Book highlights former Lake Oswego resident's childhood
It was Margaret Proctor's dream to publish the children's book she wrote. And four years after her death, her daughter helped that dream come true.
"Everybody has a story to tell, but my mother was a really good storyteller," said Lake Oswego resident Evie Proctor, Margaret's daughter.
Margaret wrote the children's book "The Real and True Story of Petie Bow-Wow" many years ago and it was published this past June by Luminare Press in Eugene. The illustrations were done by local artist Nancy Klein.
"The book is primarily a children's story based on our mom's life up in the Canadian Rockies, set in High River," Evie said. "In about 1993 she wrote this story down and thought it was a really good story and thought she'd try to get it published. … For various reasons, she put it on the backburner and never fulfilled that dream."
Margaret was raised on a cattle ranch in Canada prior to moving to New York. She moved around the country many times as well as overseas. Later in life, she moved to Lake Oswego, where she resided for more than 30 years. Margaret died in 2017.
Evie said Margaret's dad was a rancher and took care of Round T Ranch, where the story was set.
The story centers around a lost stuffed bunny, Petie Bow-Wow, which was given to Margaret by one of her cowboy friends.
"It just set the stage for a beautiful and colorful history, but she also was just a really good storyteller," Evie said. "She considered herself a child of the prairies."
When Margaret wrote the children's book, her husband was also writing and publishing a book at the same time.
"We don't think she really wanted to take the wind from his sails because he got all psyched about doing a story," Evie said. "Even if you put some dreams on the backburner, there might be someone around who might pick that back up again.
"I just believe it was a story that was meant to be told."
Evie added that she's glad her family can have a physical copy of a children's story that involves true stories from her mother's childhood.
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