Boom City [Characters for Town Anthology]

Boom City [Characters for Town Anthology]
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Boom City [Characters for Town Anthology]

Characters for Town Anthology1

Hutchings. Herron. Fisher. Brown. the Spooners.
Mayland. Cover all the oil men.
Sheriff Graham and family.
C. P. McQueen and family.
The Dicks
McKinley Cameron. Mrs. . Cameron.
Mrs. Milliken.
Mrs. Hill. (Twice) Once as mulatress who passes as white, and also as another character adulteress.3
Mrs. Hall.
Gabriel and Mack.
Earl of Egmont and the Moodys.
Frank Perry
the McNabbs
the Powells
the Willis, Hakes and other geologists
Gordon Stewarts
Mrs. Robinson
Shop girls
Clifford Jones
Clifford Higgins
Engaged couples
Relief people
Bruce Taylors
Pete and Monty Pete’s wife.
Jenny and Sady
Mrs. Lee Redman
Mary Lougheed
the Stringers
Bailey Price and Jo
Archie Scott and wife
the Johnsons
Howard and the Major. (character bits)
“Society” dames.
Mrs. Hobson and other dames of the Musical Club.
Sheila Dawes
Woody and Jack Harstone
The Reats
Mary Sartoris
Beauty parlor girl
Mrs Kerr and family
Mrs. Hayden
the Williams
Authors Association
Spring poets etc.
the Widneys
Ranch people- - -Guy Gibson, the Gillies, and others
The Dournavos.
the Charvessys and Kunigles.
the deForas.
Capt Eaton and Sunny
Days workers
Bell and Mrs. Marshall
Elfie Sterling
D. J. Young and Helen and family
the Allans
Miss Atkins


This cast of characters for Eaton’s proposed novel BOOM CITY includes many real-life Calgary people.
The Lougheeds were leading Calgary citizens, Sir James and Lady Isabella Lougheed. In Dec 1922, Eaton inscribed a copy of CATTLE to Lady Isabella Lougheed. In 1923/24, Eaton, in her capacity as Canadian Authors Association Calgary branch president corresponded and had conversations with Sir James regarding federal copyright legislation that did not favour writers.
Mrs. Hill was the name of the real-life lover of Eaton’s husband Frank Reeve.
Likely Elizabeth Bailey Price and her husband Joe.


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People Mentioned

Shaun Hunter

Shaun Hunter is the author of Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, 2018) and consultant for an exhibition of the same name, featuring Winnifred Eaton, at the Lougheed House in Calgary. She is a collaborator on The Winnifred Eaton Archive

Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is the Technical Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive and a Developer at Simon Fraser University’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL). He is a graduate of the M.A. program in English at the University of British Columbia where he specialized in Indigenous and diasporic literature, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities.

Organizations Mentioned

Winnifred Eaton Reeve Fonds

Collection of Winnifred Eaton’s papers and unpublished manuscripts, which were transferred to the University of Calgary in 1982. The finding aid for this material is located here:
Written by Joey Takeda


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