Tuesday, June 18, 2024
News

John Egan: ahead of his time

Local historian Michael McBane launched his book on Quyon’s founder, John Egan, on July 25 at the Community Lodge in Shawville. He read excerpts from the book and answered questions from the history lovers in the audience.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE July 25, 2018
On July 25, a local historian launched his new book on the founder of Quyon, entitled, John Egan: Pine & Politics in Ottawa Valley at the Shawville Community Lodge.
Michael McBane is a Quyon native and expert on John Egan, a lumber baron and politician who lived in the Ottawa Valley during the early 1800s.
“I knew he was an important local figure, had founded Quyon and played an important role in Pontiac history,” McBane said, explaining why he chose to study Egan in particular. “There was so little written about him that I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to see what I can find and see if I can write something about him.’’’
In addition to founding Quyon and Eganville, Egan was a dominant force in the local lumber trade and was a strong voice for the Ottawa Valley in Parliament. An immigrant from Ireland, he arrived in Canada in 1830. By 1841, he was elected Warden for the District of Sydenham (Ottawa County).

FREE ACCESS FOR EQUITY SUBSCRIBERS

This article is available free to all subscribers to The Equity. If you are a subscriber, please enter your email address and password below.

SET UP YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT

If you are a subscriber but have not yet set up your online account, please contact Liz Draper at liz@theequity.ca to do so.

HOW TO BECOME A SUBSCRIBER

To become a subscriber to The Equity, please use our Subscribe page or contact liz@theequity.ca