YesterCanada: historical tales of mystery and adventure by Elma SchemenauerYesterCanada: historical tales of mystery and adventure by Elma Schemenauer

YesterCanada: historical tales of mystery and adventure

byElma Schemenauer

Paperback | October 31, 2016

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YesterCanada presents thirty historical tales spanning this great land and the centuries from the 1200s to the 1900s. Here are a few of the mysteries you'll find in its pages: Where in the icy Arctic is the lost Vancouver-based ship Baychimo? Who rang the chapel bell in Tadoussac, Quebec one foggy April night in 1782? Why did a Minnesota farmer abandon his farm, walk to Saskatchewan, and build an ocean-going ship far from any ocean? In YesterCanada you'll also meet adventurers like Ontario´s daring Lady Agnes, Nova Scotia's migrating Normanites, gold-seekers of Alberta, and the Manitoba Cree chief who gave his life for the woman he loved.
Born near the village of Elbow, Saskatchewan, Elma sank deep roots into the prairie way of life and the traditions of her extended Mennonite family. Venturing farther afield, she became a teacher of English and religion. After several years she fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving into a publishing career in Toronto. She's the author o...
Title:YesterCanada: historical tales of mystery and adventureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 31, 2016Publisher:Borealis Press LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888876505

ISBN - 13:9780888876508


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words of alluring magic I found Elma Schemenauer’s “YesterCanada” to be a beautiful testament to her writing skills, as well as to the people depicted on its pages. The tales of her great land kept me spell bound for hours. Even when I became engrossed in other activities, the alluring magic of her words called me back to them. My many thanks to the author for such a treat. Review by Lyn Balisteri Jensen
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rich tapestry of Canada's heritage & proud lifestyle I just want to write you a note about your wonderful book: YesterCanada. We have just returned from California and I read your wonderful pieces on the plane going there and coming back. I am extremely impressed with the facts, knowledge and expertise you showed in how to write non-fiction and make it come alive. Each story was brimming with colour whether it be in the tale itself or in the trees, landscape or the emotional feelings of the people. I could feel them, I could walk with them and I could see how they felt in every aspect of their life and journey. Thank you, Elma, for such a rich tapestry of Canada, our heritage and our proud lifestyle. Review by Shirley Dodding, author of the novel NACKED ON THE INSIDE
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant YesterCanada is a collection of 30 short stories that captured my full attention from the very first page through to the last. I’ve always been fascinated with history and was pleased when asked to review Elma Schemenauer’s novel. I thought I knew a lot about the country I was born and raised in and was expecting to know most of these stories, but I was wrong. The author has successfully created a selection of stories that are not only educational, but fascinating and enjoyable to read. You’ll find yourself thinking how come I never heard of the story of The Woman Who walked to the Top of the World or world famous actor Charles Francis Coghlan had a connection to Canada. With beautifully written characters ranging from Lady Agnes to Tom Thomson, YesterCanada takes the reader on many incredible journeys and conveys more in a few pages than many do in an entire novel. In Abigail Becker, Heroine of Lake Erie we meet the brave Mrs. Becker who fights desperately to save a crew aboard the sinking schooner Conducter. I couldn’t wait to get to the last page to see if she indeed saved the crew or had the ship tragically sunk to the bottom of Lake Erie with everyone on board. In Lily of the Peace River we learn of the tragic tale of the demise of Edward Armson and his wife who perished alone in the wilderness leaving behind a daughter and one page turning mystery. Or the haunting page turner of the life of Tom Sukanan. His sad and lonely life brought me to tears. By far my favorite story was that of Lady Agnes Macdonald’s thrilling train ride from Ottawa to Bristish Columbia. Written with such passion, I felt as though I was there with Lady Agnes, sitting on the cowcatcher chugging across the prairies. There’s a huge amount of skill involved in putting together an array of stories with all different themes ranging from adventure, love, mystery, and even tragedy and still have the novel feel like one book. Elma does this beautifully. It is rare, but some stories have the power to say with you long after you’ve turned the final page. Elma’s complication of short stories is that kind of novel. My only advice is clear your afternoon because once you start reading YesterCanada you’re not going to want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good tone, reader-friendly, historical interest Your YesterCanada is marvellous. Have read many stories now, Elma. Such a good tone, reader-friendly and full of historical interest. I hope my tone comes across even half as well. Eleanor Hancock, author of Salt Chuck Stories from Vancouver Island's West Coast.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YesterCanada I loved YesterCanada and read it right through the day I picked it up. It is so interesting to read of other parts of Canada. It makes me want to go to some of the places mentioned to see the location of the story. Can you imagine being strapped onto the cow catcher of a moving train so you can see more of the view? Great read, great writing. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know some little known facts of Canada.