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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Paul Bunyan

Regardless of where the legend originated, my research suggests it's,
absolutely safe to call the giant mythical man named Paul Bunyan a
larger than life Franco-American.

Fournier. Joe was a lumberjack working in the lumber camps near the Canadian border in the later 1800s. Laurence actually does paint the life timber fellers would have been living in the area. Honestly, I didn’t know a lot about how lumberjacks lived before reading this book. It was a rough life and they were rough people.

Paul Bunyan tales and the exploits of French-Canadian lumberjack Fabian Fournier (1845 – 1875). From 1865 to 1875, Fournier worked for the H. M. Loud Company in the Grayling, Michigan, area.[5] Another unverified claim, that Paul Bunyan was a soldier in the Papineau Rebellion named Paul Bon Jean, is first presented in writer James Stevens's 1925 book, Paul Bunyan,[16] and occasionally repeated in other accounts. Stewart and Watt, while acknowledging that they have not yet succeeded in definitively finding out whether Bunyan actually lived or was wholly mythical, noted that some of the older lumberjacks they interviewed claimed to have known him or members of his crew, and in northern Minnesota, the supposed location of his grave was actually pointed out.[4] In this regard, it should be noted that Bunyan's extreme gigantism was a later invention, and that early stories either do not mention it or, as in the Stewart and Watt paper, refer to him as being about seven feet tall. To the right is a comparison chart between early Paul Bunyan references, the Stewart and Watt paper, and the Laughead advertisement.

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