Rogues and Rebels
Unforgettable Characters from Canada's West
ISBN: 978-0-88977-398-1
Year: 2015
Pages: 244
Binding: Paperback
$19.95

Rogues and Rebels introduces us to dozens of larger-than-life Westerners--some infamous, some obscure--who dared to be different.

Brian Brennan chronicles the mavericks, iconoclasts, and adventurers who threw away the rulebook, thumbed their noses at convention, and let their detractors howl. They never retracted, never explained, never apologized, and they got things done. 

Discover the unforgettable characters who made the West what it is today. You know some by name: Jack Webster, Nellie McClung, and Tommy Douglas. Others are less well-known: the inventor of the Bloody Caesar; those who assumed fake identities to further their ambitions; the mysterious cult leader Brother XII, and more. 

 

Contents

Preface  ix

 

Peter Pond (1740–1807) 1 

 

 

Jerry Potts (1838–1896)  8

 

 

John William Tims (1857–1945)  17

 

 

Joseph “Fightin’ Joe” Clarke (1869–1941)  23

 

 

Nellie Letitia Mooney McClung (1873–1951)  30

 

 

Winnifred Eaton Babcock Reeve (1875–1954)  38

 

 

Edward Arthur Wilson, a.k.a. “Brother xii” (1878–1934)  48

 

 

Jack Krafchenko (1881–1914)  55

 

 

Morris “Two-Gun” Cohen (1887–1970)  61

 

 

Mike Mountain Horse (1888–1964)  67

 

 

Margaret “Ma” Murray (1888–1982)  73

 

 

Will James (1892–1942)  82

 

 

Tommy Douglas (1904–1986)  91

 

 

Gladys Arnold (1905–2002)  97

 

 

James H. Gray (1906–1998)  104

 

 

Clyde Gilmour (1912–1997)  109

 

 

Ruth Peacock Gorman (1914–2002)  117

 

 

Stu Hart (1915–2003)  127

 

 

Melvin Crump (1916–2009)  138

 

 

Jack Webster (1918–1999)  145

 

 

Stanley Charles Waters (1920–1991)  152

 

 

Roy Alexander Farran (1921–2006)  157

 

 

Hal Sisson (1921–2009)  165

 

 

Milt Harradence (1922–2008)  171

 

 

Donald Cormie (1922–2010)  178

 

 

 

Claire Hedwig Chell (1924–2003)  188

 

Robert Kroetsch (1927–2011)  194

 

 

Shay Duffin (1931–2010)  200

 

 

Rick McNair (1942–2007)  207

 

 

Ralph Klein (1942–2013)  214

 

 

Heather Robertson (1942–2014)  219

 

 

Billy Cowsill (1948–2006)  227

 

 

Sources  235

 

 

Index  239

 

 

About the Author  241

 

 

Brian Brennan

An award-winning author and former columnist for the Calgary Herald, Brian Brennan is the best-selling author of Scoundrels and Scallywags: Characters from Alberta's Past.
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