Sale proceeds benefit the Saddles and Service Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology Scholarship at SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Alberta.
A crewmember of a World War II bomber shot down over Nazi Germany, Winston Parker spent four long, hard years in a prisoner of war camp. However, Winston would rather be remembered for his contributions as a Southern Alberta rancher and community builder.
In the News
- Saddles and Service hailed in Okotoks Living magazine, Summer 2012.
- Saddles and Service celebrated in Link Magazine, Winter 2013
- Winston at SAIT - 2015
"Winston Parker was and is a quiet gentleman who prefers to get things done rather than talk about it. As the book moves through the years, his accomplishments will surprise you. Yet, you get the feeling that the things he did were just things that needed to be done. This is the type of book that needs to be written more often. As a source of history, it will be invaluable in years to come. It’s a shame more of our pioneers don’t take on this kind of a project"
–Mike Keetch, Editor, Senior Connector Newspaper, Kamloops, B.C.
"This is a very readable book, which spans almost a century of life and service. It is well crafted with print in a very clear type and it is also well illustrated. Of special interest to genealogists is that 93-year-old Winston Parker references well over 100 southern Albertans by name in telling his life story."
–David J. Carter, Relatively Speaking Journal, Alberta Genealogical Society, Edmonton, Alberta
"I just finished reading Winston Parker’s book. It is extremely well written and reads just as if he had been sitting beside me talking. The pictures are great as well. What talent you possess! What is even more exciting is, “You’re our girl from home!” I have mentioned this to several of my peers, who if they did not know about you before, certainly know about you now!"
–Allen King, Okotoks, Alberta
"What a delightful book! I didn’t want it to end. Winston and his family are a wonderful example of how to sacrifice time and energy for the good of your friends and neighbours, community and country."
–Valerie Walker, Author, Calgary, Alberta
“This is a captivating story, well worth the read.”
–Hugh A. Dempsey, Editor of Alberta History and Chief Curator Emeritus of the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
“Holy smokes! I’m a guy who never reads books, but I sat down and read Saddles and Service in one afternoon. Elaine Taylor Thomas has put Winston’s stories together in a way that makes them really easy to read. Those amazing old photographs were entertaining, too. For those who have an interest in Alberta history and a way of life that has disappeared, this book is a must. Years from now, I expect Saddles and Service will be used as a reference because Winston has recalled so many Albertans and so many events vividly and in such detail. I have read parts ofSaddles and Service twice. It’s that good.”
–Bill Winthrop, a descendent of Millarville, Alberta, pioneers who homesteaded there in 1904
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Saddles and Service is available in Alberta at Nature Arranged in Black Diamond, 403-933-4446, or Boot Hill Gallery in Okotoks, 403-938-8102.