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Noah John Rondeau, Adirondack Hermit
by Maitland C. DeSormo
204 pages - Photos - Illus. - Paper

Although the Adirondacks have had their share of hermits down through the ages, there were two who were outstanding; Adirondack French Louie and Noah John Rondeau. Rondeau was known as the Mayor of Cold River ( population 1 ) in the heart of the Adirondack High Peak section of Essex County. During his days at his Cold River hermitage, Rondeau kept a diary - much of it in code. He also wrote numerous lengthy letters and practices his own matchless brand of poetry. Extensive selections from both are included.

Product Details:
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: North Country Books
Reissue edition
ISBN-13: 978-0932052742


Here's another great book about Noah John

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"His Eminence"

First Person

My daughter-in-law, Natalie Leduc, recalls with great enthusiasm her day in the sun as a "princess" at the 1950 Saranac lake Winter Carnival. His Eminence, the bishop who crowned the king and queen of that extravaganza was no other than Noah John Rondeau -- retired Hermit of Cold River Flow!

"Hermit Rondeau"

During the following years the hermit was experiencing increasingly unpleasant stomach problems that continued to become more serious. Nevertheless he managed to accept and appear at many Adirondack Fall outings. I saw him there five or six times and never failed to notice that he always attracted a long waiting line of people who eagerly awaited an opportunity to greet and make an obvious fuss over the smiling, joking and neatly groomed old codger.

- Maitland C. DeSormo

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