Lin Tull Cannell was born in Coeur d’Alene, attended school in Lewiston, ID and Moses Lake, WA, started college in Cheney and finished, years later, at the University of San Francisco. After working in the legal and library fields and dabbling in free-lance writing, she retired a Senior Analyst of Yolo County, California. She and her husband returned to Idaho and Lin began another career – that of author and historian. Lin devoted more than a dozen years to researching the movements of early Idaho settler William Craig, and her book, The Intermediary: William Craig Among the Nez Perces, was published in 2010. Lin is the mother of three children, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of four. Besides history, Lin and her husband (who plays guitar and sings) enjoy family, music and travel. They have visited every continent except Antarctica and often give travelogues of their experiences.
The presentation highlights the geographic area of the audience by sharing some of Craig's activities in that place, e.g., Craig and five other men rode with guns drawn into the village of the Coeur d'Alene people,...or Craig helped rescue wagon train survivors in Sounthern Idaho. The author tells of her roots in the interior northwest and her interest in the story of William Craig. She shares her book and its mission statement: "I will tell the Craig story so that the reader can identify both with the New Perces and the white settlers and beter understand both cultures".
This presentation shares some interesting "side-bars" or vignettes of people that add dimension to the story in the book The Intermediary: William Craig Amoung the Nez Perce. Through a series of photos taken over the course of her research, the author takes you from Greenbriar County, West Virginia, to the Rocky Mountain fur trade and the plateau region of the interior Northwest. You meet some of Craig's peers as well as several of his descendents. The audience learns "the rest of the story" about some of Craig's activities during development of the interior northwest.