This is a fascinating study of the changes of ownership and use of a relatively small area of land, bringing in a myriad of historical anecdotes and an interesting cast of characters. Graham’s research leans heavily on Ontario land registration records sourced from both Onland digital copies and the original copy books. The book provides vignettes about the struggles of hard working settlers, conflicts over land, political infighting and yes, even a dash of vice.
What the early reviewers are saying about The Land at the Crest of the Hill:
“Graham is an excellent researcher and his book was a pleasure to read.” Johanna Abrahamse, author of Dexter D’Everardo: A Chronology of His Life
“Congratulations and thanks for this book, which provides so much new information for past and future students of local history.” Mary Lamb, author of Pelham: The Making of a Community
“Meticulously researched and accessibly written, this history is filled with surprising new discoveries about the land that I called (and still call) my home.” Dr. Anna Lathrop, Professor and former Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President, Students, Brock University
Print copies of the book are available for $25 at local Fonthill retailers (Shoppers Drug Mart, J&J Florists, Font Coffee Bar, One of a Kind, Nature’s Corner Cafe (Ridgeville)) and at Alphabet Bookshop in Port Colborne and Someday Books in St. Catharines. A full colour eBook PDF version is available for digital download for $20 through this website.
Graham Segger, BA, FCPA is a retired accountant now living with his wife Diane in the Town of Pelham and within the historical boundaries of the Township of Pelham, Concession VII, Lot 2 and the Village of Fonthill, Block R.
While accounting and finance were his vocation, he is a life-long student of history, geography, and for the last 18 years, genealogy. The Land at the Crest of the Hill is his second book describing the historical evolution of places where he has lived. Graham has published articles in both Ontario Genealogical Society Families and the New Brunswick Genealogical Society Generations periodicals. He also writes regular articles for several history society, sailing and community publications. He has also prepared a comprehensive Research Guide for studying Pelham history.
In 2006 Graham was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now CPA Ontario) in recognition of his career achievements and leadership contributions to the community and his profession.