Alice Trigg Swain and Harry Duso, 1960s, captioned "Penny and Harry." Courtesy of Wesley Niarhos. Born: 1897

Died: 1979 1

Married: Sylvia Kimball

Children: Don Duso, Ed Duso

Harry E. Duso, Sr. started the Crescent Bay Marina. He was a World War I Veteran.

He is credited in local lore with having jumped on horseback off of the highest cliff of Bluff Island in Lower Saranac Lake for the silent movie, the Perils of Pauline. Harry's son, Don Duso, however, said that while his father did, indeed, jump from Bluff Island dressed as Pauline, he did not do it on horseback; that was another stunt man, unnamed. 2

Michael Specht (son of Malcolm A. Specht) recalls that channel and obstructions markers on the Lower lake were removed for the winter/ice season and early in the year; soon after ice-out Harru Duso and others would go out and reinstall them. In those days the buoys were made of crossed wooden planks — maybe two by sixes — painted white and topped off by an empty ten gallon paint can also painted — white for obstruction, red or green to mark a channel.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 16, 1979

Harry Duso dies at age 81

SARANAC LAKE - Harry E. Duso, 81, owner and operator of the marina Crescent Bay, inc., died Thursday afternoon at General Hospital.

Mr. Duso was known in the community as the judge of a contest, held annually for a time, which involved guessing the day the ice would leave Lower Saranac Lake. He resided in a house on Crescent Bay next to the marina.

He founded the marina in 1924. Mr. Duso had been a resident of Saranac Lake for many years.

He was born in Dickenson Center, the son of Fred and Harriet (Dewey) Duso.

His wife, the former Sylvia Kimball, died in 1952.

Survivors include two sons, Harry E. Duso Jr. and Donald Duso, both of Saranac Lake; a half-brother, Harold Ling of Rockville, Conn., and five grandchildren.

Mr. Duso was a veteran of World War I, a member of Whiteface Mountain Lodge No. 789, Free and Accepted Masons; a member of Wanneta Chapter No. 291, Royal Arch Masons; a member of Adirondack Commandery No. 82, Knights Templar; a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks NO. 1508, and a member of the American Legion.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today and to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fortune Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. John McClester, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in May.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Malone Farmer, May 18, 1927


Hurled from his speedboat when the steering-gear broke while he was piloting the craft on a trial spin around lower Saranac Lake Thursday morning, H. W. Lockwood, formerly of Washington, D. C, now a resident of The Pines, Saranac Lake, was saved from drowning only by heroic work of Harry E. Duso, manager of the Crescent bay boathouse, and Herb Williams, caretaker of the Guggenheim camp, who went to his rescue.



1. Pine Ridge Cemetery records
2. Bob Seidenstein, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, July 29, 2005