Peter McArthur: Our Famous Canadian – 1866 – 1924

Marie Williams, Glencoe: The huge crowd that packed into the Glencoe and District Historical Society Archives on February 22 proved that the “Sage of Ekfrid” is as popular today as he was over 100 years ago. In addition to 30 viewing online, over 50 turned up in person.

Norm McGill welcomed guests before president Ken Beecroft made some announcements. Kosta Vaklev offered a reading by McArthur before enthusiast Harold Carruthers described his lifelong interest in the farmer/author.

Joining from Ireland, guest speaker Stephanie McDonald described McArthur’s life and works, focussing on the last 16 years of his life after he moved back to the home farm in Ekfrid Twp. Don Sinclair closed the afternoon event, speaking about his connection to McArthur through the home farm and, in particular, the demonstration woodlot where he liked to loaf amongst the trees and appreciate nature.

It has been 100 years since our local bard, the Sage of Ekfrid, Peter McArthur died. This coming year we are going to rediscover this colourful figure who was a well known writer in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. More about Peter here. Some poetry.

Download his books here at Faded Pages website