Tales of Spirit
Days in the Lake
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Tales of Spirit Mountain: Early Days in the Lake
By Anne Crooks
170 pages with maps and period graphics.
Anne Crooks can be reached at:
Tales of Spirit Mountain is a collection of stories depicting the lives of Ojibwe
Indians and early pioneers in the Lake Superior region around the ports of present-day
Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota. Taken from diaries, local histories and
pioneer newspapers, these stories are written in narrative non-fiction style by
author Anne Crooks to bring to the reader's imagination moments from the past not
covered in a textbook. The drama unfolds through stories of an Indian couple and
their ill-fated love; the diary of a missionary wife; a fur trader's frustrating
attempts to provide for a family whose numbers keep increasing; food shortages during
a fierce winter; the settlers who fled the hardships and those hardy pioneers who
stayed to build communities.
"I've always been intrigued by Duluth history; who settled the region and why,"
says author Anne Crooks of the city where she lived for over 30 years. Her article
on early Duluth townsites was selected for publication in the Duluth history book,
"Sketches of the Past." She was writer and editor for Duluth Budgeteer and Skyworld
Duluth News newspapers, and Lake Superior Magazine where one of her articles won
first place, historical category, in a Minnesota Press Women contest. Her extensive
editorial and writing career also includes a 50-year history of the Minnesota Safety
Council, articles in Minnesota Monthly and Midwest Living, as well as correspondent
for regional newspapers and magazines in Minnesota.