White Mountain New Hampshire Camping Trips

August 1939 and Summer 1940


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Growing up in Wrentham, MA, many of the family were members of the Christian Endeavor group at the Original Congregarional Church of Wrentham. This group took a number of camping and hiking trips during 1939 and 1940. Below is a photo of the group


Back, l-r Laurence Kirkton, Doris Hale who became Laurence's wife, Bud Brown, Harriet "Hattie" Belle Brown Canney(1895-1984) and her husband, Aaron Wallace Canney(1894-1972) (holding the cat). Rita Hale (sister of Doris), Unknown,  Ethel Power, Bob Winter. Viriginia Benson (who lived with Gramma Brown for some time), unidentified man, and Ida George far right   Front, Earl Stewart.  and Marjorie ?,  Donald Kirkton, Virginia Olsen,  Lois Brown , Ellie Olsen, Peg George far right.  Christian Endeavor group:Summer 1939.  According to Ida George, Hattie Belle and Wallace Carney came up to visit at Kirkton's.  He was Mrs. Kirkton's son before she married Kirkton.  Sylvia Kirkton Kellershon says, Uncle Wallace was my dad's half brother and minister of a Congregational Church in Colchester Connecticut for 50 years. His mother, Sarah Stacy Hunt was Dad's mother and married to Leonard Kirkton. Hattie Belle served in the US Navy in WWI.

Wallace and Hattie Belles, Summer of 1940



Bob Winter had a photo album which contained photos from some of the trips taken by the group. Family members identified in the existing pictures are Bob Winter, Lois Brown, Ida George, Loel Raymond, Ruth Kirkton, Donald Kirkton, Laurence Kirkton, Elton "Bud" Brown. Close family friends were Ellie Olsen and Everett Olsen. The photos are below:

White Mountains Camping Trip, August 1939

Summit Lodge on Mount Moosilauke, White Mountains
Dartmouth College’s love affair with its mountain started at the top. In the summer of 1920, E.K. Woodworth, class of 1897, and Charles Woodworth, class of 1907, purchased a hotel that had been on the summit since 1860—along with 50 acres of the rocky land encircling it—and donated it to the Dartmouth Outing Club. The DOC renamed the hotel Summit Camp, equipped it to sleep 50 people in bunks, and staffed it with students. Additional land purchases eventually brought the College’s total holdings to more than 4,000 acres on the 4,802-foot-high mountain, the largest privately owned tract in the White Mountain National Forest.

Summit Camp burned down in 1942. Moosilauke Ravine Lodge now stands at the base of the mountain. The DOC maintains the nearly 40 miles of trails on Moosilauke, as well as the 50-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail between the summit and Hanover.
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Bob Winter, Donald Kirkton and Ellie Olsen at Newfound Lake, enroute to the White Mountains.
Newfound Lake, which some say is among the cleanest in the world, is 4,106 acres in size and is considered one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire (168-feet deep at one point, and at another, 183 feet deep.) This pristine lake is about two and a half miles wide and seven miles in length. It is fed by 8 springs and has 22 miles of shoreline.
Loel Raymond, Bob Winter, Lois Brown, Elton Brown, Ellie Olsen, Ida George, Don Kirkton, Ruth Kirkton
Mount Moosilauke

Wildwood Forest Camp

L to R: Ruth Kirkton, Don Kirkton, Ida George, Ellie Olsen, Loel Raymond, Lois Brown, Bud Brown, Bob Winter

L to R: Ruth Kirkton, Don Kirkton, Ida George, Ellie Olsen, Loel Raymond, Lois Brown, Bob Winter, Elton "Bud" Brown.

Tents, box seemed to contain firewood.

Unknown, Lois Brown, Ruth Kirkton, Ida George, Unknown

Bud Brown and Bob Winter
Camp Site

Back Bob Winter and maybe Don Kirkton at left.

Lois Brown
Bob Winter foreground
Ida George, Lois Brown, Donald Kirkton, Loel Raymond, Ruth Kirkton, Mabe Ellie Olsen?, Bob Winter

Lois Brown and Bob Winter, Lost River


Don Kirkton and Ellie Olsen
Old Man of the Mountain.
The Old Man of the Mountain, also called the Great Stone Face and the Profile, was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire, United States, that appeared to be the jagged profile of a human face when viewed from the north. The rock formation, 1,200 feet (370 m) above Profile Lake, was 40 feet (12 m) tall and 25 feet (7.6 m) wide. The Old Man of the Mountain is called "Stone Face" by the Abenaki and is a symbol within their culture. It is also a symbol to the Mohawk people. The first written mention of the Old Man was in 1805. It became a landmark and a cultural icon for the state of New Hampshire. It collapsed on May 3, 2003. After its collapse, residents considered replacing it with a replica, but the idea was ultimately rejected. It remains a visual icon on the state's license plates and in other places.
Loel Raymond breaking camp.
Mirror Lake Bicycle Ride
August 1939

Bicycle Ride, Mirror Lake, August 1939

?, ?, Everett Olsen, Lois Brown, Don Kirkton, Bob Winter, Virginia Olsen, Ellie Olsen, ?, Ruth Kirtkton

Laurence Kirkton and Doris Hale who became Laurence's wife. Bicycle Ride, Mirror Lake, August 1939
Bicycle Ride, August 1939. Lois Brown
White Mountain Camping Trip 1940
"The Gang", Don Kirkton, Ida George, Loel Raymond, Everett Olsen, Ruth Kirkton, Ellie Olsen, 1940
Belknap Mountain Recreation Center Camp, September 1940
?, ?, Ida George, ?, ?, Ruth Kirkton
Belknap Mountain Recreation Center Camp, September 1940
Don Kirkton's sneakers seen under the picnic basket on bench.
Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire
Donald "Hut" Kirkton on tramway.
Everett and Ellie Olsen
Everett Olsen and Loel Raymond breaking camp.
Lois Brown
Connectticut, Summer 1940
Ida George, Lois Winter, Bob Winter