Snapshots in time – May 30, 1895 – Mooselookmeguntic House

The set of “shorts” below is found in the May 30, 1895 RANGELEY LAKES newspaper issue and begins with some references to the Mooselookmeguntic House that was once adjacent to Dunn’s estate in Haines Landing. If you enjoy Rangeley history, I suggest you visit the Historical Society and purchase the book “A Chronological History of the Rangeley Lakes” by Edward Ellis. I found some of the following information in this great little book: The Mooselookmeguntic House was once a rough hut built by James Huey around 1850. In 1874 Major E.J. Gilkey of Strong Maine and Charles Soule built a more substantial wooden camp. This was then “significantly expanded” and the original timber camp became stable. Three wooden huts were also built. Could these be part of the class that still exists today? The estate was managed by Theodore L. Page who also owned Lake Point Cottage in Eagle Point in Okosuk Cove. Page was also the owner of the United States Senate Restaurant, and ran the Mooselookmeguntic House in the summer. Mooselookmeguntic House was expanded a short time later, and Ed Whorff became the owner. Enjoy the following on Big Lake from late May 1895 and be sure to get out and make some of your own awesome Rangeley history!

(Pearce’s comment was shared in italics, otherwise the copy below is reprinted exactly as it was in 1895.)

Out on the big lake

HENZ LANDING, May 29 – The fishing here has never been better than it has been since the ice broke out this spring. Everyone is happy. A good catch holds fishermen and makes them happy, and their contentment makes the owner Whorff (Mooselookmeguntic home owner) Happy May 10 a great number of great catches have been made. Almost all of the season’s best fish have been hooked within sight of Mooselookmeguntic House, some but just a few bars away. Here’s one of the best: Miss Grace E. Hobart, daughter of Sir Henry Hobart, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, set a record “unmatched and little distinguished.” Her first afternoon on the lake, in fact, was her first trout catch of any kind, capturing 6 pounds, 3 pounds. 2-3/4 lbs., 1-1/2 lbs. All within two hours of fishing! Since then, Miss Hobart and her father have taken a lot of good fish. One afternoon, they took 14 fish divided as follows: Miss H., 10; Mr. H. , 4. Nate Ellis directs them.

Mooselookmeguntic house circa 1895

Geo. Wheeler, of Farmington, took a handsome pair near Mooselookmeguntic House, Thursday. In the afternoon he caught a salmon that weighed 4 pounds and in the afternoon a trout that weighed 6 pounds. He returned home satisfied. Led by FC Porter.

At Mooselookmeguntic, Tuesday, Mrs. AA Sargent of Haverhill, Mass. , trout weighed 7 pounds and at the same time Mr. Sargent ate two at a time (It is assumed that there are two flies on his line) which together weigh 10 lbs. Sylvester Hinckley and Joe Wilbur were mentors. Seventeen pounds of fish in one go, you should convince people that rangoli fishing didn’t go to bow condemnation. (“gold for dogs“).

A promotional postcard for the Wrangeley Lakes region circa 1895.

The road from Phillips to Wrangeley is in very good condition and an enjoyable drive as well. Sheriff Este, Saturday morning, in the express office seized a jug full of the forbidden liquid.

The term “leading”, of course, refers to leading a team of horses.

Henry Tibbets places the thresholds of a new 26″ x 60″, two story store, near its current location. Half of the lower part will be for blacksmithing and the other for woodwork, to be done by his son Florin. CW Barrett will get to the top for his boat manufacturing business.

Miss C.T. Crosby, I just got back from the athletes’ fair, (In Madison Square Garden in New York) Fly back around the Rangeleys, fly rod in hand. “I had a great time and the whole affair was a huge success,” is how she sums up the show. During her week in New York, Miss Crosby received over $500 in gifts.

It is important to note that the publisher of RANGELEY LAKES, Harry P. Dill was not pleased with the fact that Miss Fly Rod, as a paid writer for the competing newspaper PHILLIPS PHONOGRAPH and also responsible for the Maine Show on the show, did her best to keep 10,000 copies of the special edition RANGELEY LAKES out Place. Mr. Dale was insinuating that the gifts received by the FRC in New York City were in fact compensation for doing so. We will never know.

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