It was Aug. 13, 1902, and upstate New York's A.B. Bouvier found himself far from civilization - in Ontario, Canada's Mine Centre district. He was there to check out some mining property. And as he recounted in two letters to a friend of his - a woman named Emma - the trip hadn't been an easy one.
The two letters are part of a small group of historic documents that I've amassed through the years. The two scrawl-covered pages tell quite a story. And the collector I got the notes from filled in some of the other details.
The first letter tells of a trip across Lake Superior - one that left everyone on the boat (except Bouvier) feeling seasick.
"Lots of the passengers were so sick they could not get up," Bouvier wrote. "I managed to get to breakfast and that was all."
The rolling and pitching Great Lakes boat trip turned out to be the easiest part of his journey north of the border. It illustrates the hard work involved with locating an opportunity... Full Story