From the Back Cover:
He first traveled to the Adirondacks in 1892, at age 21, to
take over a wilderness mission that changed his life. During the next sixty years,
spanning two world wars, prohibition and the Great Depression, A. L. Byron-Curtiss wrote
about everything important to him: his family, his outdoor adventures, the colorful North
Country characters he befriended and the tall tales they shared around a campfire. He
wrote about nature, history, folklore, conservation, philosophy, world affairs, his
greatest joys and most unnerving tragedies. He brought passion and humor to all his
endeavors, as a father, a fisherman, a preacher, a drinker, a social activist and a
scofflaw. Through all his life, the unofficial "Bishop of North Lake" displayed
an unshakable faith, uncommon wisdom, and an everlasting love for life in the Adirondacks.
A. L. Byron-Curtiss was in many ways an Everyman,
displaying good traits and bad. Perhaps more than in most of us, though, those traits
stood out like the contrasting colors on an Adirondack autumn hillside. Authors William J.
O'Hern and Roy Reehil tell the sometimes rollicking, sometimes poignant life story of this
man of the cloth who loved the backwoods of the Black River headwaters and came to know
them as well as anyone.
--Neal Burdick, Adirondack editor and writer