Devil in the North Woods: A Novel Based on the Tragic 1908 Metz, Michigan, Wildfire ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Walt Shiel

Devil in the North Woods: A Novel Based on the Tragic 1908 Metz, Michigan, Wildfire

Slipdown Mountain Publications
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781934631355
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In October 1908, a wildfire swept through northeast Michigan and consumed 900 homes and two million acres of farms and forest. Despite the valiant efforts of the farmers, lumbermen, and shopkeepers, only Lake Huron could quench the flames. With no fire watch towers, spotting aircraft, telephones, or organized firefighting and only limited telegraph, warnings were too few and too late. The conflagration left 43 dead and 4,600 homeless as the relentless winter loomed. 'Devil in the North Woods' accurately depicts the fire's genesis, growth, and aftermath. The story's real-life protagonist, 10-year-old Henry Hardies, survived the fire but his mother and three younger sisters did not. Relying on Henry's personal recollections and Shiel's faithful recreation of time and place, the book vividly brings Henry's ordeal to life. 'Devil in the North Woods' contrasts the terror of nature's destruction with a chronicle of family, love, sorrow, and recovery. The story leaves the reader buoyed by faith in the resilience of the human spirit and belief in love's ability to germinate amid the ashes of ruin. The book includes a map. This eBook also includes many historical photos and other artwork and illustrations not included in the print edition.
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