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Donn Fendler goes missing in Maine's Mount Katahdin...
Item # 650919
July 26, 1939
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 19, 1939
* Donn Fendler goes missing
* Mount Katahdin in Maine
* Rye, New York 12 year old boy
Page 21 has a two column heading: "Rye Boy, 12, Is Lost on Mount Katahdin, Me.; Parents Aid Parties Searching the Slopes" First report coverage on Donn Fendler going missing in the mountains of Maine. I suspect this is one of the few publications to report this particular event as other titles in our inventory do not.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 40 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.
wikipedia notes: Donn Conner Fendler was an American author and public speaker. From Rye, New York, he was 12 years old when he was separated from his family and became lost on Maine's Mount Katahdin. His disappearance launched a manhunt which became front page news throughout the nation and involved hundreds of volunteers. Donn survived for nine days without food or proper clothing, before following a stream and telephone line out of the woods near Stacyville, Maine. Fendler was dehydrated, covered with insect bites, and 16 pounds lighter than at the beginning of his odyssey, but otherwise unharmed. He credited his experience as a Boy Scout in helping him survive the ordeal.
Category: The 20th Century