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Paul Langan's out of print publications from 1999-2021

It definitely seems like a lifetime ago when I first started publishing local historical material. I had only been in the community of Hespeler for  about 5 years when I started releasing booklets and a calendar in 1999. In 2021, I have re-released and expanded two of those publications, Tragedy in Galt and Remembering Glenchristie . The following publications have been out of print for 22 years. 1.Hespeler's Hidden Secret: the Coombe Orphanage, 1905-1947, ISBN-10 - 0968586724 (ISBN13:9780968586723) published in 2000. 31 pages 2. The Miracle in Preston: The Story of the Preston Springs Hotel, ISBN-10 0968586732 (ISBN13: 9780968586730) published in 2000. 26 pages 3.Forgotten Stories of the Railway, ISBN - 0-9685867-5-9, published in 2002. 26 pages 4. Railways of Cambridge 1999 Calendar, published in 1999.
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Dolores Carroll - Windsor's forgotten superstar vocalist

Who Was Dolores Carroll? Imagine you were a leading female vocalist in the 1950s from Windsor and you record a single with the legendary Four Tops providing backing vocals and the legendary Maurice King and his Wolverines band also on it. Say hello to Dolores Carroll. Sadly many Windsor music fans don't even know she existed. From the mid 1950s til around 1961 Dolores was a fixture in Windsor entertainment rooms, headlining the Kilarney, Thomas Inn and Elbow Rooms. In 1955, she signed with a new label out of New York City, Chateau Records, and recorded the single - “I Just Can't Keep the Tears from Tumblin Down/Everyday Knows. It featured a very young Four Tops and the more established Detroit group Maurice King and his Wolverines. I could not find the rockin “ I Just Can't Keep the Tears from Tumblin Down ” side on the internet to listen to by Dolores but thankfully you can listen to Everybody Knows on youtube. Here is the link. https://youtu.be/KS2GtBXOrLw

Paul Langan's "Sabotage in Hespeler" Short Story Released as an Audiobook

  Sabotage in Hespeler Audiobook Short Story by Paul Langan WWI was raging and our Canadian boys were fighting and dying overseas. On February 3rd, 1916, our Parliament building in Ottawa burned to the ground under suspicious circumstances. On February 6th, 1916, the A.B. Jardine Munitions Factory in Hespeler, Ontario was destroyed by fire. Was the fire set by German spies? Paul Langan weaves a creative non-fiction short story based on the facts uncovered that fateful day in Hespeler. For the first time available in an AUDIOBOOK format for just $2.33 from Google. Click on this LINK to order. 

Hespeler's Oldest Home is for Sale - 168 Bechtel Street

168 Bechtel - Samuel Bechtel Homestead - 1816   It is no secret that the City of Cambridge had done little to designate or protect buildings in Hespeler. The removal of a complete historical block at 2-10 Queen Street clearly demonstrates how easy it is to wipe out a century of history. Now the oldest home in Hespeler with strong connections to the original Mennonite community is for sale. The Samuel Bechtel  home on 168 Bechtel Street is listed for sale. It was one of the first pioneering families that came from Pennsylvania to this area. He later donated land to build the first community meeting place, school and burial ground. The house was originally built in 1815 and is arguably the most historically significant home in Hespeler. My friend, the late George Bechtel, always lamented the fact his family home did not have heritage designation. The home is for sale for $2,649,000. Knowing all the development that is happening nearby it would not be a surprise if a developer bought the

The History of Fisher Mills and Beaverdale Book Video Released

Paul Langan will be releasing on June 1st, 2022 his latest local history book titled, "The History of Fisher Mills and Beaverdale, Ontario". He has put together a promotional video for the book. You can view it below. Feel free to visit his Youtube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/PaulLangan  

Saving Hespeler from Extinction - A Citizens' Guide to Protect our Built Heritage

  Paul Langan will be releasing, on September 1st, 2022, a free download pamphlet "Saving Hespeler from Extinction - A Citizens' Guide to Protect our Built Heritage" . It can be used by the public in any communities concerned about losing their built heritage. Preservation of our heritage buildings is needed more than ever in Ontario. Recent demolition of historically significant buildings in Hespeler highlight the need for action to be taken to protect the remaining buildings. This pamphlet will give the public a guide that they can use to fight back against the future destruction of our built heritage.

Alternatives Denied - The $100,000,000 Highway 7 Fiasco Book Re-released Today

For immediate release…..Cambridge, ON...March 28th, 2022…. Alternatives Denied was a book released in 2000 that was a compilation of critiques from concerned citizens on the Highway 7 Kitchener-Guelph Ontario proposal. The 90 page book features articles by George Bechtel, Ben Bennett, Douglas Graham, Judith Greenwood-Speers, Julie Harwood, Paul Langan, Dave Locky, Jennifer Niece, Michael Parkinson, Steve Vogel, and Liz Wharton. Paul Langan, states, "22 years later it is good to reflect back on this publication printed in 2000 and see why this new highway was such a bad idea. As a historical document it is a strong testimonial to a flawed process." The book is available starting today at Wordsworth Books , Waterloo, Ontario. It will also be available on Amazon, Rakuten/Kobo and Google Play worldwide. All net profits from the sale of this publication will go to Haven House, a home in Cambridge for females and kids fleeing abusive situations. For more information go to: http:/