Cyril Shelford was known as 'Maverick of the North'. Born near Francois Lake, B.C. in 1921, the ex-Socred MLA and Agriculture Cabinet Minister grew up on a remote homestead and never attended school. As an angry war veteran he was personally invited to run for Social Credit by W.A.C. Bennett. A rancher, he arrived at his first nomination convention with manure on his shoes. Shelford recalled his colourful life in From Snowshoes to Politics (Orca $24.95) and he co-wrote We Pioneered with his brother. Using letters written by his father, Shelford recalled pioneer days in northern B.C. in From War to Wilderness (Heritage 1998). His final book was Think Wood! The Forest Is An Open Book: All We Have To Do Is Read It (Orca Books, 1993).

[BCBW 2003] "Politics" "Forestry"