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Wild on the Superior Frontier

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Wild on the Superior Frontier: A Romance of Settlers' Lives. Lake Superior 1845-1900

by James R. Stevens

With the opening of the Michigan State Canal in 1855, thousands of westernized people migrated into the grand Lake Superior watershed. They came from the eastern states, Upper and Lower Canada, and Europe, all of them seeking new lives and opportunities in mid-continent. They brought their love stories, their religious faiths, their personal skills and industriousness, their fables, and their hopes for rewarding lives. Their endeavours were many whether they were prospectors, lumbermen, coastal sailors, madams involved in the sex trade, women looking for equality, or newspaper editors promoting their towns. This is a book for those who desire a large picture of the past in Superior Country. It contains stories with humour, deceit, awry cases of justice, rough voyages on the Big Lake, amazing finds of mineral wealth, and loving and strained relationships between men and women on the nineteenth-century frontier.

(240 pages)

Aviation in Thunder Bay

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by Jim Lyzun
For down-to-earth, consitent contributions to Canada's aviation heritage, few cities can match Thunder Bay. Yet very little of that history is known. This book will change all that by showing how much we owe to the city's aviation pioneers, pilots, mechanics, engineers, politicians and businessmen who contributed so significantly to the development of aviation in Canada.

Throughout his life Jim Lyzun had a passion for airplanes. He worked as an aeronautical engineer for DeHaviland Aircraft in Toronto before becoming a teacher in Thunder Bay.  Though aviation was only a hobby thereafter, Jim devoted years researching and writing  about Thunder Bay's place in aviation history. He completed this manuscript in the late 1990s but died before it could be published. Updated and organized by Dr. David Kemp of Lakehead University, the book is now available for the first time.

10.75" x 8.5", 88 p. and 201 b&w and colour images
ISBN 0-920-119-52-2

Timber Wolves – eBook

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Greed and Corruption in Northwestern Ontario's Timber Industry, 1875-1960 (eBook version)
by J.P. Bertrand

NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK (When ordering please specify format - EPUB, MOBI or PDF - and include email address for upload.

The fascinating story of the pioneer loggers, pulpwood operators, timber speculators and mill promoters, many of whom the author knew first hand. Their devices to obtain exportable pulpwood, without having to pay Crown dues, their trespassing on Crown Reserves, and their intrigues behind the scenes to gain favour with political leaders come to life in the pages of this book. Timber Wolves is an indispensable and highly entertaining study of Northwestern Ontario's timber industry.

J.P. Bertrand came to Northwestern Ontario in 1900 and quickly built a successful career in the timber industry. This book was written in 1961, three years before his death, but has  never been published until now. Bertrand is also author of the best-selling history of the region, Highway of Destiny.

ISBN 978-0-920119-72-3

Flashback: Reflections of our Storied Past

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Edited by Rob Neff:

A collection of 64 short articles taken from the Society’s extensive collection of newspaper contributions since 1976, written by 26 different authors and edited by a long-time contributor to the column.