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Billy-goat Smith, Powell River Co. Xmas, Mr. Dippie and Others by

Paperback, Published in Nov 2006 by Trafford Publishing

ISBN10: 1425100392 | ISBN13: 9781425100391

Page count: 240

Old-Time Stories is a collection of stories by old-timers in the Powell River area. Most are based on he West coast in the Powell River area, others in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Amusing tales based in the first half of the twentieth century about characters who survived and put their stamp on Canadian History. This book contains numerous photos from private collections, published for the first time.
The lead story is about Billy-Goat Smith. Mystery surrounded Billy-Goat Smith, a hermit living on Powell Lake. Rumours swirled around this man: bank robber, arsonist, even murder! Readers are asked to solve this historical mystery! The Author explores his connection with the famous 1906 Stanford white murder in New York. Secrets are revealed about his colourful past.
The shortest, but most interesting story is that of Squirrel soup Jones who lived new the Head of Powell Lake.
Mr. Dippie, known as Dippie Dippie, lived in a tent for 40 years on a beach at Lund. He was an amazing artist who drew the tugboats and fishing boats that passed by his tent.
Stories of old-time dancing and an old-fashioned Christmas in the pulp & paper company town of Powell River: go to the Papermakers' ball on New Year's Eve and then take in a round of gold the nest morning.
Visit a "Ma & Pa" teashop at the beach before fast food restaurants arrived. Enjoy and smile at the family farm stories, one by Ruby Roscovich in Alberta in the 20s and 30s and the other by Barbara Ann Lambert in paradise Valley, Powell River, in the early 70s.

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