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Book- The Foreigner
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Title: Book- The Foreigner
Identifier: 989.4.14
Donor: Mr. Wilmer Greeniaus
Item Date: 1906
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Bound brown cloth book written by Ralph Conner. The title and authors name are embossed on the cover; a picture of a man, woman and child are also embossed.

This book was donated by Wilmer Greeniaus, the great great grandson of Sebastian Greeniaus, an early settler in Mississauga. Wilmer grew up on the land originally settled by Sebastian and later generations of his family. Wilmer’s father, Norman, sold the land to the United Lands Corporation for the development of the Park Royal Subdivision that opened in 1958.

Ralph Connor (1860-1937) was the pseudonym for Charles William Gordon, cleric and author. Connor was born in Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada. His father was a minister and he followed in his footsteps when he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1890. Connor did missionary work in Western Canada before accepting a position at St. Stephen’s Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a chaplain during WWI, advocated temperance, and was an active social gospeller. As a writer, Connor was very prolific and was a world’s best seller prior to WWI. He was very patriotic and helped raise funds for WWI by doing many speaking tours and organizing fund-raisers. Many of his works deal with good versus evil and are set in Western frontier where he drew on his own missionary experiences. Three of his best known books, The Man from Glengarry and Glengarry School Days, deals with his childhood in Ontario, and The Foreigner highlights the assimilation of immigrants to Canada. His autobiography, "Postscript to Adventure," was published in 1938. His papers are located at the University of Manitoba Archives.
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