The tug-of-war team from Elder Logging. (File photo)

LETTER: Uncle Dave had the largest hands

As a former Sooke resident (1954-55 and 1962-1967), I greatly enjoy Elida Peers’ historical articles.

I’d like to comment (belatedly) on the ID of two people in a photo that appeared a few years ago with one of Elida’s articles: All Sooke Day meant tug-of-war (News, Feb. 13, 2013).

In this photo of the Elders Logging tug-of-war team, The man identified as Bob Dods is actually my uncle Dave Carson. I have a photo of him after the 1939 competition holding two trophies he and the team won, taken by his sister Madge.

She also took a closeup photo of the trophies themselves and on one of them I believe I can just make out the year 1939.

Not only Dave’s face is recognizable to me in the photo, but also his hands. Uncle Dave had the largest hands I have ever seen. There’s a family story about Dave being fingerprinted in 1955 as part of a U.S. work visa application – his fingerprints wouldn’t fit on the form.

Art Carson


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