Life in a Thundering Bay: Voices from Thunder Bay's Past by Tania L. Saj

Life in a Thundering Bay: Voices from Thunder Bay's Past

EditorTania L. Saj, Elle Andra-Warner

Paperback | July 7, 2007

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Life in a Thundering Bay: Voices from Thunder Bay's Past is a remarkable collection of stories that bring to life the early days of the frontier Canadian towns of Fort William and Port Arthur (Ontario) located on Lake Superior.  Many of these stories were lost or difficult to find and now, for the first time, have been brought together in a book.  In their own words, pioneers of Northern Ontario describe their unforgettable experiences: read about Catherine Moodie Vickers' spectacular canoe journey to Kakabeka Falls in 1873; witness a 1883 street fight in Port Arthur; relive J. C. Bank's frozen nightmare on Lake Superior during the Great Storm of 1893. These stories remind us that life on the North Shore of Lake Superior has always been a gamble and an adventure, which makes for great reading.



About The Author

Tania L. Saj is an anthropologist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary.  She is the author of numerous publications in biological and anthropological journals.  Life in a Thundering Bay: Voices from Thunder Bay's Past is her first book.  Now living in Calgary, Thunder Bay is her hometown.Elle Andra-Warner is a journalist, photo...

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Title:Life in a Thundering Bay: Voices from Thunder Bay's PastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:187 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:July 7, 2007Publisher:River Rocks PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0978272102

ISBN - 13:9780978272104

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Saj and Andra-Warner have accomplished something valuable here, with a collection that is lively and entertaining. Anyone reading it will be struck by the immediacy of the eye-witness accounts of native dances and ceremonies, of nitroglycerine casually used and stored, of businesses that sprang up in grandeur and decayed only in our lifetimes.  The editors wanted to keep the collection limited as far as possible to original sources, not 'as told to' but rather "I was there' stories. Letters like the one from Catherine Vickers to her mother, Susanna Moodie, remind us that photos were a rare thing before 1900, and that word-pictures were necessary to create in a reader's mind the kind of landscape and people a traveler would encounter. Try to read this with someone else in the room, so that you can read aloud the gems that will strike you on every page. Linda Turk, The Chronicle Journal.