Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Horatio Barber and his Cobalt Co-Stars Browne and Moore

Life is ticking along, more or less normally for this introvert. Who is doing what she normally does in remote Northern Ontario where time is spent at a social distance from just about everyone. It’s status quo. Except for the Sword of Damocles pointed at each and every one of us around the globe. So, with a healthy dose of denial, I hereby present to you, today’s blog post from my other site, Horatio Claude Barber.

Horatio Claude Barber

While researching Horatio Claude Barber, we uncovered several interesting stories related to his associates. This is the first in a series that features the people who played a supporting role in his Canadian career as a stockbroker in Cobalt and Larder Lake.

Cobalt Co-Stars Browne and Moore

Barber’s company, the Cobalt Open Call Mining Exchange opened in April, 1906. He was a director along with R.H.C. Browne; C. H. Moore of Cobalt and J.H.  Hunter of Cincinnati were charter members of the exchange.

Magistrate and publisher R H C Browne on the left with Imperial Bank manager F H Marsh, ca 1907

We don’t know too much about Robert H.C. Browne. He was the first editor and owner of the Cobalt Nugget as well as a life insurance agent. Perhaps most significantly, considering the “shady” nature of Barber’s projects, Browne was the police magistrate. He was also a mining.[1] man…

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Horatio Barber is back in Headline News!

It’s happening! Airy Somethings, the Extraordinary Life of the Aviation Pioneer Horatio Barber is officially launched!

Horatio Claude Barber

“Ask Mr. Barber – He Knows.” From the back cover of Airy Somethings, originally published in Barber’s promotional pamphlet The Gold Fields of Larder Lake.

Horatio Barber was an excellent self-promoter. Due to the nature of the man and the nature of his businesses, his name was often in the news. While he worked as a stockbroker in Canada, he submitted media releases and large, wordy advertisements to the newspapers around the world.

Later, while involved in aviation in the UK, he was the subject of numerous articles in the aviation magazines of the day. Barber is also the author of several “how to” books related to flight.

Today, Barber’s name is back in the news! We are excited to announce that Airy Somethings, the Extraordinary Life of Aviation Pioneer Horatio Barber is now available online!

Below is a sample of some of the headlines that Mr. Barber…

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Maggie’s 500th Blog Follower

Did this brighten my day or what!? 😀 Drop on over to meet Christine Elizabeth Robinson, C.E. for short and for longer (500 words longer to be precise), my 500th follower!

Before Sundown

I’m meeting a lot of great writers and experienced blogger by participating in the WordPress Blogging 201 course. When Ellen Hawley’s site catches my eye, “Notes from the UK,” I head over to read some of her posts. She writes books, and I read more. I love her humorous writing. It sparks me to add humor to my blog posts and books. I find a review by Maggie Wilson on Ellen’s latest book, The Divorce Diet.  So, I head over to Maggie’s site and right at the start I laugh at the title, “The Zombies Ate My Brains.” Now, I’m following Maggie’s blog post for almost the same reason as Ellen’s, but with an added,

ZOMBIE BLOG 8

I love Zombies too.

I write a comment to Maggie on her book review and get a response, “Well, hello and thank you kindly for stopping by. OK, stand back folks! Let the marching…

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