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Noah John Rondeau, mayor of Cold River, population 1
Noah John Rondeau, mayor of Cold River, population 1

Remembering Noah John Rondeau, the Hermit of Cold River

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Fifty-four years ago, Noah John Rondeau left his cabin on Cold River for the last time, driven out by a windstorm that decimated great swaths of Adirondack forest. Rondeau had lived as a hermit in the wilderness for four decades, hunting and trapping and fishing. During his time in the woods, Rondeau became a famous figure among hikers and local hunters. This morning, we hear the memories of two people who knew him well: Grace Hudowalski, a founding member of the Adirondack 46ers Club, and environmental activist Clarence Petty. We'll also hear archival recordings of Rondeau describing his life on Cold River. Clarence Petty still spends summers at his boyhood home near the Cold River country. Grace Hudowalski passed away last winter at the age of 98. Noah John Rondeau died on August 24, 1967. He was eighty-four years old. The recording of Rondeau's voice was provided courtesy of the Adirondack Museum.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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