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Colonial Daughters attend presentation of ‘Women on the Outdoors’

RANGELEY - Colonial Daughters Chapter DAR met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley. The business meeting was called to order at 11: A.M. by the Chapters new Regent Marcia White. At noon a delicious luncheon was served by the ladies of the church and immediately following, Don Palmer, President of the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society gave a presentation "Women in the Outdoors."


Don Palmer holding a picture of Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby.

Probably the most notable woman from this area was Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby, born in Phillips in 1854. She died in 1946 at the age of 92. Crosby was an avid sportswoman and Maine's first licensed guide; she was also the first and last known person in Maine to bring down a caribou. Through her widely-read newspaper columns that described her hunting and fishing adventures in the woods and Rangeley Lake, she put Maine on the map and attracted generations of visitors. Fly Rod had many friends among the Penobscot Indians who served as her guides in the Maine woods.

She attracted the most fame for her exhibit at the New York Sportsman's Exposition in 1898. She displayed a recreated hunting camp complete with log cabin. Many famous visitors stopped by, including Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody.

The next meeting of the chapter will be on October 20th at Julia Nouvertne's home, 329 Porter Hill Road in Farmington. The guest speaker will be Joan Moes, Literacy Volunteer Coordinator for Franklin and Somerset Counties, speaking on Maine Literacy. The public is cordially invited to attend. For more information you can call any DAR member.

Members attending were Melanie Farmer, Joy Gilbank, Connie Hiltz, Deborah Judkins, Anne Kendall, Ruby Kulpa, Patricia LeBlanc, Amy Martin, Loraine Norton, Julia Nouvertne, Jean Noyes, Joanne Page, Tamalie Paradis, Wilma Rector, Theo Ross, Jeanette Stevens, Elaine Wells, Mary Wheeler, Lorraine Wing and Regent White. Shirley Adams was a guest.

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