In this lighthearted and charming collection of stories, popular historian Grant MacEwan captures the homespun humour, the outrageous antics, and the colourful characters that brought laughter and joy into the often difficult lives of the early pioneers.
Among these pages you will meet the likes of: Pegleg Paul, king of woodenleg mirth and permanent fixture at the Fleet Livery's Hot Stove Liars' League; and Tom Sukanen, inventor and mechanical genius, obsessed with the singlehanded construction of a 43-foot, 15-tonne seaworthy ship on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
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About the Author
John Walter Grant MacEwan was born in 1902 near Brandon, Manitoba, grew up near Melfort, Saskatchewan, and was educated in Guelph, Ontario and Ames, Iowa. He served on the faculties of the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as mayor of Calgary, and as lieutenant governor of Alberta.
Renowned across Canada as a livestock judge and lecturer on agricultural topics, he became a tireless advocate of conservation and regional historical awareness, themes which drove his astonishing output of writing.
The man described as "the Western Canadian of the Twentieth Century" died on June 15, 2000.