RANKIN, Robert Allan
Title: Down at the Shore : A History of Summerside, Prince Edward Island (1752-1945). First Edition, Signed
Publisher:  Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, 1980, ISBN:0920434126 1980
ISBN Number: 0920434126 / 9780920434123
Seller ID: 110127
RANKIN, Robert Allan. Down at the Shore : A History of Summerside, Prince Edward Island (1752-1945). With illustrations. N.pl. : Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation, (1980). First Edition. "Printed by Williams and Crue Limited". Pp (8),3-193,(1). With over 90 b&w photos in the text as well as maps and other illustrations. 8vo, blue art-illustrated cardcovers, white lettering to spine.
Robert Allan Rankin (b. 1949, Summerside).
"Down at the Shore is a special kind of community history. Although Allan Rankin writes with the familiar warmth and affection of one talking about his own people, he attempts something much more ambitious : to explain how, in the context of a particular geographical location and world economic conditions, the town of Summerside came to be. More than that, and without falling into cant or dogma, he writes with a constant sense of sympathy for the working poor, who are so often overlooked in the usual historical litanies of the well-to-do.
This book lives with the dynamic energy of the many characters who fused their own vitality with that of the growing town. We meet, and get to know, Daniel Green, Loyalist settler; John Small, ship carpenter; J.C.Pope, ship merchant and politician; Joseph Read, sea captain; John MacKenzie, world champion tailor; Gertrude Arbuckle, schoolteacher; Robert T. Holman, Water Street merchant; Thomas Hall, farm equipment manufacturer; John L. MacKinnon, newspaper editor; Frank Tuplin, fox rancher; Corporal Prescott Forbes, soldier in the trenches of World War I. To this list of thrusting entrepreneurs and fine craftsmen can now be added that of an outstanding community historian"- rear cover.
1. The Bedeque - Malpeque Isthmus: Micmac hunters and Acadian ploughmen; Loyalist refugees; Greens Shore; Around the Bay;
2. The Golden Shipyard: The timber trade; The Popes and the Walshes; Iron kneed and copper fastened; Ships without wood; (pp. 19-45)
3. Market Town: The first merchants; Intercolonial connections; Doing business; The merchant princes of Water Street; The mechanics;
4. Community Life: Birth of local government; Public safety, health and welfare; Religion; Temperance movement; Education; Politics and the local press;
5. The Silver Fox Era: Pioneer foxmen; Frank Tuplin; Foxes come to town; Ranching practices; War and the home front; An international industry; Oasis in depressed times; RCAF Station Summerside.
A. Chairman and mayors.
B. The main part of a December 1912 sermon on the black fox industry by Summerside's Rev. R. Osgood Morse which appeared in the Agriculturalist.
Light spine creasing and edgewear, else very good. Signed, with inscription, by Allan Rankin. 30.00