Missing from Jeanne and Hank Maddison, 1986.

Lillias Farley

In May of 1986 Lillias Farley was honoured for her great contribution to art in the Yukon both as a school teacher and contributor of paintings and sculptures.

Ambassador Terry and Katie Bacon with Marg Hougen, 1986.

Terry Bacon

Terry Bacon spent many years growing up in the Calumet and Mayo area. His wife, Katie Lee, daughter of Gorden Lee, M.L.A., was born in Mayo and went to school in Mayo and Whitehorse. When Terry was at Law School he returned each summer to work on the river boats. Terry became ambassador Bacon and served with NATO in Brussels, in Zambia and Zaire, in Chekoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Marg and Rolf Hougen spent a week with them in Prague.

Wedding reception of former Deputy Prime Minister Erik Nielsen’s daughter, 1986.

Prime Brian Mulroney

From the London Free Press:

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney attended the wedding reception of former Deputy Prime Minister Erik Nielsen’s daughter, Roxanne and Scott Temple of Strathroy, ON.  Roxanne’s grandmother, Irene Hall of Lincolnshire, England was in attendance.  Also attending were many friends and relatives, George Hees, Alvin Hamilton, Leslie Nielsen, Harry Boyle, Aub and Peg Tanner, Rick and Maureen Nielsen, Marg and Rolf Hougen.  Both Roxanne and Scott are RCMP officers.  They will reside in Ottawa.


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