Sir Harry Oakes: An Accumulation of Notes
by Bob Cowan
Sir Harry Oakes: An Accumulation of Notes is a review of the life of Harry Oakes from his early days in his native Sangerville, Maine, through his travels around the world in search of gold and eventually to his untimely death in the Bahamas.
In 1911 Harry Oakes headed towards Kirkland Lake in the Northern Ontario mining area of Canada, where he discovered his El Dorado and from that point on, Harry Oakes would never have to look back. His new found wealth made many philanthropic donations possible, including one to St. George's Hospital in London, England, which would earn him a Baronetcy in 1939. Afterwards, plain Harry Oakes was known as Sir Harry Oakes.
Sir Harry's final move to the Bahamas in the mid-1930s allowed him to meet a number of interesting individuals: the Duke of Windsor, ex-king of England; Harold Christie (later to be Sir Harold Christie), a Bahamian real estate entrepreneur; Axel Wenner-Gren, a millionaire businessman; and Count Alfred de Marigny from the island of Mauritius, who would one day marry Sir Harry's eldest daughter Nancy.
On July 18th, 1943, Sir Harry Oakes was found brutally murdered in his palatial home in Nassau by one of his closest friends, Harold Christie. His death was called the murder of the century and has never been solved.
This fascinating life is ably researched and told by Bob Cowan, who spent time in the Bahamas, US and Canada collecting the research notes for this book while working in international banking for a Canadian chartered bank.
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ISBN: 0-88954-416-6 | Hardcover | 8.5 x 11 inches approximately | 270 pages | $39.95
Table of Contents
Harry Oakes 1874-1911
His Early Days and Search for Gold
Harry Oakes 1912-1923
Kirkland Lake and the Lake Shore Mines
Harry Oakes 1924-1934
Niagara Falls and Oak Hall
Harry Oakes 1934-1943
The Bahamas At Last
Sir Harry Oakes and Members of His Family
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Count Marie Alfred Fouquereaux de Marigny
The Murder of the Century - As It Was Called
The Magistrate's and Supreme Courts
The Prosecution and the Dynamic Miami Duo
The Defense - The Other Side of the Case
Witnesses - To Tell The Truth
Sir Harry Oakes - Some Other Note
Some Authors; Some Books and a Few Movies
Some Closing Remarks or The Last Chapter