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Early Massachusetts Spinners – Part Iii. Edward A. Grout: Maker Of The “Electric Bait” And Other Fine Spinners, William B. Krohn Feb 2018

Early Massachusetts Spinners – Part Iii. Edward A. Grout: Maker Of The “Electric Bait” And Other Fine Spinners, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

An expanded version of this article, reproduced with the publisher's permission, is presented below in "e-Books and e-Manuscripts" under the title of “EARLY SPINNER MAKERS OF MASSACHUSETTS, Chapter 3.”
 


The Rangeley Spinner: An American Fishing Favorite, William B. Krohn Dec 2017

The Rangeley Spinner: An American Fishing Favorite, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

The Rangeley Spinner was invented in western Maine almost 140 years ago. The spinner's inventor, and first manufacturer, was long-time Maine Fisheries Commissioner, Henry O. Stanley of Dixfield. This exceptionally popular fishing spinner has stood the test of time by being made and sold continuously by many makers in many places, but mostly in Maine, for more than a century. This book will document this fishing lure's history, the many varieties made, and the spinner's numerous makers.

The book's working outline is as follows: Preface, Introduction, Anatomy of a Rangeley Spinner, Henry O. Stanley - The Originator ...


Early Massachusetts Spinners – Part Ii. George H. Burtis And His Highly-Touted “Irresistible Trolling Bait.”, William B. Krohn Nov 2017

Early Massachusetts Spinners – Part Ii. George H. Burtis And His Highly-Touted “Irresistible Trolling Bait.”, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

An expanded version of this article, reproduced with the publisher's permission, is presented below in "e-Books and e-Manuscripts" under the title of “EARLY SPINNER MAKERS OF MASSACHUSETTS, Chapter 2.”
 
 
 


Early Massachusetts Spinners – Part I: Tackle Maker To Downtown Banker: The Story Of John W. Shields, William B. Krohn Aug 2017

Early Massachusetts Spinners – Part I: Tackle Maker To Downtown Banker: The Story Of John W. Shields, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

An expanded version of this article, reproduced with the publisher's permission, is presented below in "e-Books and e-Manuscripts" under "EARLY SPINNER MAKERS OF MASSACHUSETTS, Chapter 1."


History Of Maine's Early Fishing Lures And Their Makers, William B. Krohn Sep 2016

History Of Maine's Early Fishing Lures And Their Makers, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

There are numerous cottage industries associated with outdoor recreation in Maine, including the making of boats, canoes, guns, oars, paddles, snowshoes, sleds, and many types of fishing equipment (e.g., flies, lures, rods, reels, and nets). While the history of some of these items have been explored (e.g., early gun makers and bamboo fly-rod makers), the small-scale manufacturing of fishing lures in Maine has gone unstudied. Even the collectors of North American fishing lures, with a few exceptions (e.g., Dunlap Hook, Rangeley Spinner, and Stanley Aluminum Smelt), have over-looked the Pine Tree State. Based on a decade of ...


A Partial Bibliography Of Early Sporting Information From The Magalloway River, Maine, William B. Krohn Jun 2016

A Partial Bibliography Of Early Sporting Information From The Magalloway River, Maine, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

This bibliography contains information sources documenting the early experiences of people who fished, hunted, and trapped the Magalloway River and surrounding area. This document includes information about the early pictures of the region taken by the professional photographer, Edwin R. Starbird


Ephraim L. Dunlap – Inventor Of American’S Last Flat-Spring Fish Hook., William B. Krohn May 2016

Ephraim L. Dunlap – Inventor Of American’S Last Flat-Spring Fish Hook., William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

This article discusses the life and patents of Ephraim L. Dunlap (1831-1914), a farmer and inventor from western Maine. Dunlap's Spring Hook, patented 1 June 1875, is the first piece of terminal fishing tackle made in Maine by a maker who is identifiable.


Trolling Spoons & Baseball: The Life, Lures, And Legacy Of Charles H. Morse, William B. Krohn Dec 2013

Trolling Spoons & Baseball: The Life, Lures, And Legacy Of Charles H. Morse, William B. Krohn

William B. Krohn

“Pop” Morse was a minor league baseball and a fishing-hunting guide. He was also one of Maine’s earliest fishing lure makers, living his adult life in Auburn-Lewiston. In addition to documenting Morse's fishing lures and life, this article discusses the evolution of early trolling spoons in Maine by comparing Morse's spoons to those made by Bill Burgess (Minot, Maine), and the Murray brothers (Auburn, Maine). [An editor’s correction for an omission in the first paragraph of this piece was published on page 3 of the 2014 Winter Issue of the NFLCC Magazine.]


An Early Angling History Of The Maine's West Grand Lake Region, William Krohn Aug 2013

An Early Angling History Of The Maine's West Grand Lake Region, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

Attached is a partial bibliography documenting the early anglers who fished, and wrote about, Grand Lake Stream, Maine. This document includes a 1901 photograph of a few local inhabitants with the village in the background.


