Latch String Out

Alpine Books


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Written over a 30-year period, Eleanor G. Luxton’s Latch String Out dramatically describes the pioneer life of Annie McKenzie McDougall, wife of western fur trader and rancher, David McDougall. Annie saw some of the last buffalo hunting in the West, witnessed the signing of Treaty No. 7, and lived through the dramatic changes and growth of communities at Morley, Banff and Calgary. The term “Latch String Out” held great meaning to any pioneer woman. If a cabin door’s interior latch had a string on the outside, anyone could open it. Any stranger was welcome. Anyone would be fed.