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“Land, my boy,” Mac Annable once told his grandson Andrew McCredie, “Land and livestock. It’s all I've ever known.” Ranching the Kootenay District in the Rocky Mountains in 1899, Annable operated a 5,000-acre cattle ranch and lumber company between Trail and Rossland. Having served in the Assiniboia Assembly when Saskatchewan and Alberta joined Confederation in 1905, he eventually retired to Valdes Island. McCredie, a North Vancouver-based newspaperman, has written an appreciative family biography entitled The Laugh That Shook The West! G.M. ‘Mac’ Annable, Rancher/Politician (West Vancouver: Ancan Publishing, $19.50). 0-9738895-0-0. McCredie previously wrote Capilano Golf & Country Club: The Making of a Legend.
[BCBW 2005] "Ranching" "Sports"
The Laugh That Shook The West!
Press Release (2005)
‘Mac’ Annable was a big man with a hearty laugh and a great appetite for life.
A bronco busting, land speculating, rancher politician, ‘Mac’ Annable traded livestock by the boxcar and land by the section. He crossed Canada’s western frontier by train car, buckboard and shank’s mare for forty colourful years.
He witnessed firsthand the Canadian Pacific Railways’ ambitious western thrust. He provided horses to the Northwest Mounted Police to quell the Northwest Rebellion. He served as an elected member of the Assiniboia Assembly when Saskatchewan and Alberta joined Confederation as new provinces in 1905. Ranching the Kootenay District in the Rocky Mountains in 1899, he operated a 5,000 acre cattle ranch and lumber company between Trail and Rossland, B.C. His final years were spent in Vancouver and in a simple cabin on a coastal Gulf Island. It was there, on Valdes Island, that this story unfolded in a dialogue with his grandson. The upcoming prequel in The Pioneer Trail Series traces the adventurous life of John Annble (1751-1814), Mac’s forefather who fought with the King’s Royal Regiment under Sir John Johnson during Canada’s War of Independence.
ISBN 0-9738895-0-0 •5.5” x 8.5” •118 pages •$19.50 CDN • paper • Biography
[Ancan Publishing, PO Box 91608, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3P3]