Frederick Remington the famous American outdoor artist was born in Canton, New York in 1861. The family moved to Ogdensburg, New York when Remington was eleven. He attended Vermont Episcopal Institute, a church-run military school.
The life and career of a Canton, NY canoe builder, J Henry Rushton, was the focus of a special display at the St Lawrence County, NY, Historical Association.
J Henry Rushton (1843-1906) built his first canoe in 1873. By 1876, the first national mention of a Rushton boat appeared in Forest and Stream magazine; most likely written by George Washington Sears, aka “Nessmuk.”
George Washington Sears (December 1821 – May 1890) was a sportswriter in the 1880s and an early conservationist. His stories appeared under the pen name “Nessmuk.”
Sears was 5 feet 3 inches tall and 103 pounds had a 9-foot-long, 10 1⁄2-pound canoe built by Rushton. He named it the Sairy Gamp. Sears completed a 266-mile canoe journey through the central Adirondacks. He was 62 years old and in frail health at the time
The information on Remington, Rushton and Sears was gleaned from Wikipedia and the Saint Lawrence County Historical Museum.
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