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End of the Line, End of the Lies: A timeline of The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson, chapters 26-34

A timeline of The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson, chapters 26-34
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Transcript of End of the Line, End of the Lies: A timeline of The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson, chapters 26-34

End of the Line, End of the Lies
Brad W
30.10.13

April 14, 1919
Elizabeth Craig writes to Mr. Routledge, superintendent, about her suspicions. She wants to find out where her sister Polly is.

April 15, 1919

The Reads arrive and Conrad Read hands Jack Wilson his shotgun.


May 10, 1919
Routledge writes a letter to Superintendant Fitzpatrick Joseph Horrigan at the Vancouver detachment that opens the investigation into Polly’s disappearance.




May 16, 1919

Routledge writes to Elizabeth stating, as of what he has been told, that Polly and John are living together.





July 31, 1919

Horrigan writes to Commissioner Perry telling him that John Wilson is married to a younger lady that looks nothing like the woman in the letter from Elizabeth. It is discovered that the present Mrs. Wilson is not Polly.







July 1919

John sends Jessie on a train to Blaine Lake.

July 1919

Conrad Read finds a stolen Colt. 38 pistol from the Saskatoon office in Johns desk drawer.

August 15, 1919

Jessie returns to Vancouver from her visit to Blaine Lake.


September 23, 1919

Elizabeth writes to Horrigan for the second time. Elizabeth continues to stay determined in communicating with her sister.



September 23, 1919

Elizabeth writes to Routledge asking for any information on Polly’s disappearance.



October 4, 1919

John sells his shotgun at a pawnshop for twenty-three dollars under the name of J. Williams.



October 10, 1919

John is removed from the Vancouver RNWMP and sent to Regina, Saskatchewan.




October 21, 1919

Inspector Henry Newson notifies Commissioner Perry that John has been recalled by the Immigration Board to give evidence for the Russian trials.



October 23, 1919

John and Jessie leave for Regina after John’s testimony is given.


October 24, 1919

Horrigan and Perry fax each other about John.



October 30, 1919

Staff Sergeant Herbert Darling from the Regina Depot Division discovers John and Jessie’s marriage certificate.

November 4, 1919
Perry sends Elizabeth a telegram informing her about the mistake between Jessie and Polly. He tells her about John and Jessie’s marriage and asks for Polly and John’s marriage certificate.

November 6, 1919

Drysdale asks for information regarding Polly’s trunks.


November 4, 1919

Perry sends Inspector Newson a telegram telling him that John is to be watched closely.


November 6, 1919

Routledge dies on a train near Portland, Oregon.



November 7, 1919

John and Sergeant Thomas aboard the train to Regina.


November 7, 1919

Elizabeth thanks Perry for everything he has done to help with the Polly situation.


November 10, 1919
John is told that he has been dismissed from the service of the RNWMP.



A timeline of The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson
Chapters 26-34
The
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Response:
At the end of her book, Lois Simmie says that she was given four full boxes of documents and information. That is a lot of information to organize. She tagged pages for photocopying as she read through the boxes. I think that she probably used a timeline to organize all the details prior to writing her book because a timeline has dated events in sequence all in one place. It keeps everything together. I don’t think that there is only one most effective way of organizing events like this. Lois Simmie probably made a character chart with dated events on it as well.
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