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Noah Rondeau, Mayor of Cold River
Noah Rondeau, Mayor of Cold River

The Great Adirondack Hermit, Noah John Rondeau

One of the most famous outdoorsmen in Adirondack history was the hermit Noah John Rondeau. Rondeau lived deep in wilds of the Cold River country, near Tupper Lake. During his two decades in the woods, Rondeau became a mentor to hikers and local hunters. He was finally forced out of the woods by old age and by the great blow-down of 1950 that devastated parts of the Adirondack back country. This morning, we'll 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 in 2004 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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