Monday, May 1, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Who Was That? by Paul Martin

Historic photo of the Ausable Club

Our next OurStoryBridge story share is titled, Who Was That? by Paul Martin. In this story that he recounted for Adirondack Community, Martin shares a fascinating tale about how a young man who worked as a caddy at the Ausable Club located in Keene Valley once met a celebrity. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit this link:

The Adirondack Almanack will share stories written by those who live, work, and play in the ADK, courtesy of OurStoryBridge, Inc. These stories, which will be a combination of current and past events, people, outdoor activities and more, will be published on a weekly basis. The stories will focus on various locations situated in the Adirondack region, including the High Peaks, the town of Keene, and many other areas around the Park. Stories are compartmentalized into the following categories, arts & culture, catastrophes, work, people, outdoor activities, daily life, community, and natural & man-made environments.

Visit to hear more stories from around the Adirondacks.

Those who wish to contribute to OurStoryBridge, Inc. can find more information on how to share a story of their own and create their own OurStoryBridge by utilizing tool kits at the link here.


Photo provided by Martha Swan, Founder and Executive Director, John Brown Lives!


About OurStoryBridge, Inc.:

OurStoryBridge is a national project, led by a team of volunteers and implemented at the grassroots level by local libraries, historical societies, museums, and issue oriented organizations, that supports the creation of three- to five-minute, locally created audio stories with related photographs, as well as their online accessibility, by posting them on a website that appeals to both young and old and can be produced at low cost.

About Adirondack Community:

Sponsored by the Keene Valley Library, Adirondack Community is a multi-year local history project that collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from town of Keene community members through this online platform to share our rich social and cultural history in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains.

Story #5 of our sharing series: Story Credit to OurStoryBridge, Inc./Adirondack Community. 

Photo at top: Historic photo of the Ausable Club located in Keene Valley. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge,Inc./Adirondack Community.

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The Adirondack Almanack publishes occasional guest essays from Adirondack residents, visitors, and those with an interest in the Adirondack Park. Submissions should be directed to Almanack editor Melissa Hart at

4 Responses

  1. Robert Slutsky says:

    Crystal Lake which is located within the mailing address of Brant Lake, I believe has a wonderful history and that history still thrives today.

    • Amy Gogine says:

      Hi Robert,
      I wrote an article for Adirondack Life magazine many years ago which may be of interest to you. Among the progressive/left-leaning resorts and summer colonies I profiled were Green Mansions and Crystal Lake. Some folks I met at a bungalow colony in the Catskills who remembered Crystal Lake with huge affection. The title of the article, The Red Woods, was regrettable, but the story is a good one. Let me know if you’d like me to shoot you a copy.

      • louis curth says:

        Dear Amy, I wonder if you might also put me in line for a copy of your article on the Crystal Lake and Green Mansions stories.

        My memories of growing up all around that area back when Chestertown streets were lined with healthy, gorgeous elm trees, and Vetter’s Hardware Store was the go-to place my father took me whenever something needed fixing at home. Just a couple of fond memories from my own brand of lived Adirondack history. I’m sure your article would provide some wonderful back stories as well.

  2. louis curth says:

    Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present seems like a project worth encouraging, before these bits and pieces of Adirondack history disappear entirely. I suspect Almanack readers would prefer such topics to the growing numbers of “Community News Reports” which are nothing more than free news releases.

    In his comment, Robert Stutsky’s mention of Crystal Lake stirred some long dormant memories for me.

    I remember going over to help Brant Lake forest ranger Bill Houck mop up a fire in the woods somewhere near Crystal Lake back in the 1970s. Being a history buff, I wondered about the history of the place back then, but after the fire was extinguished, other events took over and I forgot about it till now.

    By the way, going back even further to my boyhood in Riparius back in the 1950s, there was a nice older couple named Stutsky who ran the seasonal variety store and soda fountain opposite the railroad station. This was back when Riparius was an active stop on the D&H line, and the Slutsky’s store catered mostly to arriving and departing passengers and a smattering of nearby locals with a sweet tooth. I wonder if there is any chance that these folks might be related to commenter Robert Slutsky?

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