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Autobiography of John Macoun, Canadian Explorer and Naturalist, 1831-1920
© 1979 OFNC, hc 362 pp.
First published in 1922, this is a fascinating story of one of the most remarkable men who has ever served Canada. It was reprinted in 1979 by the OFNC in celebration of the club's centennial.
Born in Ireland, Macoun came to Canada as a teenager. From his start as an Ontario farm hand, he raised himself to international repute in the world of scholars. He crossed the wide prairies in days when buffalo still ran and climbed the snowy Rockies as one of the team of men who explored the route over which the railway was to run.
His botanical research revealed the potential wealth of the wheat lands and ranches of the West when few believed in them.