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Noah John Rondeau
Noah John Rondeau

Adirondack Attic: vintage radio chat with the Hermit of Cold River

Andy Flynn's "Adirondack Attic" series continues with the story of a 1959 radio interview with Noah John Rondeau - the Hermit of Cold River. It's in the audio archives at the Adirondack Museum. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.  Go to full article
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.  Go to full article
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

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.  Go to full article

Clarence Petty Remembers Hermit Noah John Rondeau

North Country activist Clarence Petty lives in a house not far from Cold River, between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. As a boy, Petty met the famous hermit Noah John Rondeau, who lived and hunted nearby. In this special dialogue, we'll hear Clarence Petty's recollections of Rondeau. Also, we'll hear the voice of the hermit himself, recorded in the early 1950s by Albany radio station WGY.  Go to full article

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