||December 3, 2010
Books make good Christmas
With the holiday season and winter
approaching some new history books, including a new book by me, may be of
Murray Leatherdale’s classic 1975 book
Nipissing From Brule to Booth on Lake Nipissing and area
before settlement is the best local book on the era when the population was
aboriginal and the French began to arrive. Murray did some
remarkable research including the perusal of the 73 book series of Jesuit
material which was published in a limited edition. The Leatherdale book
has some excellent illustrations and maps by Bert Saunders. Leatherdale, a
chiropractor, was an outstanding community leader and family man all of which is
profiled in the introduction in the new book. His wife Holly and children Trudy,
Libby, Myles and Lauren who live here oversaw the reproduction.
Outstanding North Bay Artist Tom Grainger who is married to Libby was
editor of the new book and has added some of his works including the cover to
enhance the book. Murray died at age 57 and will be
memoralized with the new edition.
||Murray Leatherdale’s new
edition of Nipissing From Brule to Booth
There will be a book launch of the
Leatherdale book on December 10 at Discovery North Bay (The North Bay Museum) on
Ferguson St. North Bay at 7:30pm. There will be some memorabilia on hand. I am
pleased that I will be sharing the evening with them launching my new book
Voices from the Past which has 40 of my favourite Heritage Perspectives columns
from the 370 I have written for Community Voices.
Voices from the Past
Forty columns and close to 100 photos
and maps on personalities, communities, trains, planes, logging, war stories and
northern life in general are included in my new book. The columns have been
updated where necessary to make them current. The book was designed and
published by my son Paul. (see cover).
Some of the proceeds of this evening
will go to the Museum. Both books will be available at Gullivers’ Books & Toys
and elsewhere. Check my website
www.pastforward.ca for locations of my books including on line orders.
||Voice from the Past. Heritage
Perspectives Columns by Doug Mackey
Gateway to Silverland
Professor Francoise Noel from Nipissing
has republished the North Bay section of the earliest book on North Bay on the
book’s 100th anniversary. A fascinating look at the early days which
creates a nice link with the Leatherdale book.
Noel also published a book of North Bay
photographs called Through A Viewfinder with historical text in July covering
many aspects of North Bay Life. She also recently published a scholarly study
Family & Community Life in Northeastern Ontario.; The Interwar Years. The book
received the Ontario Historical Society’s Award for the Best Regional History in
Ontario for the last three years. (see my July 2 & July 19, 2010 articles on my
website – Google Heritage Perspectives index )
J.R. Booth & John Leach
Murray Leatherdale’s book tells
about Booth’s arrival on the Wasi River in Chisholm Township where he set up a
Depot and logged for years before heading to Lake Nipissing where he took out
millions of logs at Wasi Falls and on his railway to Lake Nosbonsing and on to
his mills in Ottawa.
The Booth Depot was on the property of
the remarkable Chisholm Township author John Leach. I made an excursion with
John and teenage student Doug Cox to the Booth site in November 2000. (see
article online). John went back many times to what is quite a remarkable
archaeological site. Doug Cox by the way is now the Chair of the Board of
Powassan’s Clark House Museum.
||Photo of guests at John Leach memorial
on J.R. Booth site in Chisholm Township. Michael Leach photos.
Speaking of authors John Leach has
written 4 books along with having a remarkable life. I have visited him many
times in his off the grid home and enjoyed his writing. He recently set up a
Conservation section in the East Ferris Library. Eva MacWilliams wrote an
excellent profile of John in Community Voices after the opening of the section
John died on Sunday November 14, 2010 at
age 88 with his 5 children at his side. A memorial was held on the 16th
and it included a walk to the Booth site mentioned above. (see photo). John’s
books are available in the Powassan Library and other libraries. His home will
remain in the family as a gathering place in the future. John donated his body
World War II Book Well Received
When North Bay’s Sandy O’Grady got a
translation of the Dutch WWII book Five Days in November she read it several
times. Her father Major Keith Sterling from the Algonquin Regiment was in the
battle and became a P.O.W. He is quoted several times. The book, told touchingly
from the point of view of children, was launched here recently and is available
at Gulliver’s Books and Toys. A remarkable look that should be read and shared.
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