THE WOODEN SUITCASE: LETTERS OF A CANADIAN SOLDIER IN WWII

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Author: Cheri-Lynn Oldham Synopsis: Cheri knew that her Grandfather, Al Williams, had fought in the Second World War. She knew he was Dr. Alan (Al) Williams, an optometrist. Then, one day, Al told her about the wooden suitcase in his basement containing letters he had written his parents from overseas. Cheri set up her tape recorder and recorded her grandfather reading them aloud, adding his comments. Al Williams died in 2009, at the age of 85. Because of Cheri’s love and admiration for him, this book of letters adds one more small piece to the many that make up the mosaic of World War II. Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir, World War II Published in: 2014 No. of Pages: 244 ISBN: 9781926953168
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THOSE LAKESHORE YEARS, 1937-1962

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Author: Tuan Robertson Synopsis: Stroll through Point-Claire Village, Quebec, with author Taun Robertson as he recounts tales of his early Lakeshore years, focusing on many of the residents who defined his community through the 40s and 50s. This typical Lakeshore village grew with the addition of summer homes after WWI and new young families after WWII. Anecdotes of business owners, families, WWII air-raid drills, local war heroes, that RAF Ferry Command, a Venezuelan revolutionary, and the sailors of Pointe-Claire Yacht Club come together to tell a big story about a small town. Taun and his brother, Ian, became yachtsmen like their father, Ross Robertson. Years of cruising and racing at the PCYC instilled a passion in many sailors that would last a lifetime. After fifty years, Taun’s memories are as…
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AT THE END OF THE FINAL LINE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING AT CANADIAN VICKERS AND CANADA AIR FROM 1923 TO 1984

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Author: Patrick J. Campbell Synopsis: One of the few books about the actual construction and manufacturing of aircraft. In 1912 the Canadian Vickers shipyard is established on the St. Lawrence River in Montreal. In 1920, it is declared perfect for assembling seaplanes. When a new plant is built in St. Laurent, land-based aircraft construction continues until 1984 under the Canadair name. A very readable story of a bit of Canadian aviation history. Genre: Historic Non-fiction, Aviation Published in: 2006 No. of Pages: 132 ISBN: 9781896754499
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BERE COURT: THE HISTORY OF AN ENGLISH MANOR HOUSE

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Author: Victor Breedon Synopsis: An ancient estate on the River Thames, the history of the estate of Bere Court commences around 844 and involves Royal visits, the march of invading armies, abbots dragged from priest holes, the execution of a succession of nobles, treason, adventures on foreign shores, bankruptcies, litigation seemingly without end, the odd ghost, and so much more.There are some forty owners of Bere Court through its history, including members of the highest order in the State and the Church. The fortunes and deeds of these owners mimic the thrusting and stumbling of a thousand years of history. They observed, or from their privileged position, helped mould England. Their story is the story of English history. Genre: Historic Non-fiction, Biography Published in: 2007 No. of Pages: 242 ISBN:…
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THE LAST BLACKSMITH OF APPLE HILL: OLIVIER HAMELIN AND HIS SHOP

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Author: Douglas A. Fales Synopsis: Oliver Hamelin passed away in the last week of June 1984. He was 82, but had been active in the same smithy shop for 53 years. Oliver Hamelin was indeed the “last blacksmith of Apple Hill” in terms of an in-shop rural smith. It is unlikely another smith “cast in the same mold as Oliver” will ever claim this empty, dusty shop.The Glengarry Historical Society of Glengarry County at Alexandria had the blacksmith shop moved to Dunvegan, where it became be an addition to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. Oliver Hamelin would never have envisioned his shop’s becoming a tourist attraction and on museum grounds, but then again, he had instinctive regard for all his shop artifacts having a unique character. Genre: Historic Non-fiction, Biography Published…
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THE RAFTSMEN OF THE OTTAWA AND ST. LAURENCE RIVERS

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Author: Leon-A. Robidoux Synopsis: The 1800s—the era of the timber trade in Ontario and Quebec—lumber camps supplied logs to sawmills or forwarding companies, workers built rafts of the felled timber, and raftsmen were hired to take them down the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers to the Port of Quebec, where they were disassembled and the timber shipped to England. The author brings to life the story of the raftsmen, whose work helped shape Canada and then faded into history. Genre: Historic Non-fiction, Biography Published in: 2008 No. of Pages: 197 ISBN: 9781896754383
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THE HISTORY OF MORIN HEIGHTS AND SURROUNDING REGIONS

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Author: Don Stewart Synopsis: Anglo pioneers came from Argenteuil from the south. French settles arrived from the east. They met in what is now Morin Heights. The ingredients were right for a clash of language, religion and culture. Instead of confronting each other, these new neighbours battled the forests and rocky farmland, and carved out the foundation for a vibrant, harmonious community.This book tells the story from the beginning in a casual, readable style with research-based historical accuracy and occasional controversy. The evolution of Morin Heights is revealed within the larger context of surrounding Pays-d’en-Haut and Argenteuil communities, as well as Quebec and Canada of the times. Genre: Historic Non-fiction Published in: 2017 No. of Pages: 518 ISBN: 9781926953410
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MONTREAL 1909

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Author: Robert N. Wilkins Synopsis: As a teenager, Robert N. Wilkins, like other boys at the time, home delivered The Montreal Star in order to make a little extra pocket money for casual spending. Little did he know in those days that much later in his life, he would wind up systematically scouring the archives of this same iconic city newspaper, which printed its last copy in September of 1979. What would begin as search for the obituary of his grandfather’s brother, became a thorough examination of all the editions that The Star put out during the Edwardian era, 1900-1910. Choosing the year 1909, Wilkins takes us through the colorful and complex lives of those who inhabited Montreal well-over 100 years ago. Using extracts and his own comments, he now gives us a…
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