Gilbert Whitman, courtesy of the New York State Archives. Gilbert Whitman, left, at Tent Platform 146 in Lower Saranac Lake. Courtesy of the New York State Archives. Information supplied with the photograph reads: "Campsite consisting of tent and platform with sign "State Property Permit No. 146," on Lower Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Two men pose for the photograph; one stands holding a rifle beside an Adirondack pack basket, while the other sits on a swing. Forest Ranger Gilbert George Whitman is the man on the swing."

Born: December 12, 1865 in Harrietstown, son of George Whitman and Zoa Labounty

Died: March 23, 1934

Married: 1st: Annie Phoebe Dyer October 16, 1896, 2nd: in 1933 or 1934 Mrs. Jason Vosburg a widow

Children: Wilbur J. Whitman, Zoa Whitman, Mildred Whitman, and Ruth Anna Whitman

Gilbert George Whitman was an Adirondack guide according to the 1910 Census. In 1920 he was a house carpenter, and in 1930 a forest ranger.

He served as treasurer of the Adirondack Guides' Association.

The Palladium Thursday, November 5, 1896

Married... WHITMAN - DYER - In Harrietstown, N. Y. on Friday Oct. 16, 1896, Gilbert Whitman, of Harrietstown, and Anna Dyer, of Vermontville, N. Y.

The Malone Farmer Wednesday, July 17, 1901

Tuffield Latour, a well-known citizen of Saranac Lake, has sold out his livery, coal and wood business to his son James, Giles Bombard and Gilbert G. Whitman, who will continue it at the old stand, and will also conduct the liveries at Riverside Inn and Hotel Del Monte. Messes Latour and Bombard are both experienced men in the business, having been connected with this livery for years. Mr. Whitman will probably look after the coal and wood business of the concern.

New York, N. Y. The Morning Telegraph, Tuesday, February 23, 1904

Crowds still continue to pour into Madison Square Garden because the Sportsmen's Show is there......

The "moose call" is heard all over the show at frequent intervals. The "moose caller" is Gilbert Whitman, one of the Adirondack guides, who learned the art of moose calling up in Canada, where the moose abound......

AuSable Forks Adirondack Record, May 18, 1917

—Gilbert Whitman, who was appointed forest ranger to fill the vacancy caused by the sudden death of James Ahern of Saranac Lake, was a recent caller in town on state business.

Essex County Republican, August 28, 1931

Lightning Starts Fire— Forest Rangers Quench It

Lightning that struck a tall pine in one of last week's electrical storms over the St. Regis lake section, started a forest fire on state land, and a blaze was well started on a path of destruction when forest ranger Harry Torrance of Keene Valley who had been notified, accompanied by ranger Gilbert G. Whitman of Saranac Lake, arrived on the scene with apparatus to do battle with the spreading blaze.

Their warfare lasted all night, but hundreds of acres of timber were saved and the only evidence left, of what might have been, is the charred trees and blackened surface of the area over which the fire had run before the state's guardians of the woodlands could get into action.

Lake Placid News, Friday, March 30, 1934


Gilbert G. Whitman, for 20 years a forest ranger with the New York State Conservation department died Friday morning, at Royal Victoria hospital, Montreal, after an illness of three months.

The remains were brought to Saranac Lake by his wife and son, Wilbur Whitman, pending arrangements for the funeral.

Mr. Whitman was born 68 years ago in Harrietstown, the son of George and Zoe Whitman. His early life was spent on his parents' farm. Later he became a skillful guide and woodsman.