Snapshots in Time: Autumn within the Western Mountains


What follows first appeared within the September 24, 1896, version of the RANGELEY LAKES newspaper. On web page one, a fantastically written ode to Fall within the Western Mountains of Maine.

(All copy reprinted simply because it appeared in 1896. Extra commentary shared in italics).


Adjustments Among the many Denizens of the Woods and Sportsmen

The horns of the deer are starting to harden. Among the outdated bucks might brush their velveted horns towards a bush, at times simply to see how they cling, just like the hunter who takes his rifle from the case within the early spring and sights it at an imaginary deer or moose. The deer’s pink coat is getting ragged, and the brief blue coat begins to indicate via in locations. The chilly nights within the mountains have stored the flies from bothering the deer, and now they drink at little brooks oftener than within the massive streams the place they’ve discovered that the hunters begin to take a seat, rifle in hand, about this time of yr awaiting them. As a substitute of mendacity within the shade all day merely stirring at times to get out of the solar and stretch its legs the deer lies on the sunny facet of a bush, the place its sides heave up and down and the glint of the dewdrops on its coat sparkles within the eyes of a blue jay or partridge, typically within the eyes of a nonetheless hunter. The squirrels are shucking beechnuts, dropping the shells on the dry leaves with a loud clatter. The chipmunk chirps and the blue jay yells. The leaves present the colours of autumn; the yellow of a birch leaf is tinged with inexperienced and the pink of a maple is hazy. The birds are dusky. The good love colours of spring are pale and worn, and molting time has modified the outdated finery for the wealthy, heat coat of fall and winter. The songs of the birds are totally different, or peeps and chirps have taken the place of the songs. The migrating birds are anxious, too. They hop and solid their glances upward, as if trying to the climate. The woodchucks are getting fats and run like chunks of putty. The younger birds’ feathers are bigger, the birds heavier, and their flight sooner. The mom partridge is much less solicitous for the security of her flock, flies additional when aroused by a person or a canine, and typically leaves the younger birds to shift for themselves for hours whereas she goes someplace—maybe to mud on a sandy wooden path. The snakes bask no extra within the roads and open place, and the mud turtles lie for hours on the logs, plunging off solely when alarmed. The shirt-waisted vacationers placed on heavier garments, and the lads carry on their coats, sportsmen are cleansing their weapons and sighting them for the final time earlier than they begin for the woods. The fisherman’s place on the stream is taken by the watcher, the floater, and the canoe a great deal of hunters sure additional up. It will likely be many days earlier than the shotguns start to bark on the geese and geese, however even now the shells and correct masses are mentioned, a query which in the end the hunter solves for himself.

Rangeley entrepreneur J.L. York operated sporting camps at Loon Lake and Kennebago in addition to a fox farm.

Native Paragraphs

Saddleback was tipped with snow Wednesday morning.

Ice shaped throughout Tuesday night time at a number of locations within the village. To make up for the chilly September, October should be beautiful climate.

One can solely think about how briskly the snowbirds would depart city with ice on the puddles and snow on Saddleback in September!

“Rangeley ought to have an commercial posted at each cross-road in the US” remarked an enthusiastic customer just lately.

Rangeley’s recognition as a vacation spot? The extra issues change the extra they keep the identical!

Loon Lake- Proprietor York has had a number of requires circulars referring to his camps, from Massachusetts individuals. Subsequent yr Mr. York intends to get out an illustrated round relative to them. There is no such thing as a higher place for the huntsman to go than right here. Deer could be seen most each day coming right down to the water on the west shore. Partridges are lots and-indications level to quantity on the opening of the searching season.

Along with his success within the camp enterprise, J.L. York would go on to personal and function one other set of camps on the japanese finish of Kennebago Lake. He additionally owned a fox farm supplying pelts to furriers keen to satisfy the massive demand for toasty fur coats. Wild fur was changing into tougher to entice because the useful resource was severely depleted. Again within the day, “modern” fur and fundamental wool had been the first choices when it got here to chilly climate attire.

Mr. Arthur Jones died at Nice Island camps Wednesday night time of final week. Mr. Jones’ dwelling was at Portland however owing to poor well being he had made Rangeley and neighborhood his stopping place annually for a very long time and was a well-recognized determine upon the road when he felt capable of exit. Mr. Jones had the old style consumption (Tuberculosis) and his pals questioned that he lived as long as he did. He traveled south and west, hoping that the local weather would higher agree with him, however the illness was of such a nature that it yielded not.

Lots of Rangeley’s common summer season guests got here for aid from respiratory illnesses within the area’s clear mountain. Nonetheless, this was true for the rich few who may afford room and board on the $10-$15 per week, which equates to about $530 in at the moment’s {dollars}. Others got here to flee hay fever allergy symptoms and oppressive air high quality points from the coal fired industries and poor sanitation that existed within the scorching cities in the summertime. With no A/C, metropolis dwellers had no selection however to open the home windows and the city air was extraordinarily unhealthful.

The brief article under is fascinating in a number of methods. Do you know that for over 70 years, starting within the mid-Nineteenth century, Maine was historically Republican? Not stunning given Abraham Lincoln occurred to be a Republican.

The article additionally shares how in 1896, the Democrats and Republicans had joined forces to defeat the misguided efforts of a brand new Social gathering, the “Free Silvers”. The brand new political social gathering wished to print $450,000,000 million in unbacked paper foreign money. That equals $15.9 Billion in at the moment’s {dollars} which is roughly one third of the 45 Billion simply added to the IRS “enforcement” efforts, however I digress.

This new risk brought about the Republicans and Dems to work collectively in 1896 as a result of they’d discovered an necessary lesson from historical past. They knew that if enormous quantities of unbacked foreign money had been printed and circulated, because the Free Silvers had been calling for, it might trigger the nation nice hurt within the type of,  sure…. INFLATION!

The 2 Events, who at the moment are painfully at each other’s throats within the quest to stay in energy, had remarkably joined forces to stymie the “Free Silver” motion. Again within the “Good Previous Days” they united as a result of they’d discovered from a earlier fiscal mistake made throughout the “Dollar Craze” (1868-1888). Extreme quantities of extra foreign money had been printed to assist pay for the huge U.S. Authorities spending attributable to the devastating American Civil Struggle. Actually, saving the Union and ending slavery had been completely obligatory causes for what traditionally all the time proves to be fiscally irresponsible. The cash needed to be spent, nonetheless America nonetheless suffered the results because the Dollar Craze resulted crippling inflation, the “Panic of 1873” on Wall Avenue, and a protracted Despair. From Web page 4:

Maine is of course Republican; it has been so for years, excluding the time of the buck craze and the fusion of events at the moment. This yr, after the Chicago conference, it was boldly claimed that Maine was pretty much as good as gained by the Free Silverites, however Republicans and Democrats, who nicely remembered the tried “State-Steal”, desired no extra of these days and each stepped ahead, every with a shoulder to the wheel, and rolled up a plurality of fifty,000 (votes) on final election day, merely to indicate the nation that the claims put forth by the Free Silver social gathering had been nothing however idle boasts. It was to be a marketing campaign of training and evidently it educated.

We are able to be taught a lot from historical past. Have a terrific week and you should definitely make some nice Rangeley historical past of your individual!



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