During our recent trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville Junction. This was just a short walk from where Ruth’s mother grew up. Following an excellent guided tour we stopped in the office to see what they might have about the Templeton family. Several files! One treasure was this clipping from the Moosehead Gazette, July 4, 1952 about Ruth’s grandfather, Fred Templeton. The headline reads: “Fred Templeton Still Making Canoes at Age of 76 Years.”
In the story Fred recounts experiences from his years (1898 – 1945) as a guide at Kineo (see Memories from Kineo). He remembers seeing as many as 84 moose in a day. The last caribou he saw was in 1899. He had other stories to tell, but he had to get back to work to finish the canoe. Fred died on 9 Oct 1952, just four months after this interview. Templeton canoes are still known in this part of Maine.
I am so happy that we found this article. Thanks to organizations such as the Moosehead Historical Society for the work they do to preserve these memories.