He was one of the prominent figures in Drumheller's early history and now a second book has been written about Dr. T. Robert Ross.
Author Helen Webster is the sister of local lawyer Bob Ross and the granddaughter of T. Robert Ross.
"He grew up in northern Ontario, in the wilderness of northern Ontario, as part of a family that worked for the Hudson's Bay Company, became an HBC trader himself and had, if you can imagine his life, quite a few adventures," she told 99.5 Drum FM.
Webster first penned the story of her grandfather's days in Drumheller in the book Medical Man, which was published in the spring of 2016. Her newest offering is called Trader's Son and covers the period 1883 through the end of the 19th Century as the Hudson's Bay Company transformed from a fur trader to a retail merchant.
"He himself had no desire to become a merchant in a store," Webster said of her grandfather. "His mother had always encouraged her sons, and she had ten, to go into medicine and four of them did."
Webster thinks the best part of the whole project has been the research into her family roots, which has already led her to begin a third book on her grandfather.
"As a family we always knew that our grandfather had come from northern Ontario, but I discovered he was born in Quebec," she confided. "I thought 'how did he get from Quebec to northern Ontario?' and that's the next story."
We don't know yet what that story is called, but it should be published sometime in 2018. In the meantime, Webster is coming to Drumheller to give a reading from Trader's Son and to autograph copies purchased by the public.
She'll be at the Drumheller Pubic Library on Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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