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 Paul Langan Books


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Remembering Fisher Mills: The History of the Hamlet of Fisher Mills, Ontario - Tentative release date, June 1st 2022, ISBN 978-1-7778643-4-7. 

FEATURING: History of Fisher Mills, The mill, dam and pond, Edward Snyder & Snyder’s Potato Chips, The Hotels, Stager General Store and Blacksmith, Maple Grove School, Zion United and Wanner Mennonite Church, Historic homes still standing, Rare photos and maps and more!

Forgotten History of the Railway - Hespeler, Preston, Galt, and area. A collection of historical articles on railway related topics in and around Galt, Preston and Hespeler, Ontario. Tentative release date, November 1st, 2022, ISBN - 978-1-7778643-5-4. 

FEATURING: Heritage Evaluation of the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Hespeler Railway Stations, Cambridge Ontario, When Fisher Mills had Rails, Rail to Idylwild Park, Last Passenger Train to Hespeler, Highlights of the Royal Visit Thursday, July 2, 1959, Galt, Preston, Hespeler, 1919 Branchton and 1918 Hespeler Grand Trunk Rail Crashes, The Preston Car & Coach Company, Three Generations of Todds Served as Railway Presidents, Brief History of the Electric Railways of Galt, Preston and Hespeler and more!

Alternatives Denied - The $100,000,000 Highway 7 Fiasco (2000) - REPRINT
Released, March 28th 2022, ISBN 978-1-7778643-6-1. 
The provincial government announced recently they would move forward with the plan to build a new Highway #7 between Kitchener and Guelph. A group of concerned citizens put together a book in 2000 about the fiasco. The project was stopped for two decades. The reprint of this book is a chilling reminder of  a flawed rationale to build a new highway.

Sabotage in Hespeler - (a short story) -Released 12/04/2021

FEATURING- 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. (3000 words)

Classic Hockey Stories from the Golden Era of Pulp Magazines - 1930s-1950s -Released 12/04/2021

FEATURING- Nine stories, novelettes, rink novels with a touch of Canadiana! Bonus two comics. Unique, rare and fun from writers who were making 1cent a word to write them! 

The Authorized Winfield Brewster Hespeler History Collection -Released 11/10/2021

FEATURING - Rare photos, new photos, vintage ads, map, and the three Winfield Brewster small books from the 1950s combined into one book.

The Brewster books compiled are: Jacob Hespeler New Hope, C.W (1951), Hespeler Yarns (1953) and La rue de commerce - The Street of Business Queen Street, Hespeler Ontario (1954)

Winfield Brewster wrote these publications in the 1950s but they deal with Bergeytown, New Hope and early Hespeler,

Most of the book covers the period of approximately 1830-1915, There are also two historical sections relating to the indigenous people who lived in this area also.

Tales of Opera Waterloo County/Region 1885-2021, Released: 09/23/2021

FEATURING Berlin, Scott's, Preston Opera Houses,Twin City Operatic Society 1948 Mabel Krug - Community Activist and Opera Supporter,Preston Operatic Society,Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Opera Singers from the Area, Wilfred Laurier University Opera,Kitchener-Waterloo Opera Guild,Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest Operettas,Raffi Armenian - Centre Opera Studio,Opera Ontario - K-W Opera,Kitchener Opera,Vera Causa Opera and much much more!

Guest writers - Leslie De’Ath and Dr. Ted Rhodes

Remembering Glen Christie,Released (05/01/2021) All Net Profits go to Haven House

FEATURING Christieville to Glen Christie history, Memories from the former Glen Christie residents, Memories from the former children of Glen Christie, Numerous photos and aerial map of Glen Christie

Glen Christie was located north of Hespeler where the Highway 24 bends south of Kosseth Rd. With contributions by historian Marjorie Clark

REVIEWS- PSue - You’re always learning something from a book by Paul Langan. He has a keen interest in history.Well done

Tragedy in Galt, The May 2nd 1956 CP Rail Crash, Released (01/27/2021)

FEATURING Ronald Westworth Interview - Brakeman, William Hopkins Interview - Fireman,
Ken Shillington Memories - Brakeman, George Nutkins Interview - Engineer, The Accident and Inquest Recommendations, Len Mills Interview - Fireman at the crash scene, Eyewitness Reports from The Evening Reporter, New Photos, Here is link to great YOUTUBE video of the crash.

REVIEWS - Bob N. - The book was very well written and researched. I learned a lot about the background of the tragedy, and answered many questions I had a a young boy. It was a tragedy that has stuck in my mind for many years

Craig Y. - Excellent history of the tragic rail accident in Galt Ontario. Great read and memory of this event that I witnessed as a young boy.

Forgotten Monorails of Canada, Released (01/15/2021)

The definitive history of monorails built and proposed in Canada. Fascinating national history on monorails in Canada. Over 200 references. 132 pages, 55 images, 6"v9". b/w .

REVIEWS-  Kevin F. - It's a wonderful book, and I own it in both paperback and digital. It literally makes a great stocking stuffer! (just get a bigger stocking!)

David S. - I've got a copy and if you haven't read it, I think y'all ought to pick on up. It's well researched and a good read.

Paul Langan's Out of Print Publications - 1999-2021

Paul Langan - Out of Print Publications
Paul Langan - Out of Print Publications

1. Tragedy in Galt - The May 2nd, 1956, CPR Rail Crash – 2001, ISBN-10 : 0968586775, ISBN-13 : 978-0968586778 -

2. Hespeler's Hidden Secret: the Coombe Orphanage, 1905-1947, ISBN-10 - 0968586724 (ISBN13: 9780968586723) pub. 2000 31 pages

3. The Miracle in Preston: The Story of the Preston Springs Hotel, ISBN-10 0968586732 (ISBN13: 9780968586730) pub 2000 26 pages

4. Remembering Glen Christie 27 pages pub 2001, ISBN-10 0968586740 (ISBN13: 9780968586747)

5.Forgotten Stories of the Railway pub 2002, 26 pages, ISBN - 0-9685867-5-9

6. Railways of Cambridge 1999 Calendar, pub 1999.

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