Category Archives: Biography

A Special Lady

A very dear lady to me lost her battle with cancer on May 30th, 2017.

I first met Vera after herself and another dear friend of mine, Christina, came to my home to tell me of a strange creature Vera had encountered just outside her home on the afternoon of September 21st,  2011.  She had come outside to see why her next door neighbors’ dogs were barking so much when she caught sight of something strange just behind the tree line which separates her home with the railway tracks.  The details of this encounter I have already published (Steenburg File# 10173).

After the two had stared at each other for about 30 seconds, which seemed much longer to Vera, the subject simply walked away from her down the rail line towards, what was locally known as, Crazy Creek.  She never saw it again.  She then contacted Christina and told her about what she saw, and it was Christina whom told her to talk to me; which we did the following evening.

At first Vera didn’t want any word of her account getting out and, in fact, when I went to investigate at the sight, she told the locals that I was there to look into a Mountain Lion she had seen.   At the time she was a foster mom and was afraid that if word got out that she had seen a possible Sasquatch that might be used against her.

But over the years as we got to know each other she relaxed a bit over the whole affair and took part when I asked in radio and television documentaries on the the subject and had even come along with me on few day expositions.  One such Radio show was titled ”Footsteps’ and aired in 2015.   Some of the TV programs were: ‘BC is Awesome’ which aired in 2016; ‘Finding Bigfoot’ when they filmed up on the Chehalis Reserve in 2015; and ‘Red Earth Uncovered’ which was filmed in the fall of 2016 and is due to air in 2018.  It is a program of First Nation perspective, and Vera being of First Nation birth herself, I felt was a natural choice for their Sasquatch episode.

Vera tells of her encounter at my home Sept 22, 2011
The spot where the Sasquatch was seen by Vera on Sept 21, 2011
Crew for TV program Red Earth Uncovered at the location of Vera’s encounter. Myself second from left, Vera is fourth from the left in the middle.

Vera lost her battle with Cancer on May 30, 2017 passing away at the Mission General Hospital with her family there with her.

I will miss her.

Thomas Steenburg

 

BC Hunting Show

I was  asked by the organizers of this year’s BC Hunting Show at the Trade Ex Complex in Abbotsford to give a public talk on the history and continued investigation into the on-going Sasquatch mystery in British Columbia.   I was asked to give one talk each day of the show which ran from March 2 through to the 5th, 2017.

Poster for the Sasquatch display booth during the show.

It was a good show all around with displays and outdoor gear that any Sasquatch researcher or any active outdoor sportsman would appreciate.  Especially if he or she is a resent lottery winner! Good lord, the prices of most of this stuff!!

I still had to do my night job so this was 4 days straight with little or no sleep but with the help of colleagues it went well, I think.   Many of the public engaged in asking questions and telling stories about themselves or friends and relatives in the past  who had reported encounters with the Sasquatch.  Even the grandson of Albert Ostman stopped by to talk.

Display booth just before doors were opened the first day.

Red Earth Uncovered

On Monday, September 19, 2016, I was paid a visit by the host and film crew of the new documentary program, Red Earth Uncovered.  They filmed and asked questions on the subject of the Sasquatch for 4 hours.  We went into great detail.

They also talked to Sasquatch witness and researcher, Brad Trent, who came up to my place from across the river . Tomorrow, they plan to go into the field with Bill Miller up the east side of Harrison Lake for some more filming.   They will end their visit after talking to three witnesses from my files.

Film Crew from, 'Red Earth Uncovered'. Visits Thomas Steenburg at his home and study. Sept 19, 20116
Film Crew from, ‘Red Earth Uncovered’. Visits Thomas Steenburg at his home and study. Sept 19, 2016.

They also plan to interview the tribal elders on the Chehalis Reserve, where the name Sasquatch was first used and  introduced to the non-native community in British Columbia on April 1st, 1929.  This program looks at the world through the eyes of Canada’s First Nations. So it is only natural that they should devote an episode to the Sasquatch question.

This program will air sometime in 2018, I believe.

Thomas Steenburg

Barry Blount

It is with surprise and sadness I learned of the passing of Barry Blount on July 4, 2016.  He passed while at Abbotsford General Hospital.  My thoughts are with him and his widow, Annette.

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Annette wrote the following announcement

 

 It is with great sadness that I have to announce that my husband, Barry Blount, passed away today Monday, July 4th, at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  There will be a very private cremation, followed by a small memorial service at the Cooks Presbyterian Church in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

If anyone is interested, in lieu of flowers, I am requesting a donation be made to the Vasculitis Foundation of Canada on his behalf.  Barry died from this disease, which is an auto immune disease also known as “Wegener’s disease.” Since it is not a well known, it was difficult for doctors to treat it properly.

Regards,

Annette Blount

John Green

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of my long time friend and mentor, John Willison Green. John passed approximately 2am Saturday , May 28, 2016.  At the request of his family, we delayed announcing anything until after his obituary was seen in the Vancouver press;  as seen below.

 

GREEN, John Willison
Journalist, researcher, and community leader, John Willison Green passed away May 28, 2016 in Chilliwack, at age 89. Predeceased by his beloved wife June, brother Lewis, and one grandson, he is survived by children Marian (John), Margaret (Ken), Jim, Kathryn (Ray), and Raymond (Louise), thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Raised in Vancouver, John loved building and racing sailboats. A graduate of UBC, he received his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 20. He met June while in the Navy, and they married in 1948, living in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, before moving to the Agassiz-Harrison area, where they raised their children and published the local newspaper for many years. His editorial writing was recognized with national awards. John volunteered for many community activities, including the Chamber of Commerce, Senior Citizens Housing, Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Search and Rescue, the Lions Club and the Historical Society. He served several years on the Harrison municipal council, including two as mayor. He was responsible for the construction of the Harrison lakefront beach, where he spearheaded the World Championship Sand Sculpture Competition for many years. He was also active in politics at the provincial level. His lobbying efforts preserved the Kilby General Store at Harrison Mills as a dedicated heritage site. John was well known as a serious investigator and best selling author on the topic of the Sasquatch. In 2000, John was recognized as B.C. Senior of the Year, and more recently he was honoured at several public gatherings for his community service, research work and writing. A private family celebration of his life will be held. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to prostatecentre.com/donate
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John and myself a few short years ago

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One of the last research trips into the woods with John
One of the last research trips into the woods with John

Not really much more I will say at this time.  John, I will miss you.

Thomas Steenburg