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What is more uniquely Canadian than a man who had trained a team of hogs? Believe it or not, Howard Hurley and his team Rusty & Red became recognized worldwide. Their fame rippled around the globe via the media of movies, photos, television, publications and song.
Clare McCarthy, author of, THE HURLEYVILLE TAXI Two Thousand Pounds Of Bacon And Bone was born in 1939 in the Northern Ontario mining hamlet of Gold Centre, not far from Timmins. Clare spent thirty-four years as a high school mathematics teacher in Ontario. After completing the writing of his Uncle Howard’s memoir, Clare retired from teaching in 1995. Clare continues his writing by submitting to a hometown newspaper, the Orangeville Banner, a monthly column, ‘Meandering Through Life’. The Banner has published seventy-four such columns along with, in excess of nine hundred self inked weekly editorial cartoons.
Clare’s writings focus on unique colourful characters who have crossed his path. He chooses to record observations of life with a touch of humour as he dissects happenings from the good old days with the theme, ‘the times they are a changin’. Clare has also contributed articles and photographs to Sideroads of Dufferin, a coloured magazine published quarterly by the Banner. His Sideroads subjects have included such diverse topics as, 150 Years of Orangeville History, Birds of Prey which patrol Toronto International Airport and most recently, The confessions of a Political Cartoonist.
When Clare is not engrossed in writing and creating editorial cartoons, he participates in the Dufferin Circle of Storytellers whose members relate stories at a variety of venues in the Orangeville area. Clare’s philosophy of life emphasizes ‘curiosity’ as he tackles observations of the world’s quirkiness which he attempts to interpret with a unique brand of humour through writings, illustrations and the spoken word.
The HURLEYVILLE TAXI
Historical, stories, history, 100 pg (all ages) $9.33
William Clare McCarthy, the youngest of seven children was born on April 19,1939 in the Northern Ontario hamlet of Gold Centre. Clare received his public schooling in Schumacher and Dunnville, both in Ontario, and graduated in 1961 with an honours degree in mathematics from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Clare has travelled extensively; the Amazon, Kenya, Iceland, Patagonia, the Seychelles, the Canadian Arctic, England, Wales and Ireland.
Following thirty-four years, as a successful teacher of high school mathematics and Math. Department head, with a smattering of art classes, Clare retired in 1995 to pursue his interest in life drawing and other forms of art.
He has dabbled in pencil and pen and ink drawing, egg tempera painting, acrylics, water colours, woodcarving and photography. While exploring the artistic world, Clare identifies himself as MAC, and is presently exercising his twisted sense of humour as a free lance cartoonist creating one editorial cartoon per week for his hometown newspaper, the Orangeville Banner. Each month for the same newspaper, Clare also contributes one column entitled Meandering, with a focus on human interest subjects, tongue-in-cheek humour, and at times thought provoking topics. In addition to providing pen and ink illustrations for The Hurleyville Taxi, Two Thousand Pounds Of Bacon And Bone, Clare is a member of The Headwaters Writer’s Guild, a member of the Dufferin Circle of Storytellers, and also attempts to remain physically fit while enjoying writing which has a bent towards the lighter side of life.
An understanding wife, Dorothy, has spent almost half a century attempting to cure him of a habit of procrastinating, while daughter Margaret Anne continues to remind him of how little he actually knows about life.
In spite of an eventful life, Clare has compiled a family history of his ancestors and of the man, Howard Hurley and the two hogs, Rusty and Red that pulled the world famous Hurleyville Taxi, thus this compelling book.
A good belly laugh to go along with history.
I have lived in the area and remember the big pigs, and now relieved that there is a book out that chronicles the interesting history of a man and the area.