Mott Chapin

Address:

Old Address: 51 Franklin Avenue

Other names: Prall Cottage (1911), Mrs. Weston Cottage (1911), DaPres Cottage (1912), Fries Cottage (1912), Andrews Cottage (1913), Fraser Cottage (1948-51), Wilson Cottage (1950); DIS

Year built:

Other information: Elise Chapin was a patient in this cottage in the 1930s.

This cottage is one of several on Helen Hill that appears to have had its upper story or stories removed.

The Guild News, May, 1942

"Cottage Calls"

The Frazer [sic: Fraser] Cottage, 51 Franklin Avenue, is "home" to a group of patients well known throughout the village.

Here, for instance, lives Dorothy Wilson who was once tennis champion back in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and who is still more interested in outdoor sports than anything else. Now, however, she has substituted gardening for tennis.

Miss Wilson is one of that small group of patients who met with Dr. Sidney F. Blanchet in 1936 to organize the Saranac lake Study and Craft Guild. As she remembers it -- it was mid-winter, and a heavy snow delayed the arrival of the committee from the Carnegie Corporation, who were helping with the financial backing. Dr. Blanchet sat in the middle of the room telling story after story to keep the local group from dispersing until the committee finally arrived.

Miss Wilson is active in civic affairs, and has recently been helping with the sugar rationing. She is known throughout the house as the champion ticket-seller.

In spite of all these activities, Miss Wilson finds time to play a lot of Mah-Jong, and joins in the bridge games which are so popular in the house.

Hector McCrudden, taking his ease in a cure chair on the front porch, was the next one we talked to. Mr. McCrudden came to Saranac Lake from Montreal, Canada, where he is an investment dealer.

He served with the Canadian Artillery forces during the last war. Then because he liked horses, he changed over to the cavalry, and came out with the rank of lieutenant.

Mr. McCrudden like to read and listen to the radio. He took French lessons at the Guild for about a year. He claims that he is a champion kibitzer at all the bridge games.

Elise Kalb comes from Catonsville, Maryland, which, she is quick to explain, is a suburb of Baltimore. She worked as lighting expert for the electric company there before coming to Saranac Lake.

After regaining her health here,  she became a Guild student in J. L. Griswold's X-Ray class. Finishing that course, she got a position as student in the Trudeau X-Ray Laboratory last fall, and finds it all very interesting.

A versatile girl, Elise likes her knitting, plays only a little bridge, but is particularly enthusiastic about picnics and outdoor sports. She is also an amateur gardener -- and has devoted much of her time this spring to nursing along several flats of seedlings on her cure porch. We are pleased to report that these are doing nicely, at the moment.

Ken Smith, another Canadian, also makes his home at Frazer's. Much adverse to talking for publication, he did give us permission to report him as the enthusiastic bridge player we know him to be.

Mott Chapin came to Saranac Lake from Niagara Falls, and is well known throughout the village as former editor of The guild News, ex-rabbit entrepreneur, Art League-r, photographer, hunter and fisherman.

As a hunter, he did all right last fall bringing in a good sized deer. But the shock was too much and he had to go back to curing for a few months. He is up again now, supervising the planting of his victory garden.

Mott likes Saranac Lake and the Adirondacks so much that he has decided to make it his permanent home. He has a little house on Forest Hill Avenue, complete with the before-mentioned garden. He also has a state camp on the Lower Lake, where he plans to spend much of his time.

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