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Great-grandchildren to a lumber baron

Before coming to Fort Frances last Friday, all Carol Pirie of North Carolina knew about her great-grandfather, Edward Wellington Backus, was that she had “missed out.”

“My sister had told me he was a lumber baron,” Pirie said, adding her sibling then would go on and tell her about the fortune Backus amassed and Pirie didn’t have.

Gone but not forgotten

When Pvt. Ray Martin of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 stood in front of the cenotaph on Remembrance Day last year and, despite failing health, proudly saluted the war dead on behalf of the Korean Veterans’ Association, the emotion on his face was enough to make me cry.