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Backtracking Research YesterCanada brings to the reader thirty traditional tales, all rooted in Canada’s lands and waters, from coast to coast to coast. Most have been marinated in ancient times and cultural differences; others sneak quietly into the twentieth century. The author displays her writing skills by portraying rugged and remote as well as more urban scenes in such vivid word pictures that the reader may experience a feeling of actually being a part of the image. Characterization brings to life the actors in the drama. This collection of Canadian historical drama not only enlightens but also entertains and deserves a must read sticker. Five Star rating. -Manuscript Review by Lloyd Jeck, author of In the Shadow of the Peaks: Rocky Mountain Tales and British Columbia TRAILS Heading North.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YesterCanada - A fife book YesterCanada - Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure Elma Schemenauer Review by Slavomir Almajan It deserves five-star rating indeed! It is also a must-read book for readers of any age, any gender, any culture... Elma Schemenauer invaded my searching heart with a new level of curiosity, way beyond "let's see what else is new" realm. She captured my full attention with Remember the Sunflowers, a captivating novel, deeply entrenched in Canada's prairie culture with all the harmonies and disharmonies of life in a real world. YesterCanada comes, at least for me, as a surprise that shattered all my reservations regarding short fictionalized history stories. Sometimes this kind of stories come as a cover up for poorly researched facts. YesterCanada is a real deal! It is not a mere attempt to fill the pages with nicely crafted words, although there is a lot of that in this book, but rather a heart's response to so many old stories and legends of this land. It is a master's touch throughout every story and legend that brings to life the characters and the things that you never thought could breathe again. But they did and they did it with the author's life. Tom Sukanan is one of the most beautiful and complex characters in the book and the circumstances surrounding his life and shaping his destiny were, to say the least, not less complex. The restlessness he carried within drove him toward unleashing the best of him to the service of others. "It wasn’t that he didn’t care about other people. When new homesteaders arrived in the area, Tom offered to lend them a hand in building their houses. He also turned his inventive and mechanical abilities to projects that benefitted the whole community. It was Tom Sukanan who built the area’s first grain-threshing machine. It was also Tom who constructed a homemade sewing machine so that the women of the district wouldn’t need to do all their mending by hand." The homesickness that hit him later on morphed into one of the most intense dramas that could hit the human soul. The creator became almost one with his creation. They both became an unsung song, victims of aging without legacy, of dying with unfulfilled dreams. The British Columbia Ship That Wouldn't Die is a symbol, a Thing that survived its creator, carrying his restlessness that built it across the oceans... Lillian Alling was more than a mere mortal woman. She was a heroine, a pursuer of her dream. Nothing could stand against it. Somehow a part of New York City and every place that her feeble feet touched became better and more alive. The obstacles sometimes would be simple acts of kindness or even apparent hostile actions driven by pure intentions. Wow! I dare you to read this story without falling in love with its main character! By the author's touch even the dead come to life, not necessarily through living but through animating the bored world by a mysterious and almost unbelievable story. Yes, I said to myself, love survives the mortal being and frees enough territory to accommodate an absolutely beautiful story. Elma Schemenauer grew to know intimately the world around her and made it more beautiful through her outstanding way of being restless for the sake of carrying the light of Christ through what He made her to be. Thank you, Elma, for your beautiful work!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Engaging Read Author Elma Schemenauer has researched and brought to life 30 intriguing tales from Canada’s past, in a selection as broad as our nation’s geography. Stories feature First Nations tribes, visitors, and immigrants, in settings from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and range from as early as the 1200s to the 1900s. Vignettes, with accompanying photos, range from the light-hearted to the tragic, and from fact to myth. There is lost gold, murder, shipwreck, even a mysterious infant floating down a river to safety. Meet a hermit, a priest, a prime minister’s wife, a bride imported from France. Read about courageous men and women, others bent on what their neighbours called fools’ quests, and about legends, mysteries, and drama. Stories are told in an accessible and engaging tone, making YesterCanada an ideal book for adults and young adults alike. It would also be a good choice for reading aloud to older children, to cultivate an interest in the lesser-known details of Canadian history. [Advance review copy provided by the author.]
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-written Elma Schemenauer has a way with words and it's a fascinating one. She expands anecdotes of Canada's past into fascinating tales: an ocean going ship built in the middle of the prairies, camels in the northern gold fields, an aircraft carrier built entirely of ice, and twenty-seven other incidents of more or less veracity. For readers who insist on separating fact from fiction the author provides an extensive bibliography. As for me, I enjoyed the well-written stories as they stand.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good reading YesterCanada by Canadian author Elma Schemenauer is a captivating collection of short stories. From deep-sea adventures to early settlers in French Canada, to prairie homesteaders and First Nations people, to a well told railway story, these tales are all eminently readable and entertaining. The work cries out for a sequel. In this tamed, homogenized and dependent world, there are so few ‘characters’ left. The author does well to grab these old ‘character’-generated stories before they are lost to memory. Reg Quist, author of Noah Gates and Hamilton Robb
Date published: 2016-11-29