What follows are some clippings from the May 25th, 1916 edition of the MAINE WOODS newspaper.

(Editor’s note: Contemporary commentary in italics, otherwise copy is reprinted just as it was in 1896)

Improvements at Bald Mt. Camps

Angling for First Time This Spring

Bald Mountain Camps Circa 1916

Bald Mountain Camps, Mooselookmeguntiic Lake, May 23. — The birds and wildflowers as well as the city people are back again under the shadow of Bald Mountain here on the lake shore. At these attractive camps Amos Ellis, the proprietor, has made many improvements since last fall. A log camp beyond the dining room is now being completed for a Connecticut party who come in June for an extended sojourn. The stationary engine and boiler which supplies the hot and cold water for all the camps has been placed in a cement foundation in the new powerhouse. Three hundred feet of “sea wall” has been built in front of the camps. From the rear of the camps to the main road the woods have been cleared. The guides’ house, the laundry, and two camps for the employees were built in the fall now stand in, a row all by themselves. The new icehouse filled with 1,555 cakes of clear, blue ice, 16 inches square will be sure to furnish the needed supply. The garage is ready for all the automobiles, and no doubt the four fine horses in the barn will attract more attention than all the autos and be in great demand this summer. Mr. Ellis this year will take charge of the store and post office and bis brother, J. W. Ellis of Quincy Mass., will look out for the hotel office. Bernard Ellis will drive the automobile and the horses and Master Amos, Jr., his pony team. (For picking up guests at the Oquossoc Train Station and for tours). Mrs. Bernard Ellis is to be the housekeeper. The first guests this season wore Chas. B. Hinds and friend, N. C. Ridlon of Portland, who were here for a week and the string of 16 trout and salmon, the largest a 5 and a 6-pounder they took home with them was proof of their skill and the great fishing at the Rangeleys this spring. (Ridlon would eventually build Camp Ridlon at Haines Landing which still stands)

Moose Will Become Extinct In Few Years Without Proper Protection

To the Editor of Maine Woods: The law passed a year ago (1915) putting a continual closed time on moose is a splendid thing and should materially help to preserve the moose to this State. Without a few years without proper protection the moose is likely to become extinct within the limits of the United States, but Maine has taken the right step for its preservation. (Moose and Deer populations nationwide were at an all time low in the early 20th Century due to exploitation and the last Caribou seen in Maine was on Mt. Katahdin in 1914).


Expected to Become Very Popular with All Sportsmen

The large farm on Chamberlain lake owned by Coe & Pingree, known as the Chamberlain Farm, and for years under lease to the Eastern Manufacturing Co., has been leased by the Lincoln Pulp Wood Co., which is to work it this year. At present there is one sporting camp on the premises, and it is the intention of the company to erect several others for the use of parties who take the trip up the Allagash There are motorboats, canoes, etc., on the premises, and provision will be made for facilities to house and supply parties who are traveling over this route. This farm is situated in one of the greatest fishing regions in Maine, and is expected to become very popular with all sportsmen’, and it is especially desired that all sportsmen who have occasion to be in that vicinity will make it their headquarters, and the management intends to cater especially to parties of this nature.

(Rangeley was pretty much over exploited as a fish and wildlife resource by 1916 and the eyes sportsmen was shifting northward as the piece above shares. One of Rangeley’s early sporting camp pioneers, Billy Soule, had sold his beloved Pleasant Island Camps and moved operations north as well).

Shooting Events Will Be the Big Feature—

Mountain View House Will Be Filled to Its Capacity

Plans for the 21st annual midsummer outing of the Maine Sportsmen’s Fish and Game Association are nearly completed and from every indication it will be the biggest in the history of that organization. The place is Mountain View House, Rangeley Lakes, and the dates June 29- 30-and July 1st. As usual the Shooting events will be the big feature. The committee is made up of Rangeley men in the belief that they will be able to arouse mere enthusiasm amongst the marksmen of that vicinity. Herbert L. Welch of Haines Landing will be chief range officer, with Ed Lowell of Oquossoc and J. Lewis York of Loon Lake assistant range officers, Billy Hill of Portland, the Remmington-U. M. C. expert, will have charge of the trap shooting, and will also give an exhibition of fancy rifle shooting. It is regretted that Col. John J. Dooley of national guard fame, who has contributed much to the success of these events in years past, will be unable to attend. The Colonel has just taken charge of the military department of the Savage Arms Co. Among the features wild be a guide and wardens’ match on a running deer target, between picked team. There will also be matches for those who never have won prizes, to stimulate interest among those who do not class with the experts’, but who would like to take part.

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