Friday, January 4, 2013

Writing the Cataline book

As many of you may know, I'm writing a book about the famed BC packer, Jean Caux. Caux was also known as Cataline, and he first came to British Columbia in 1858, worked as a mule and horse train packer until 1912. He was a grand fellow, and I'm enjoying learning about him and his life. He worked well until his late 70s, and he looks fit and healthy in those later photos. 

I'm hoping to have the first draft of the manuscript to Caitlin Press by late February of this year, so am working hard to achieve that goal. This week I'm plugging away at the 1870s and 1880s chapters. These were fascinating times in British Columbia history, what with B.C. joining Confederation in 1871, and the Omenica goldrush of the mid-1870s. There were also great technological strides such as the telephone and railway. The first telephones came into the bigger cities of British Columbia in the 1870s and then in the 1880s the Canadian Pacific Railway changed the landscape of our province forever. Communication was still difficult in the areas further away, of course, and people still relied on packers, dog sleds, walking, stage coach and horse.

The packers that supplied the province with goods were still very much in evidence until well into the 1920s, changing their routes to follow the needs of their customers.

Here's a photo of Cataline. Isn't he handsome?


Image A-02038 courtesy of Royal BC Museum, BC Archives

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