Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns:
Early Settlers and Their Traditions
By William J. O'Hern
A treasury of Adirondack history, traditions and lore.
Includes over 80 vintage photographs.
256 Pages | 6" x 9"
...let yourself be transported to Adirondack days and
ways that will not come around again, except in pages such as these.
- Neal Burdick, Editor, Adirondac magazine
Moonshiner Red Conklin
Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns by William J.
O'Hern, is an outstanding compilation of stories and articles that together, paint a
mosaic picture of early life in the Adirondacks. Meet the hardy guides, hermits, trappers,
and loggers that attempted to tame the wilderness and learn about their tools, families,
and traditions. A treasure trove of Adirondack folklore illustrated with dozens of vintage
photographs. Destined to become a regional Adirondack classic.
From the back cover:
After his friends Harvey Dunham and
Mortimer Norton passed away, Lloyd Blankman dreamed of organizing his newspaper and
magazine articles, along with articles by his friends, into a book. Sadly, Lloyd died
before getting very far into the project.
Author William J. O'Hern has resurrected Blankman's vision, by joining
his original writing with the enduring works of Blankman and his contemporaries in
Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns, a mosaic history of the lives and traditions of
the settlers of the Southern Adirondacks.
Venture into the wilderness with French Louie and Alvah Dunning and
learn about lesser known characters such as Old Lobb of Piseco Lake and Moose River Plains
guide Slim Murdock. Travel the trapline with Richard Woods, E. J. Dailey and Burt Conklin,
"the greatest trapper."
Explore the turbulent waters of the West Canada Creek in
search of trout, learn about the tools of the spruce gum trade, and find out why "the
liars club" of Forestport called their get-togethers "parting with the
dog." Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns not only fulfills Blankman's dream, it
fills a void in the recorded history of a seldom written-about region and the people who
Over 80 vintage photographs!