W. Harry Allen and Lee Sturges 1918

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In the spring of 1918 a Chicago businessman named Lee Sturges spent a week fishing the Cains River with W. Harry Allen.  Sturges was an accomplished etcher who wrote and illustrated a small, rare book about his trip with Allen.  That relationship brought other friends of Sturges and was one of the major stepping stones of the Cains River fishery which very directly led to many of the developments on the Cains River and the Miramichi near the mouth of Cains.  These included Wades Fishing Lodge, Allen Outfitters, Black Brook Salmon Club, The Popples, and Camp Stanton.  Sturges trip and resulting book are very important since they give us one of the best documented accounts of the early 20th century era on the Cains.  This illustration was done by John Rice for On the Cains.  It measures 11×14″ approximating the original size with extra margin for framing. The print will arrive securely rolled up in a proper shipping tube.


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