When he wasn’t doctoring, Al Holley was a Justice of the Peace, a cowboy, a dog musher and a stagecoach driver.
Admired by the likes of Chilcotin author Paul St. Pierre, Al Holley established one of BC’s first Intensive Care Units at Quesnel and survived innumerable mishaps on his rural beat.
After serving the region for 30 years, Holley retired and caught the acting bug. He was a fixture at historic Barkerville where he played a teamster named Snodgrass and the town’s doctor. A noted storyteller, Al Holley wrote this autobiography after suffering a stroke in 1997. Don’t Shoot from the Saddle (Heritage $16.95) traces the life of this Cariboo doctor and frontier surgeon who seemed happiest in the saddle riding along the Blackwater River. He died in October, 2000. 1-894384-08-3
[BCBW SPRING 2001]
Don’t Shoot from the Saddle (Heritage House)
Al Holley’s medical memoir Don’t Shoot from the Saddle has been a big hit in the Cariboo.
[BCBW SUMMER 2001]