Pledge to beloved wife Take her home in sketch coffin Go full squirrelly Today on BC Week, we turn to John A. 'Cariboo' Cameron, one of the many 'interesting' characters of the Cariboo Gold Rush. Cameron was born in 1820 in Glengarry County in the future Ontario. He married his beloved Sophia, had a daughter … Continue reading Cariboo Cameron Haiku
Brutish father killed, Become men, go on crime spree. Common progression. For this installment of BC Week, let's turn to the glorious city of my birth, Kamloops. And fur trading. And crime. And that Chilcotin War I mentioned. And one family in particular. It all started in Scotland, with the birth of Donald McLean in … Continue reading McLean Clan Haiku
"A thought - make plan ere Sending thousands on death's path." Tactics genius! Today on BC Week: Arthur Currie, a WWI general who stood out by not being murderously incompetent. Currie was born in Ontario in 1875. Just before graduating high school, he got in a tiff with a teacher, so he struck out to … Continue reading Arthur Currie Haiku
It's murder most foul! String up the miscreant! ...Shit. Judge is weeks away. It's the third day of BC Week, so let our topic be the saddle sore legs of the law: Matthew Baillie Begbie, the so-called 'Hanging Judge.' Begbie was born an army brat on the high seas in 1819. His family arrived in … Continue reading Matthew Baillie Begbie
The history fix - "See the good she did for gals! But man, so racist." BC Week continues with BC's first female MLA (and first Speaker and cabinet minister in the whole dang British Empire) Mary Ellen Smith! Smith (then Spear) was born in England in 1863 to a copper miner. After a stint as … Continue reading Mary Ellen Smith Haiku
Where the white man goes, Next white man follows with booze, Ever-flapping jaw. BC Day is on Monday, so fuck it, I'm making this BC Week. I will educate you all on the noble and proud history of my home province of British Columbia. Let's start with Gassy Jack! John Deighton was born in Hull … Continue reading Gassy Jack Haiku
Good, hearty borscht! Helps you fight Napoleon, Beat back the Nazis.