||December 4, 2009
Field of Dreams Becomes Reality
Some heritage buffs in the community of Field and area have
a passion for local history and after a decade of hard work have a new local
history book - Field, Ontario 1850-2009. A sample story was featured in last
week’s Community Voices. The book is written by well known regional historian
Wayne LeBelle, who lives in Field, north of Sturgeon Falls on Hwy 64 on the
Sturgeon River . He carried out many interviews and was helped by Field
historian Roger Lafond and others. The book is bilingual with English/French
text and was helped with many of the 500 photographs coming from La Societe
Historique de Field.
|| Wayne LeBelle photo by David Lewis
The 240 page book is for sale now at Gullivers Books in
North Bay and in libraries in Sturgeon Falls and Cache Bay, etc.- or directly by
phone from Wayne at 705-758-9669 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a website in early 2010.
The book is in five sections starting with the important
logging operations and profiles five men of note including his father. The book
is dedicated to Wayne’s father C. J. LeBelle. Chapter two profiles several
typical families including some in Crystal Falls and Desaulniers and area and
significant events in the area. Chapter three looks at the floods and the
tornado Field had to deal with. The recent fire in the town’s general store did
not make it into the book because the book was at the printers.
The devastating Field Mill Fire – Wayne LeBelle Photo
Chapter four looks at the schools, churches and key
personalities involved. The final chapter provides a Chronology going back to
1872. The book is a real keepsake for anyone interested in the area and is a
nice compliment to Wayne’s other books on Sturgeon Falls and West Nipissing
Wayne worked as a newspaper reporter for years and had a
long career with the MNR until his recent retirement. This is his 9th book,
four of which are bilingual and thousands of copies have been sold. He is also
a publisher and has published a book on Smooth Rock Falls. His next book is a
coffee table type book on Iroquois Falls and is due out a year from now.
Profits will help their local museum.
The West Nipissing Calendar
I wrote recently about a 2010 calendar published by the
Society Historique de Nipissing Ouest (where Wayne LeBelle is President) in
cooperation with the Sturgeon River House Museum. It is available at local
libraries and the Museum.
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