The love of
history in our family is clearly longstanding. John Milne
understood the value of his contribution to the building of our
nation. His stories are interesting, informative and are filled
with humanity. Reading the autobiography gives us a very real
representation of what life was like in his time when our
country was young and virtually anything was possible.
There is much
that we can take pride in when reviewing John Milneís
contribution, but perhaps the lesson we can learn from this
manís life is that we all have the ability to contribute to the
building of Canada. John Milneís energy and accomplishments have
become part of the very fabric of Canada.
energy and spirit also became a part of his granddaughter,
Barbara Katherine Wilhelmina Helen Luete Winterton, the child he
essentially raised. Through reading about John Milne, we can
understand where she got her entrepreneurial spirit and how she
must have found compatibility with our grandfather, William
Edward Winterton, another entrepreneur. Their children, William
(Bill) Milne Winterton (father of Bill, Brock, Barbara, Susan
and Sharon) and Douglas Karl Winterton (father of Tracy) have
their own stories to tell and we, their children, will be a part
of those stories.
I believe John
Milneís story is one we should all be familiar with because it
is a story about where we come from. It grounds us in the
history of this country. I thought it important for us to retain
the original character of the autobiography and so have had it
published as it was typed, corrected and added to by his own
It is an
unabridged copy of his original.
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