Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns is
organized into three parts; Adirondack Characters, Adirondack Traditions and
The three parts are divided into seven "Collections" (rather
than Chapters) as follows:
Part I - Adirondack Characters
Guide Slim Murdock
Collection 1 - Great Adirondack Guides
Stories and profiles of Adirondack Guides Nat Shepard, Giles Becraft, Slim Murdock, Sam
Dunakin, Jim "Brockie" Dalton and George Wendover.
Collection 2 - Old Men of the Mountains
Stories and profiles of hermits and characters including French Louie, Alvah Dunning, Old
Lobb of Piseco Lake, George Pardee, Sharp Shooter, Maynard Phelps, the Old Ranger, and
Amaziah D. (Dut) Barber.
Collection 3 - The Conklins of Wilmurt, a Pioneering North Woods Family
Details the life of the Conklin family as hardscrabble farmers, trappers and hunters,
living off the rugged lands of the southern Adirondack Mountains. Henry Conklin was the
Part II - Adirondack Traditions
Traveling Photographer Grotus Riesing
Collection 4 - Frontier Occupations and Recreation
Some of the many ways that early Adirondack settlers made a living or acquired a meal are
captured in these articles including "Peddlers and Itinerant Photographers," The
Blueberry Girls, Tim Crowley, Spruce Gum Picker, loggers, road monkeys, trappers and
"True Fishing Stories."
Collection 5 - Sportsmen's Camps and Backwoods Destinations
Stories of interesting places, "Adirondack Foothills Hotels," "Adirondack
Springs," White Lead Lake, and "Spruce Lake Country, Far Back and Long Ago"
Collection 6 - The Rural One-Room School
Thomas O'Donnell's recollections of school in the days of the one-room schoolhouse.
Collection 7 -A World of Beauty, a Land of Recreation
Three essays and an introduction about the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains.
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 brief profiles of the major contributors to the book:
Harvey L. Dunham
Rev. A. L. Byron-Curtiss
Thomas C. O'Donnell
William J. O'Hern
A bibliography and index are also included.