Owned, operated and built by Margaret MacDonald and Bill and Jeanne VanManen, the Question Mark
Store and Lunch Counter opened on the May long weekend of 1948. It was located at Six Mile, fronting the upper side of the main highway, on the west shore of Duhamel Creek. The original plan was for a cabaret (along with another business partner John Arichuck) but the area residents put up a petition against it so those plans changed.
The Question Mark was built from scratch. The land was cleared, logs were cut at nine-mile and boomed down the lake. The logs were then hauled up from the lake by horse and milled on Joe Ramsden’s sawmill (located close by).
Bill was killed in a car accident at 9-mile in 1952. Margaret and Jeanne continued with the Question Mark. After a short time Jeanne decided to return to Edmonton but remained a partner in the business. Margaret got married to Bill Heddle in 1955 and continued to run the business.
In Oct 1959 the store was sold to Helen and Leo Lambert. By the mid 1960’s the store was owed by Mr. and Mrs. Russ Davis who closed down the lunch counter and built on living quarters at the back.
I cannot recall when the Question Mark closed for good. Although the building still stands today, it is now a residential property.
Patsy Ormond May 2014