Henry O. Stanley And His Fishing Tackle Business, William Krohn Aug 2013

Henry O. Stanley And His Fishing Tackle Business, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

This article provides a detailed discussion of the fishing tackle business of Henry O. Stanley as a part of Maine's nineteenth century outdoor heritage. Stanley's most famous lure was known as the Rangeley Spinner, and the author traces the history of this and other lures developed by Stanley. Several images are included in the article, including one of Dixfield Village on the banks of the Androscoggin River showing the location of Stanley's tackle shop on Weld Street.


Henry O. Stanley And His Fishing Tackle Business, William Krohn Dec 2012

Henry O. Stanley And His Fishing Tackle Business, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

This is an expanded version, with color illustrations, of Krohn’s Stanley article published by the Dixfield Historical Society in 2012. This updated article is followed by an article by L. Hirsch that documents the discovery of Henry O. Stanley’s personal fishing tackle. Stanley’s tackle, more than 100 years after his death, was still relatively intact. Originals of Krohn’s expanded article, along with Hirsch’s article, are on file in Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.


Joshua Gross Rich (1820-1897): The Life And Works Of A Western Maine Pioneer And Wildlife Writer, William Krohn Dec 2009

Joshua Gross Rich (1820-1897): The Life And Works Of A Western Maine Pioneer And Wildlife Writer, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

Joshua Gross Rich seemingly lived several lifetimes in the nearly eight decades he spent on earth. During various times, he made a living by trapping, guiding, farming. While living in the Rangeley Lakes region, he sold his winter catch to fur traders and as scientific specimens to Harvard University. Always willing to change with the times, Rich transitioned from being a professional trapper to a trial justice for Oxford County, a pension agent for Civil War veterans, a correspondent for many newspapers, and finally Bethel’s humane officer. While living in Upton, Maine, Rich owned and operated a hotel, a ...


Early Maine Wildlife: Historical Accounts Of Canada Lynx, Moose, Mountain Lion, White-Tailed Deer, Wolverine, Wolves, And Woodland Caribou, 1603–1930, William Krohn, Christopher Hoving Dec 2009

Early Maine Wildlife: Historical Accounts Of Canada Lynx, Moose, Mountain Lion, White-Tailed Deer, Wolverine, Wolves, And Woodland Caribou, 1603–1930, William Krohn, Christopher Hoving

William B. Krohn

The Northeast, especially Maine, has an exceptionally rich heritage of early literature about wildlife. These writings are buried in obscure scientific books and journals, government documents, rare books, old newspapers, and discontinued sporting periodicals. The primary section of this book is a chronologically-arranged compilation of selected quotations from these hard-to-find sources, thus making accessible significant wildlife writings of early biologists, naturalists, and woodsmen from northern New England and eastern Canada.
While designed to be a reference-work for biologists, conservationists, folklorists, and historians, this book will also be of use to campers, hunters, trappers, and others interested in the region’s ...


Fur Into Feathers: Manly Hardy And His Collection Of North American Birds, William Krohn, Marilyn Massaro Dec 2005

Fur Into Feathers: Manly Hardy And His Collection Of North American Birds, William Krohn, Marilyn Massaro

William B. Krohn

Manly Hardy (1832-1910) was a professional fur dealer and an amateur naturalist from Brewer, Maine. During his lifetime, he assembled one of the largest private collections of North American birds. This article documents how Hardy collected his specimens, how and where he housed his collection, and the species in his collection. Also discussed is how the Hardy Collection of North American Birds came to be located today at the Natural History Museum in the Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island.


A Fall Fur-Hunt From Maine To New Brunswick, Canada – The 1858 Journal Of Manly Hardy, William Krohn Dec 2004

A Fall Fur-Hunt From Maine To New Brunswick, Canada – The 1858 Journal Of Manly Hardy, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

This paper supplements Krohn’s book about Many Hardy. In addition to publishing Hardy’s 1858 diary, a descriptive list of all Hardy diaries on file at Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine is presented.


The Life And Writings Of Manly Hardy (1832-1910): Fur Buyer, Hunter, And Naturalist, William Krohn Dec 2004

The Life And Writings Of Manly Hardy (1832-1910): Fur Buyer, Hunter, And Naturalist, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

Manly Hardy was a nineteenth century businessman from Brewer, Maine. Like his father, Hardy owned and worked farmlands and woodlots, and two wharfs along the Penobscot River. The Hardys’ primary source of income was as dealers in animal hides and raw furs. The father of Maine historian Fannie Hardy Eckstorm, Hardy hunted and traveled along the Down East Coast early in his life and throughout his life took trips to the forests of eastern, central, and northern Maine. This book is intended for folklorists, historians, biologists, hunters, trappers, and others interested in northern New England’s outdoor heritage. Although out ...


Recent And Historical Distributions Of Canada Lynx In Maine And The Northeast, Christopher Hoving, Ronald Joseph, William Krohn Dec 2002

Recent And Historical Distributions Of Canada Lynx In Maine And The Northeast, Christopher Hoving, Ronald Joseph, William Krohn

William B. Krohn

See LINK for the article's abstract.This article is an example of the kind of analysis that can be done with the information in Early Maine Wildlife by Krohn and Hoving (2010).