Orland French and Wallbridge House Publishing
Wallbridge House Publishing is operated by Orland French, a former journalist and columnist with The Globe and Mail. He was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013 and the Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award in 2014. Many of the books listed on this site have been authored and produced by Orland French and his wife Sylvia under the name of Wallbridge House Publishing. Mr. French has also been a journalism professor, and has been involved in preserving history through the Hastings County Historical Society, the Old Hay Bay Church board of trustees, and the Ontario Historical Society.
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From Farm Field to a French Grave
A hundred years ago, my Uncle Oscar French was torn with a difficult decision. He was attending high school in Midland, Ontario but his buddies were going off to fight the Kaiser in Europe. The war won his attention. In the spring of 1915, he enlisted for service in the Canadian Army. Two years later he died at Vimy Ridge.
The previous year, on July 28, 1914, Oscar, then 16, was quietly doing his chores on the family farm near Waverley. That day Austria declared war on Serbia and began bombing the capital Belgrade the next day. The bombing set in motion a chain of events that would engulf the world in war and lead to Oscar's death. Oscar probably knew almost nothing of Serbia and Austria but he would be drawn to the battlefields of Europe and a grim death at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. Uncle Oscar wrote a series of letters to his mother, my grandmother, which are chronicled in the forthcoming book Letters to Vimy. To read more, CLICK HERE.
NEW FEATURE! Latest Letter from Oscar. Click HERE
The Fantastic Life of an Ace Feature Writer
Meet Ron Truman and learn more about his upcoming book HERE
Maurice Rollins, a Belleville builder and entrepreneur, achieved success despite being challenged all his life by depression. A new documentary by writer/director Orland French and film-maker Gerry Fraiberg will adapt this story from the book The Remarkable Journey of Maurice Rollins. Click HERE for details.
In the Works
The Frontenacs: the geological past and the potential future of Frontenac County
Learn more about this project HERE
At the Call of King and CountryPeople of Hastings County in the Great War 1914-1918
The battlefield scenes of the First World War were landscapes of mayhem and carnage. "The air is so full of shot and shell I don't think a fly could come across without getting hit," one soldier wrote to his wife. He did not return from the war.
Author Bill Kennedy, a director of the Hastings County Historical Society, has compiled a series of stories of men and women of Hastings County who served overseas in the Great War, also known as The First World War. Some of them returned to Hastings, many were killed during the conflict. The book was produced by the Hastings County Historical Society to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the war in 1914. Paperback, $20.
Andy Klischenko died on Jan. 2, 2015. A tribute from author Lorraine Fell can be found HERE
The Nature of Prince Edward County (CLICK HERE)
This book chock full of stunning colour photos brings you the history of Prince Edward County as seen through the lens of geology. What made the Sandbanks? What made the terroir that creates tasty wines? What created conditions for growing great barley and apples and cherries? Why do so many people visit the County for a holiday...or to find a permanent residence? Find out HERE.
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History comes alivewith Wallbridge House Publishing
Our company produces history books that people will read for enjoyment and entertainment as much as for information. Text and photos are presented in a lively fashion, drawing readers into the book. Dry history comes alive through the extensive use of "people" pictures and personal anecdotes. History becomes irresistible.
We help others create history books, whether they are a corporation commemorating an anniversary or a community celebrating its history. CONTACT US to see how we can help you prepare your history book and preserve your history in the permanence of a printed book.
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