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All of them are featured in this great book:

Adirondack CharactersAdirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns
~ William J. O'Hern ~

Venture into the wilderness with French Louie and Alvah Dunning and learn about lesser known characters such as Old Lobb, the Piseco Lake Hermit and inventor of his own trout lure.Travel Cold River region traplines with E. J. Dailey and Dick Wood. Follow the wilderness traplines of Burt Conklin, "The Greatest Trapper" at the turn of the century. Meet old time guides, spruce gum pickers, timber men, and other characters from a time which will never return.

The book contains outstanding stories and articles -- some from publications over 100 years old -- about early life in the Adirondacks. Guides, hermits, trappers, and loggers. Learn about their tools, woodcraft, families, adventures and traditions. A treasure trove of Adirondack folklore illustrated with over 80 never before published period photographs. (Left: Burt Conklin) 

The book is organized into three parts:

Part I - Adirondack Characters

  • Great Adirondack Guides
  • Old Men of the Mountains (pictured right is Old Lobb, the hermit of Piseco Lake)
  • The Conklins of Wilmurt, a Pioneering North Woods Family

Part II - Adirondack Traditions

  • Frontier Occupations and Recreation
  • Sportsmen's Camps and Backwoods Destinations
  • The Rural One-Room School
  • A World of Beauty,  a Land of Recreation

Part III - Campfire Yarns

  • The Tales and Recollections of William J. O'Hern
    An introduction and six "campfire yarns." Tall tales inspired from the journals and anecdotes of the late Rev. A. L. Byron-Curtiss, a long-time resident of North Lake.

The book ends with profiles of the major contributors to the book: Lloyd Blankman, Mortimer Norton, Harvey L. Dunham, Rev. A. L. Byron-Curtiss and Thomas C. O'Donnell.

A bibliography and index are also included.

This is a beautiful book, a great read and a collectible gift.

Paperback $19.95 - Order now

EJ DaileySlimRed Conklin
A few more pictures from the book, left to right: Trapper E.J. Dailey, Adirondack Guide Slim Murdock and Guide and Moonshiner Red Conklin.

For geneology buffs, here are some of the towns and family names listed in the books index. Is your family in there?

