Mayors and reeves, renowned strongmen and multi-million-dollar lottery winners are among the cast of colourful characters in a newly published book celebrating the centennial of the Town of Kirkland Lake.
Authored by Bill Glover, Gold for a Mad Miner is an anthology of 18 stories celebrating the town’s history, quirks and legends, printed in time to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the town’s founding in 1919. Glover, who was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, said he’s always been interested in storytelling, and this marks the fifth book he’s written.
Though he’s retired now, he spent close to six decades in the mining industry, first working in Sudbury at Frood and Stobie mines, before establishing his own consultancy firm, which took him to Asia, Europe, South America, the U.S. and beyond.
“I always found the humour in life, and I always tried to find a story some place, whether interesting or funny,” said the 72-year-old author. As Kirkland Lake’s centennial approached, he viewed it as the perfect opportunity to gather together the community’s best-known and most-loved stories into one volume.
The book’s first chapter, of which Glover is most proud, tells the biographies of all 25 of the town’s mayors and reeves, which required a deep dive into the archives at the local library.