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The Fossmill Story

by Doug & Paul Mackey


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The Fossmill Story
Life in a Railway Lumbering Village on the Edge of
Algonquin Park

Based on over 50 interviews with former residents, newspaper articles, and archival material, and vividly enriched by more than 350 photographs, maps, and illustrations, The Fossmill Story reveals the dramatic life of people who lived in a company village, rising in prosperity through the Roaring Twenties economic boom and excessive living, sinking into poverty and community decline with onset of the Great Depression. Authors Doug Mackey and his son Paul describe the logging and lumbering operations of the Fassett Lumber Corporation and its railway that drew logs from the highlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park to its mill in Fossmill. Seasoned and knowledgeable, they write the best account anywhere of forest and mill fires, crime and punishment, tragic accidents and untimely death, poverty and affluence, "a twentieth century Canadian story" in a most Canadian of all possible settings.


This book is co-authored by father and son. Allan Douglas Mackey, now retired after 36 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, has experience as a writer and researcher. He's taught log house construction, and for two years was curator of Mattawa and District Museum responsible for various heritage projects. As a local historian Doug has written, in addition to The Fossmill Story, such favourites as The Kiosk Story and Where Rivers Meet, and the weekly column "Heritage Perspectives" in Community Voices a regional publication of the North Bay Nugget.

His co-author, son Paul Douglas Mackey, studied history and anthropology at University of Toronto. Paul has worked in heritage building restoration, boat restoration, and cabinet making. Paul is also an illustrator and photographer.


Publisher: Past Forward Heritage Ltd., 1999
Category: History / Economy & Transport
ISBN: 978-1-896974-10-1 9781896974101
Price: $29.95 CDN/USA paperback
Format: 224 pages, 11 x 8.5 in
Features: Over 350 photographs, illustrations, and maps. Winner for the year 2000 of Ontario Historical Society's Fred Landon Award for Best Ontario Regional History.