A series of posts as we look forward to the 100th Anniversary of ADKNY in 2023
As 1926 was a busy year for the NY Chapter, I’ll would dedicate a second message to this year. To further quote from Ira Ayers’ A History, ADK Club New York:
“Preparatory to the purchase of all the essential supplies and equipment, a source of ready cash was required. We had slightly more than broken even during our stay at Blue Bird. The Council most wisely levied an assessment of $10.00 (today’s value: $144) on each member to help defray the costs. As an aftermath of this action it was deemed unfair for all the succeeding new members to go untaxed. Hence the $10.00 initiation fee was instituted.
Long before the April 1st date, the necessary equipment and supplies had to be decided upon and ordered. As mentioned previously, the coal range, folding tables and pump and water line from the lake were brought in by the Park during the winter. Norman B. Schomburg, through his company, purchased many of the items for us at wholesale. These included the lockers, boats, oil lamps, the 2 stoves in the living room, 40 to 50 folding chairs, the old hickory chairs and settee, etc. Also, he put me in touch with the Groff Bent Corporation for beds, mattresses and pillows, stating that we would get the bottom price on the same and thereby save his company’s 5% commission. From the very beginning a telephone was considered an absolute necessity and was ordered. It was installed in June.
During the winter we made several excursions down from Blue Bird, watching the progress of the construction and also watching the ice on the lake. Our timetable called for the ice to be gone by April 1st. In the meantime Walter Shannon spent a night in the partially erected building to be the first to spend a night in the new camp.
The first move was made on April 4th when we brought over from Blue Bird all our worldly possessions. This included such items as blankets, a 3-burner oil stove, general utensils, “silverware”, the auxiliary water tank, the flexible flyers, etc. At the same time, the beds, mattresses, and pillows were awaiting the April 10th delivery.
This brings us to April 10th, the actual opening day. The grand opening took place a week later, April 17th, 1926. To the average person now this may seem like any other day, but to us it was a grand occasion. The company agreed to deliver the beds, mattresses and pillows if we would provide guides for the truck drivers. Joe Durrenberger and I rode one truck and Herbert Hauptmann the other. The lake was only partially flooded at that time, the water level being about the same as when work was done on Sebago Beach. This would involve frequent wading when loading and unloading the boats due to the rocky shoreline. A strong crosswind was blowing and the task of operating the old tublike boats with mattresses six high required considerable maritime skill. The real labor involved at this stage consisted in carrying all the items up the hill to the various cabins and placed in order. It is a marvel that 25 souls did so much in such a short time, completing the job well before night.
The cooks did a swell job in preparing a full meal for so many hungry mouths. All the cooking had to be done on the 3-burner oil stove. The coal range was installed but without any coal. The dinner table consisted of three long boards nailed together and supported by saw-horses. Improvised benches provide the seats. This April 10-11, 1926 was actually a work weekend.
The official grand opening was a week later, April 17-18, 1926. Every one of the 60 beds was occupied. A grand and glorious time was had by all.
The attached photos by Herb Hauptmann are graciously donated by Geoff Weaver. They are from his father ( Walter Weaver)’s photo album.