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Saskatchewan Heroes and Rogues

by Ruth Millar

Saskatchewan Heroes and Rogues

Saskatchewan has had its share of colourful characters; here are brief portraits of 12 of them.

An intriguing, surprising and readable book featuring a dozen memorable characters - the good and the bad and the completely outrageous - from Saskatchewan's past.

The qualities that link the extraordinary people in Saskatchewan Heroes and Rogues, who represent all shades of moral character, are audacity, an unfailing belief in their own convictions, the unquenchable will to survive adversity. All to some extent defied the conventions of the day. Few of these lives are blighted by the poignancy of missed opportunities or roads not taken.

Included are:

  • Big Tom Hourie - swam the icy South Saskatchewan River in March during the Riel Rebellion 
  • Morris "Two-Gun" Cohen - saved a Chinese robbery victim and was ushered into the exotic Oriental world of Sun Yat-sen Jean
  • Ewen - a nurse who went to work in China alongside Norman Bethune
  • Norman Falkner - lost a leg in the war, but never gave up his skating dream
  • Joan Bamford Fletcher - led 2000 civilians out of a Japanese prison camp to safety in WWII 
  • Ernest Dufault - who called himself Will James, pursued life as a cattle rustler and perpetrated one of North America's biggest literary deceptions
  • Father John Claffey - joined a clandestine organization in the Vatican, sheltering fugitives from the Nazis in WWII

*Coteau Books has made Saskatchewan Heroes and Rogues available in alternate formats in cooperation with NNELS.


6" x 8.95" 216 pages
19.95 CDN; 19.95 USD
E-Book Price
Non-Fiction Tradepaper Adult
Ruth Millar

About the Author

Ruth Wright Millar is a well-known Saskatoon historian, librarian and former journalist. She worked for many years as the head of the local history room at the Saskatoon Public Library. She made numerous appearances in periodicals such as Arts West, Western People, Saskatoon History Review, and Saskatchewan History, and on radio and television programs, including "Basic Black." She has also published a number of short stories, written historical video scripts, and prepared historical photo exhibits and bibliographies.


Finalist, First Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards
Finalist, Saskatoon Book Award

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