Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy 150th, Charles Evans Hughes

Maury Thompson at the Glens Falls Post-Star alerted us to a significant and pretty thoroughly overlooked anniversary. Wednesday April 11, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Evans Hughes: Glens Falls native, Governor of New York State, Associate United States Supreme Court Justice, GOP presidential candidate, United States Secretary of State, and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

To that resume let us also add: Adirondack vacationer.

On June 23rd 1912 The New York Times ran the following item:

LAKE PLACID. Justice Hughes Enjoys the Fishing at Camp Abenaki. (link)

For those who are a bit rusty on early twentieth century US politics, education, science and pop culture, we offer the same article, complete with links:

LAKE PLACID, N. Y., June 22.— Associate Justice Charles Evans Hughes (link), who through the excitement of the past week over the convention at Chicago (link), has seemed to be the least concerned of any of the campers despite the connection of his name with the Republican nomination, is now comfortably settled with his family at Camp Abenaki on the west side of Lake Placid and is devoting his time to fishing, boating, and long walks.

Near the camp of Justice Hughes is that of the Rev. Dr. Stephen S. Wise (link) of New York, who is here with his family for the remainder of the Summer.Victor Herbert (link), who is at his Camp Joyland, is busy at work on several new productions for the forthcoming season, upon which he will later have the collaboration of Mrs. Rida Johnson Young (link) and others well known in the theatrical world. Miss Ella Herbert has as her guest, Miss Alice O’Gorman, daughter of United States Senator O’Gorman (link), and it is probable that later in the season the Senator and Mrs. O’Gorman will be the camp guests of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert. Mrs. Lina Abarbanell Goldbeck (link), the light opera singer, has arrived and leased for her use this Summer one of the Lake Placid camps of Mlle. M. de Bray Longchamps. Mr. and Mrs. David C. Waring are at the Flanders cottage, and Prof. G.B. Pegram (link) of Columbia University has arrived at the Methodist parsonage, which he has leased for the Summer.

Mademoiselle M. de Bray Longchamps is in reality Mlle. Edith de Bray Longchamps, a french instructor, real estate developer and owner/manager of the first recreational summer camp for girls on Lake Placid, one of the first anywhere according to a co-author of the book, A Paradise for Boys and Girls. She built the camp where Hughes and his family summered a century ago.

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Mark Wilson's editorial cartoons - under the pen name MARQUIL - appear in newspapers and online across New York State. He also provides editorial illustrations and occasional commentary pieces for The Sunday Gazette of Schenectady and regularly chimes in here at the Almanack, particularly at election time and during the annual Adirondack Bracket. Mark lives in Saranac Lake.

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