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Died: 1938

Married: Anna

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Albert. D. McKenzie was an early settler of Saranac Lake.  He was a guide and a friend of Dr. Edward L. Trudeau.

 


Plattsburgh Press-Republican, November 7, 1958

Twenty years ago

Albert. D. McKenzie, pioneer Adirondack settler, died at Grand Junction, Colo., where he was a rancher. He long was a friend of Dr. Edward L. Trudeau, an Adirondack pioneer in TB sanatoria. Trudeau, in his autobiography, mentioned McKenzie as an expert guide, hunter, fisherman and cook.


Norwood News, October 22, 1924

Veteran Guide Returns to Old Haunt In Woods

Albert D. McKenzie Comes East Again After 39 Years in Colorado, Now Man 77 Years Old.

Saranac Lake, Oct. 18.--As a link between widely separated periods in the history of, the Adirondacks and Saranac Lake, Albert D. McKenzie, 40 years ago one of the foremost guides and hunters of the Northern New York wilderness, returned to this village this week. He left Saranac Lake 30 years ago in 1885 and his last visit, here was in 1890.

Now at the age of 77, after living the life of a pioneer in both east and west, McKenzie has at last turned his back on his home for the past 39 years in Western Colorado and returned to the scenes of his younger days in the hope of ameliorating in some degree the sorrow over the recent death of his wife. He is best known now, perhaps through his place in the pages of the autobiography of the late Dr. Edward L. Trudeau, to whom McKenzie was guide and hunting companion during the eight years before the latter's departure for the west. Mr. McKenzie recalled the incident, related in Dr. Trudeau's life story, in which the latter from his sick bed arranged for his friend's trip across the continent for a desperately needed operation.

Operation a Success

For years, Mr McKenzie had suffered from tic douloureaux, an acute neuralgia of the face, and the only means-of relieving the pain was a delicate operation to sever a nerve at the base of the brain. How Dr. Trudeau managed to bring about this operation upon Mr. McKenzie at Johns Hopkins under the hands of one of the few surgeons then capable of performing it, constitutes one of the acts of friendship recorded.

Mr McKenzie has found a changed place in Saranac Lake. Leaving the little hamlet when it was no more than a crossroads habitation, he returned to find the modem, metropolitan community that is the Saranac Lake of 1924.

When he moved to Colorado with his family, Mr McKenzie continued the same kind of life he had followed here; that of a woodsman and hunter of rare ability. Encountering all kinds of game, he met them all with the same resource and readiness for emergency.

In his hunting in the Adirondacks and Colorado, he has accounted for the slaying of 33 bears. Members of the cat family have also fallen prey to his marksmanship with the rifle and he mentions one encounter with a mountain lion in Colorado in which he clubbed the animal to death.

Managed Large Ranch

Not long after his arrival in Colorado, however, Mr. McKenzie was called upon to take charge of a large ranch; and this has been followed by a useful and interesting political and public career in. the adopted state.

Although many of his Adirondack friends of former years are no longer here, he has encountered several old time associates as well as others whose lives had come in contact with his indirectly.  His boyhood was passed in Keene, where he was born, and stopping off there on his way to this village he was greeted by scores of old friends.

The startling change of time is noted by the fact that when he left Saranac Lake, Mr. McKenzie's home had been the only one located on the road that is now Broadway. Dr. Trudeau was just at the beginning of his career as the founder in America of modern practice in the treatment of tuberculosis.

Blood's hotel then stood at Main and River streets, and Martin's on Lower Saranac Lake and Bartlett's between Middle and Upper Saranac lakes, then flourished. There was no railroad of any kind into the Adirondacks and all transportation was overland by stage coach along the waterways.


Malone Palladium, November 14, 1889

Vermontville and Vicinity.

Mrs. Anna McKenzie is home on a visit to her many relatives and friends. Her husband, Albert McKenzie, is expected to return soon from Colorado.

 

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