Note from David R. Wright: "George W. Mussen b. 30 May 1847 Keesville [sic] N.Y. d. 14 Jan 1924 Saranac Lake. Post 621 of Grand Army of Republic. For 37 years he worked as guide for Miss. Augusta Polhemus of N.Y.C. at her camp called Edenwold on Spitfire Lake. Miss Polhemus came from one of the oldest families of NYC, descended from a German pastor to the Dutch 17th C. Settlers of Brooklyn. Miss Polhemus was one of the few female members of the St. Regis Yacht Club. George was married to Julia Brown (20 Nov 1845 - d. 30 April 1916). They had seven children Lillian (Lillie), Marshall, Wilbur, Willis, Nettie, Fremont, and Gertrude."
Courtesy of Adirondack Experience

Born: May 30, 1847, Keeseville

Died: January 14, 1924, Saranac Lake

Married: Julia A. Mussen (died April 30, 1916); Susan Kendall

Children: Marshall E. Mussen, Mrs. Lillian G. Woodruff, William G. Mussen, Mrs. Gertrude Davidson, Willis H. Mussen, Fremont Mussen, Mrs. Nettie E. Walker

George W. Mussen joined a cavalry unit in the Civil War at age 14. A guide, he worked for 37 years for the Augusta Polhemus camp on Spitfire Lake. He died at age 76, at 246 Broadway in Saranac Lake, while playing cards.

Source: Charles Brumley, Guides of the Adirondacks: A History (Utica: North Country Books, 1994), 140.

Adirondack News, December 8, 1894

George Mussen of Saranac Lake was dangerously shot by the accidental discharge of his gun while hunting at Turtle Lake, Michagan, on November 25th. It appears that Mr. Mussen was standing on a log when he slipped and discharged his rifle, the ball passing into his body at or near the hip glancing upward and out. A Silver Dollar in his pocket was struck and badly twisted, beside being driven some distance into the wound. The injury although severe seems not necessarily fatal.

Lake Placid News, May 29, 1914

Suckers Plentiful

George Mussen and his son Marshall, who spent the week-end in town, reported seeing more than an acre of suckers, weighing from two to four pounds apiece in Upper St. Regis last week. George Johnson, a local guide, said he thought the fish were more plentiful than ever before in recent years. Hundreds of the big fellows were seen running down the Saranac Sunday from the Broadway and Woodruff street bridges. The spearing season for suckers as for bullheads and whitefish was especially ordered by the Conservation Commission this year from April 1st to May 15th. None were speared here-abouts apparently except at Saranac Inn mill. All three species may be caught with hook and line in any quantity at any time except that the season on whitefish is the same as that on lakers.

Malone Farmer, January 16, 1924

George W. Mussen, veteran guide of Saranac Lake dropped dead while playing cards at his home Monday evening. He was playing with his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Parker. After putting over a brilliant play Mr. Mussen leaned back and laughed heartily. His head then fell forward and rested on his knees. Everything was done for him but without avail. He died as he had lived happily and enjoying the companionship of family and friends. He was a fine man who had resided at Saranac Lake 53 years. He leaves a wife, four sons, and two daughters surviving. They are Mrs. Benjamin Woodruff, Mrs. Albert S. Davidson, Marshall and Wilbur Mussen of Saranac and Willis and Fremont Mussen of North Syracuse. Deceased was 76 years old.

Malone Farmer, December 5, 1917


MUSSEN-KENDALL— In Saranac Lake, November 26th by Rev. G. K. Newell, Mr. George Mussen and Mrs. Susan Kendall both of Saranac Lake.