The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island

The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island

by Jeanette Taylor
     
 

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Quadra Island, the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands clustered at the northern end of Georgia Strait, has a history that bristles with unforgettable characters and remarkable events. Jeanette Taylor breathes life into legendary figures like We-Kai, ancestor of the We Wai Kai First Nation; Reginald Pidcock, the crusty potlatch-busting Indian Agent;

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Quadra Island, the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands clustered at the northern end of Georgia Strait, has a history that bristles with unforgettable characters and remarkable events. Jeanette Taylor breathes life into legendary figures like We-Kai, ancestor of the We Wai Kai First Nation; Reginald Pidcock, the crusty potlatch-busting Indian Agent; Helen Bull, the notorious mistress of the Heriot Bay Hotel, who survived a point-blank pistol shot; "Skookum" Tom Leask, equally feared for his super-human strength and his volatile temper; and Huey Horatious Nelson Baron Bacon, the self-styled "only Lord in America," who bemused the denizens of local bars with dramatic recitations from the classics.

The Quadra Story, a labour of love and the result of decades of research, contains a wealth of detail about coastal life in the days of dugout canoes, Union steamships, salmon canneries and stump-studded homesteads that makes it an essential resource for all history buffs and a rewarding discovery for anyone who appreciates a fascinating read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550174953
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jeanette Taylor was on the curatorial staff for the Museum at Campbell River for nearly twenty years and executive director of the Campbell River Art Gallery for over a decade. Her passion for history, art and coastal life are evident in her books, River City: A History of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands, Exploring Quadra Island: Heritage Sites and Hiking Trails (Fernbank) and Tidal Passages: A History of the Discovery Islands. Taylor is the coordinator of The Scribes Comprehensive Writing Services, a collective of writers, editors and designers. She teaches nonfiction writing courses and workshops, and leads heritage sites tours aboard the historic Columbia III. Taylor is a resident of Quadra Island, BC.

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