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A Canoe Trip From 1909

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This interesting old photo from 1909 was sent to us by Sports Afield reader Richard Propsom. He wrote, “Ran across an old photo of my grandfather in 1909 on a canoe trip from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to New Orleans via the Fox River and Mississippi River.  One of the photos shows them with the St. Lawrence canoe and emblazoned on the side it says “Read Sports Afield.”  A local paper indicates they may have been promoting the magazine along the way.  The picture shows Edward Ollinger on the left and Henry (Happy) Propsom on the right. Not sure where picture was taken, but based on the clean pots and pans and gear, maybe at the start of the trip. Interesting  how some camping gear has changed and others not so much. We still have the canoe paddle and the Dutch oven.”

1909 Sturgeon Bay, WI. to New Orleans La. – Edward Ollinger (left) and Henry Propsom (right)

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