A compilation of stories covering Huron County’s history
In accordance to the abundance of history to delve into, Yates found the biggest difficulty writing ‘Out of the Woods’ was choosing the stories to tell. “There were so many to choose from that couldn’t be included in this book, which hopefully will be in the next. I’m already picking the next batch of stories,” Yates says. Yates is thankful to the Huron Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society for providing funding for the book. Two other local historians, Colleen Maguire and Reg Thompson, who both helped bring the book to fruition, also assisted Yates.
“I hope ‘Out of the Woods’ appeals to anyone with an interest in Huron County history. Huron County’s history is so rich and varied that there should be something of interest to anyone,” remarks Yates.
Over the years writing for Huron County Focus and Goderich Signal Star, Yates had gathered enough material for a book.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that we don’t have a unique culture, heritage or traditions. That culture needs to be celebrated, honoured and preserved because we are a really unique cultural entity here,” adds Yates.
Yates hopes anyone reading ‘Out of the Woods’ would find that out. This is the first book in what Yates hopes to be the first of several. Upwards of 60 books were purchased at the book launch event last week and a large number of people had pre-ordered a copy. ‘Out of the Woods’ is available for $25 at Fincher’s and The Book Peddler.
Yates has tentative plans for another edition, with an abundance of rich history to draw from.