Hougen Group

1987a

HOUGEN FORMS GROUP TO OPERATE RAILWAY, 1987.

1987c

Left to Right: Roy Minter, Ray Pederson, Pres. Princess Tours, Joe Becker, Atlas Tours, John Bruk, trilon Bank Corp., Bill Feero, Mayor of Skagway, Rolf Hougen, Kirk Lanterman, Pres. Holland American/Westours, Bill Sheffield, former Governor of Alaska - M

Hougen Forms Group to Operate Railway

HOUGEN FORMS GROUP TO OPERATE RAILWAY

"We must dig our heels in. The White Pass railroad must run again." With this preamble, Whitehorse businessman Rolf Hougen announced Friday in a speech to the joint Alaska-Yukon Chambers of Commerce, that he had put together a high-powered board of directors who would commit themselves to getting the White Pass and Yukon Railway back on the rails as a tourist operation - if certain conditions were met.

From the Whitehorse Star:
Mr. Hougen and the Train

Even if you're never done more than stand in awe as that old steam locomotive No. 73 came puffing into Whitehorse, you will probably roundly applaud Rolf Hougen's determination to get the White Pass and Yukon Route back on the rails. Talking to the man, and watching the fire in his eye, you have to believe that if anyone can achieve that dream, he can. Heck, anyone who could assemble the Board of Directors he has, and in less than 48 hours, could probably fuel the train himself. Hougen certainly seems to have covered the bases. He can probably expect solid support from the governments of both Alaska and the Yukon, represented by Bill Sheffield and David Joe. The presence of the President of Westours would indicate that Hougen will not have Don Primi's problem in getting commitments from the tour operators to use the train once it's running again. And the rest of the high-placed Board merely underlines Hougen's solid international status as an entrepreneur.

Yukoners know, however, that Rolf Hougen does not deal in fantasy. He is a businessman, and even if the love of history is a major piston driving his engine on this project, if his figures tell him it can't work, he won't do it. But like him, we want to believe it can work, and eagerly look forward to the day old 73 comes roaring across Second Avenue once again. May it be soon.
1987b

Mme. Sauve, Governor General of Canada presented Rolf Hougen with the Insignia of an Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.) at a ceremony held in the Senate chambers, 1987.

Mme. Sauve, Governor General

Mme. Sauve, Governor General of Canada presented Rolf Hougen with the Insignia of an Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.) at a ceremony held in the Senate chambers. Presentations are usually made at Government House but it was under renovations. The Citation read "A Yukoner, this businessman is a founder and Director of Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. and President of several other companies based in the North. Through his business activities, he has had a significant impact not only on the economy of the Territory, but also on that of the country as a whole. He is active in politics and in community affairs, serving as Chairman of the Yukon Research and Development Institute and as Vice-Chairman and Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce."
1987d

Yukoner Award, 1987.

Yukoner Award

From the Whitehorse Star:
Rewarding Experience

Whitehorse businessman Rolf Hougen (left) received the Yukoner Award Friday from Dave Philpott, executive director of the Tourism Industry Association of Yukon. The award recognizes outstanding individual efforts towards tourism in the territory. Hougen heads up a high-powered syndicate that hopes to buy the moribund White Pass and Yukon Railway and transform it into a tourist train.
1987e

Ambassador of France Philippe Husson, 1987.

Ambassador Phillipe Husson of France

Ambassador Phillipe Husson of France visits the Yukon on July 29, 1987 and is flown by helicopter to the French owned Mount Skukum Mine near Annie Lake. He visited the mine & plant and witnessed the pouring of a 30 kilo gold brick valued at $300,000.00. He was accompanied by Rolf Hougen, Honorary Consul of France
1987g

Heather Chambers, daughter of Frank and Mary Chambers married Kelly Hougen, son of Rolf and Margaret Hougen, 1987.

1987h

Rick Nielsen, son of Erik and P.J. and Maureen Hougen, daughter of Rolf and Margaret, 1987.

Hougen Weddings

Two well known Yukon families were united in marriage on April 25. Heather Chambers, daughter of Frank and Mary Chambers married Kelly Hougen, son of Rolf and Margaret Hougen. Following the reception the bride and groom left for Florida and a honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise.

On June 20th, Rick Nielsen, son of Erik and P.J. and Maureen Hougen, daughter of Rolf and Margaret were married. Following the reception Rick flew his Cessna 180 with his bride to Quiet Lake. Three days later they left on their honeymoon in Portugal.
1987i

Margaret admiring a child in a baby carriage - Beijing, 1987.

Travels to Shanghai

In May of 1987 Marg and Rolf traveledfirst to Shanghai and walked the streets for a week. They stayed in the old "Peace" Hotel on the bund where they stayed in 1972. Later they flew to Canton & Hong Kong. Then to Chunking (Chinquong) and down the Yangtze River, through the three gorges to Yichang and flew from Wuhan to Beijing. The dreary, dark China of 1966, 1972 has changed to bright lights, gungho spirit and great enthusiasm.
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Left to Right: Commissioner Ken McKinnon, Father Mouchet, Sue and Alex Van Bibber, Johnnie Johns, Elijah Smith, 1987.

Commissioners Awards

Commissioners Awards are presented for volunteer services in a community, public service and bravery. The nominations come from the public and are reviewed by the Commissioners Awards Committee. Presentations are usually made on New Years Day at the Commissioners Levee.