By Jack Blackwell
After his father died, seventeen-year-old Jack Blackwell joined his grandfather, Alec Boostrom on his trapline in northern Minnesota’s canoe country wilderness. Boostrom told his grandson stories about the past. Arriving on the steamship America at the Lake Superior village of Hovland in 1914, 14-year-old Boostrom embarked upon a life of wilderness adventure. From setting boundary markers along the Canadian border to outlaw beaver trapping, he found ways to make a living from the land. With a keen memory supported by years of historical research, Blackwell tells his grandfather’s story and illuminates a way of life in a remote northern wilderness.