Colonel Clark's Chronicles: The Memories of a Canadian Politician, Journalist and Storyteller of the Early 20th Century (Paperback)
Colonel Hugh Clark was born on May 6th, 1867 on a farm on the Tenth Concession north of Kincardine, Ontario. He was a schoolteacher, a newspaperman, Lieutenant Colonel in the 32nd Bruce Regiment, and both a Provincial and Federal politician. He was still writing newspaper articles up until his death in 1959 and at that time was thought to be the oldest acting journalist in Canada. This book is a collection of his stories of local characters from Kincardine and Bruce County, of old-time journalists, and of famous politicians, written with wisdom and humour.
His wit and charisma made him sought after as a speaker and he had hundreds of anecdotes that he loved to tell. Many people urged him to write a book, which he did, but alas, it was never published in his lifetime.
He was my grandfather and I grew up in his house. He was much older than I, but was always clear, current and witty. I knew of his writings but thought they had been lost, but a year or two ago, my sister found them and gave them to me. After transcribing, sequencing, editing, verification where possible, indexing, and insertion of a few pictures, mostly courtesy of Wikipedia, I present the book to you. Some terms are archaic, as it was written so long ago. I have tried to include explanations where required.