Long before Canada stretched from sea to sea, there was life in the West. There was enterprise and competition in widely scattered stations. There was settlement and community life. Tension and conflict were there; all shared in the struggle against natural disaster. Dr. Marnoch explores the political and social dynamics at work in this extraordinary tale of persistence and determination. His direct and honest prose style brings the major players in Western Canadian history to life, from the earliest of the Red River Valley– Orcadians, Nor’Westers, and Hudson’s Bay Highlanders–to the men of power and vision–Lord Selkirk, Alexander Ross, and John Black.
About the Author
Dr. James Marnoch received his B.A. from the University of Manitoba (United College), graduated from Knox College in Toronto, and was ordained in 1948. He spent his ministry within the Synod of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario; in Winnipeg, Marnoch served for several years at both St. John’s Presbyterian and Old Kildonan. He also served as chaplain to Sir Sam Steele Legion until his retirement. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from his college in 1981. James Marnoch died in 2000.