Adirondack French Louie (Dunham), Adirondack Guides’ Association, Adirondack League Club, Albany, Allen, Mart, Ampersand Lake, Anderson, Donald “Jack,” Atwell, Atwell Fish and Game Club, Baby Lake, Barber, Amaziah D. “Dut, Barneveld, Bear Pond, Bear stories, Becraft, Giles, Beetle, David, Bellinger, Dell, Bennett, Edward, Bennett, Michael, Bennett, Si, Big Moose, Big Moose Lake, Big Rock Lake, Big West, see West Lake Binks, Edward, Birth of a River (O’Donnell), Black bear(s), Black Creek Lake, Black River, Blankman, Edgar, Blankman, Edward, Blankman, Lloyd, Bockes, W. A., Boonville, Brantingham Lake, Brook Trout Lake, Brown’s Tract, Brown’s Tract Inlet, Buffalo Head (train station), Buntline, Ned, pseud. of Edward Z. C. Judson, , Byron-Curtiss, Rev. Arthur Leslie, Camp Pine Knot, Canachagala Lake, Canton, N.Y., Carnahan, Sol, Castorland, Cedar Lakes Region, Chase, Caleb, Civil War, Cleveland, Grover, Clinton, N.Y., Cobblestone Creek, Cold River, Colvin, Verplanck, Conklin, Burton “Burt,” , Conklin, Elijah, Conklin, Harriet,Conklin, Henry, Conklin, Jack, Conklin, Lillian, Conklin, Lyman, , Conklin, Milo D., Conklin, Roscoe, Conklin, Ruth, Conklin, Roy, Conkling Brook, Cool, Byron E., Cooper, Cirrus, Cooper, Alice, Constable Hall, Courier, Clinton, N.Y., The, Courtney, Nora, Courtney, William, Cranberry Island, Crozier, Billy “Moley,” Crowley, Tim, Crystal Creek, Dailey, E. J., Dalton, Jim “Brockie,” Deer, Deer hounds, see Hounding DeSormo, Maitland, Dexter, Orrando (AKA Orlando), Donaldson, Alfred L., n Doty, Philip, Duck Hole, Dudley House, Dunakin, Sam, Dunham, Harvey, Dunning, Alvah, Durant, William West, Eagle Lake, Eighth Lake, Enos, N.Y., Enos, “Uncle,” Fagan, Louis, Falls Pond, Farrtown, Ferris, John, Finch-Conklin feud, Fire tower, Fish House, Fishing, Flansburg, Elizabeth, Forestport, “Forever Wild,” Fort Schuyler Club, Fort Noble Mountain, Fort Orange Club, Foster, Nat, Franklin County, French Louie, see Seymour, Louis “French Louie” Fulton Chain (of Lakes), Fulton County, Fur-Fish-Game (magazine), Fur News and Outdoor World (magazine), Genesee River, Gerster, Arpad G. Dr., Glass, Joseph, J. Jr., Glass, Edgar P., Glens Falls, Gloversville, Goldthwaite, Kenneth, Goodbye Mountain Man (Anderson), Goose Neck Lake, Grindstone Creek, Green timber camp, Guides,  See also Dunning, Alvah; Becraft, Giles; Dalton, Jim; Dunakin, Sam; Murdock, Slim; Shepard, Nat;  Wendover, George Gulf Stream, Gum picking,  See also Spruce Gum Hamilton County, Haskell Inn, Haskell, Trume, Herkimer, Herkimer County, Hermit, High Falls, Hinckley, Hinckley Reservoir, Hochschild, Harold K., Hodges, Frederick, Hoffmeister,  Hotel,  School, Honnedaga Lake,  See also Jocks Lake Horn Lake, Hounding, Hubbard, Mary, Hunting, camps, Huntington, Collis P., Ice Cave Mountain, Indian Lake, Indian Lake, N.Y., Indian River, Inlet, N.Y., Irondequoit Mountain, Irondequoit Stream, Iroquois, Jamieson, Paul, Jocks Lake,  See also Honnedaga Lake Johnson, Sir William, n, Johnson’s Pulp Corporation, Johnson, Mother, Jones Lake, Jones, Will, Kenwell, Gerald, Kenwell, Isaac, Lawrence, Jim “Pants,” Lawrence, Marinus, Leaf, Johnny, Lewis County, Lewis, Will, Liars Club, Little Black Creek, Little Deer Lake, Little Falls, Little Salmon Lake, Lobb, Floyd Ferris, Loggers, Logging,  camps,  sled, Lone Pine Camp, Long Lake, Lowville, Lumber, camps, ,  companies, Lumberjacks, Mad River, Maple syrup (making), Mather, Fred, Mayhew, Mort, McCullen, Johnny, McMartin, Barbara, Metcalf Lake, Metcalf Stream (Brook), Milks, Ray, Mill Creek, Mitchell Flow, Mohawk (tribe), Mohawk River, Mohawk, Valley, Moonshine, Moose, Moose River, Morehouseville, Morgan, Pierpont, Morrison Inn, Mount Tom, Mud Lake, Murray, Rev. William H. H., Nat Foster Lodge, Newcomb, Newhouse traps, Newton Corners,  See also Speculator New York State, New York City, New York Sun (newspaper), Nobleboro, Norris, Isaac T., North Country Life (magazine), North Creek, N.Y., North Lake, Northrup Lake, Northrup, M.S., Northville, Northville-Lake Placid Trail, North Wilmurt, Northwood, Norton, Mortimer, Norwich, Number Four, N.Y., O’Connor, Charley, O’Donnell, Fred, O’Donnell, Thomas C., Ohio, N.Y., Old Forge, N.Y., One-room schoolhouse(s), Osgood River, Otter Brook, Page, Dan, Palmerton, Dave, Paper companies, Panther, Panther Mountain, Panther Mountain Stream, Pardee, Ben, Pardee, George, Pardee, John, , Pardee, William, Paul Smiths Hotel, Perry, Gig, Pezeeko (Indian of legend), Pillsbury Lake, Piseco, Piseco Lake, Piseco Lake House, Phelps, Maynard, Photographers,  See also Reising, Grotus; Hodges, Frederick Plattsburgh, Poland, N.Y., Pony Bob, Post Star, The, (newspaper), Potter, Bill, Prospect, Radford, Harry, Rainbow Lake, Ralph, Fred, Raquette Falls, Raquette Lake, Raquette River, Recollections of a N.Y. Surgeon (Gerster), Reising, Coonrdt, Reising, Grotus, , Roblee, Allie, Robertson, Edward, Rochester Camp, Rochester, N.Y., Rome, N.Y., Rondeau, Noah John, Rustic Inn, The, Sable Mountains, Saint Nicholas Hotel, Salmon, Samson Pond (Lake),Santa Clara Lumber Company, Sawmills, Schools, Scott, Philo, Seabury Stillwater, Seavey, Charles J., Seventh Lake, Seymour, Louis “French Louie,” Shanties see camps Shepard, Henry P., Shepard, Nat, Sheppard, E. L. “Jack,”,Shingle-making, Shirttail Creek, Smith, Richard “Red,” Snyder Lake, South Lake, Spears, Eldridge, Spears, John, Spears, Randolph, Spears, Raymond, Speculator,  See also Newton Corners Spruce gum,  picking, see also gum picking Spruce Lake, Spruce Mountain, Sturges, Burr, Syracuse, N.Y., Tamarack Marsh, Tank, Roy, Township (Roblee), Trapline,  camps, Traplines and Trails (Dailey), Trappers, Trapping, Tremaine, Alice, Tremaine, Will, Trenton Falls, Trolling spoon, Trout, Tug Hill, Turner, Cliff, Twin Lake reservoir, Twin Lakes, Twitchell Lake, Utica, Utley, Sam, Volstead Act, Watkins, Ira, Wendover, George, West Canada Creek, West Canada Mountain, West Canada Lakes, West (Canada) Lake, West Leyden Hotel, Wheelertown, White Lead Lake, Williams, Clarence, Wilmurt,  See also North Wilmurt, Wilmurt Corners, Wilmurt Falls, Wilmurt Lake, Wilmurt Lake Club, Wolf Creek, Wolf Hollow, Wolf Mountain, Wolves, Woodhull, Wood, Richard “Dick”, Woodruff, Lieut.-Gov., Wright, Ben, Wright, Jock, Wright, John A., Wright’s Hotel.

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