Sonny was born in 1914 and Linnea in 1911. They were the children of Olof and Martha Hanson. Sonny married Jean Ritchie, graduated from McGill Law in 1937, became VP of Hanson Lumber and Timber Co., and died in 1950. Linnea married Donald Sutherland and had a son, Donald Jr.
Established as an experimental substation in 1938 and an experimental farm in 1955. Located on the old Sproule Farm between Smithers and Telkwa. The directors were W.H. Hicks and K. McBean, and the farm provided information on the major agricultural problems of the area.