Passing Through Missing Pages: The Intriguing Story of Annie Garland Foster

Passing Through Missing Pages: The Intriguing Story of Annie Garland Foster

by Frances Welwood


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Annie Garland Foster was born in Fredericton, NB, in 1875. She was an educator, nurse, politician, social reformer, journalist and biographer of Pauline Johnson. But she was also a bit of a mystery.
In 1939, Annie wrote an autobiography titled “Passing Through” in which she described the challenges and adventures of her earlier life: as a co-ed at UNB in the 1890s, teaching in rural Saskatchewan and British Columbia, nursing the Great War’s wounded in Britain’s military hospitals, being elected to the City Council in Nelson, BC, in 1920 and consorting with suffragettes. But despite her efforts to share her story, she was an intriguingly private person. Her memoir, peppered with pseudonyms and cryptic information, reveals more about the mysteriousness of her character than about the events of her life. Most curious of all is her deliberate removal of one of the most intriguing and critical chapters of her story.
In this thoughtful and thorough biography, Frances Welwood begins her work where Foster ends her tale. Welwood follows her elusive subject from Fredericton to Nelson, giving historical context to Annie’s insightful and cinematic prose. But most exciting of all, Welwood finally sheds light on the events described in the six pages excised from “Passing Through”: the circumstances connecting Annie to a 1926 murder trial.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894759618
Publisher: Caitlin Press Inc.
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Since the age of twelve, Frances Clay Welwood's ambition has been to write a book. In 1990, she encountered Annie Garland Foster and this dream slowly became a reality. They never met, as Foster passed away in 1974 at the age of ninety-nine, but Welwood spent nearly two decades painstakingly researching and gathering the details of this enigmatic woman's life and her important contribution to Canadian history. Welwood is an accomplished historian and has written articles for BCHistory (previously BC Historical News), Manitoba History, Resolutions: Journal of the Maritime Museum of BC, and local news media. She has recently been awarded the 2010 Yandle Prize for best article in British Columbia History for her story about Lukin Johnston. Passing Through Missing Pages is Welwood's first book. Frances lives in Nelson, BC.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

The Studio 15

"Scotsmen All" 18

Homestead at Manners Sutton 27

Mill Town 34

Fredericton School and Family 40

The Doaks of Doaktown 45

Woodstock Home 51

The University of New Brunswick 59

Faculty and Friends 68

An American Nurse 75

Matron of Woodstock's Hospital 81

"Westward Ho!" 85

"Inland Paradise" 92

Mrs. Garland Foster 102

War Alarums 112

Sister in Service 118

Homecoming 127

Civilian Life 135

Nelson Civic Affairs 141

Champion of Veterans 154

Missing Pages 165

The Trials of Patrick Hanley 172

Justice Deferred 184

A Writer's Work 190

Hanley Walks 200

White Rock At Home 208

L'Envoi 218

Afterword 220

Acknowledgements 222

Appendix 225

Endnotes 231

Bibliography 239

Family Trees 248

Index 250

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