Sketch (1871) by Rev. Frederick B. Allen. Image courtesy of the Adirondack Museum.
by Roy Crego
Photographs of early Adirondack guides are rare, and when found, they often show elderly gentlemen, not the young, active men who are described in contemporary journals and newspaper articles.
Thankfully, some artists were among the early visitors to the Adirondacks. In 1871, the Rev. Frederick B. Allen sketched a likeness of guide Abner Daniels.
Abner P. Daniels was born October 1, 1824 in West Turin, Lewis County, NY, to William and Clarissa Daniels. His middle name is not known, but the initial “P.” was used regularly throughout his life. Continue reading
by Roy Crego
Fishing has always been one of the major attractions of the Adirondacks, and to ensure visitors had an ample supply of fish, New York State and private groups began building fish hatcheries in the late 19th century.
After Lunch at the Hatchery, Adirondack League Club Yearbook, 1907. Standing on porch (L to R): John Stell, Mr. Walker, Mel Olney, Jim Dalton, Roy G. Crego, and Frank Holmes. Seated at right: L. Smith.
In 1895, the Adirondack League Club built a fish hatchery on Combs Brook, near the south branch of the Moose River, to stock the lakes and streams on their preserve.
The hatchery bought fish eggs and raised them to large fry, which had a better chance of survival when released. Continue reading
By: Roy Crego
October marked the 100th anniversary of a tragic event at Little Moose Lake. On October 20, 1913, a hunting accident took the life of Frank M. Holmes, a popular Adirondack guide.
The accident took place on the Adirondack League Club preserve at the private camp of Eugene H. DeBronkart, a 24-year-old businessman from Chicago.
The camp was located in the East Bay of Little Moose on Lot 51.
DeBronkart and the veteran guide Holmes, age 40, were making preparations on the front porch for a deer hunt at 8 a.m.
DeBronkart loaded his rifle and thought the weapon was half-cocked, but it slipped to full cock and discharged. Holmes was struck in the side. Continue reading