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Memoir tells of adventures mining for gold in the Klondike

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Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Joseph Brown



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GARY PAYNE, LEFT, of Bridport holds the recently published book “To the Klondike and Back,” about his grandfather’s adventures during the gold rush in northwestern Canada in the 1890s. A photo from the book shows George G. Shaw with his wife Almeda and Almeda’s daughter Marion on his wedding day in 1920. Independent photo/Trent Campbell and Courtesy photo

BRIDPORT — It all started at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, where Monkton resident and author Ivor Hughes was giving a PowerPoint-driven lecture about the Klondike Gold Rush in northwestern Canada, which reached its apex at the end of the 19th century.

At the lecture Hughes was approached by Bridport resident Gary Payne, a grandson of George G. Shaw, who in the mid-1890s ventured to the West Coast from Long Lake, N.Y., where he eventually heard of the gold rush.

Payne was excited to talk about the gold rush.

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