I remember Burton [Smith] pronouncing it the “Adderroundacks”.It sounded like a combination of the snake ‘adder” and the notion that the mountains were
round, which of course they are.
Pete [Jim’s brother and my neighbor] always said evestroth. I think my mother and father said it. It comes from the edge of the roof being called the eves and naturally the trough
like from the barn(pigs trough). You also mention the Balm of Gilead
in your Dispatch. I have heard Pete use that word many times. Bammagillyerd is sounds like. My mother would call an envelope an envelop [stress on second syllable instead of first] as [in] the clouds enveloping the mountain. George Grimshaw (his mother was an Edmund’s) used the word cartoon to refer to a carton of cigarettes.
I must agree that so much had been lost. Did you ever read “Body, Boots and Britches”? I can’t recall the author offhand but I met his daughter at a
book show in Albany years ago. She was selling the original manuscript of the book but I was “financially embarrassed” as Tanguay called it and missed
the opportunity. It has been reprinted many times and is filled with Adirondack, actually New York State lore and legend. I am sure you know of the book. If not I will look it up for you.
It had a lot of Orson S. Phelps “Old Mountain Phelps” sayings. I also have Charles Dudley Warner’s book on Phelps somewhere. He was known for calling Mt. Marcy, Mt. Mercy etc. “Heaven uphistedness” [what could this mean ?] and
so forth. A random scoot for a short hike. Warner used it as his thesis for his PhD. from Yale I think. Phelps was the man that [a colorful modern day mountain man local guide for one of the summer families] imitates. His beard is the Phelps signature from the old photos. My father knew Phelps he is buried in the cemetery as you approach the Rivermede farm. The cemetery is very quaint and picturesque. The grave stone reads” The Old Man of the Mountains”. Orson Schofield Phelps. Winslow Homer used Phelps and Monroe Holt also from Keene Valley in his well known painting Two Old Guides. Homer spent one or two summers in the Valley. Snap The Whip is another painting that locals were used as models. It picures the then schoolhouse in Keene Valley with kids playing snap the whip. The building is still there on the Keene Valley Country Club. It is the men’s locker room.
Anyhow I must run, but I do get side tracked talking about the
Adirrounddacks. The first and last battles of the British and American Navies could be heard from your house on the O’Toole Road. The first was the Battle of
Valcour Island in which Arnold delayed the British advance on Lake Champlain
You’re a very entertaining writer. Keep up the good work, Jim