CLERGY (1880 -
- 1885 THROOP
The Rev. Montgomery Hunt
Throop II b. 1856, at age 24 was the first minister of the little chapel and
in 1881 organized the Mission of the Transfiguration in Blue Mountain Lake.
Both churches were consecrated by
William Croswell Doane, first Episcopal Bishop of
Albany and son of Bishop George Washington Doane of New Jersey.
Bishop W.C. Doane was the author of
Ancient of Days,
organizer and founder of the Cathedral of All Saints, St. Agnes School for Girls
(now Doane Stuart) and Child's Hospital, all in Albany.
The Rev. Throop II, whose great-uncle was governor
of New York state from 1829-1832, was married in September 1884 to Agnes
Campbell of St. Andrew's Episcopal in Harlem. In 1887 he served as
assistant to St. Michael's and in 1888 Church of the Advent, both in Harlem, and
from 1893 - 1897 as rector of St. Matthew's in Jersey City, New Jersey. In
1900 he ran for the democratic nomination to Congress.
During WWI his son, Montgomery Hunt Throop
III and his wife Elizabeth Nichols, left for Shanghai, China, as missionaries under the Episcopal Missions
where their son, Montgomery H. Throop IV (1918-2004), was born. In 1922
Rev. Throop III undertook the first Protestant translation of the Apocrypha into
Unfortunately with the entrance of America into
WWII during which his son was a decorated fighter pilot, Mr. Throop III was swept up with thousands of expatriates living in China,
Japan and the Philippines. He spent six months to two years interned in a
Shanghai prison camp, returning to the United States in 1943 aboard the Swedish
liner, the Gripsholm.
From the New York Times 3
In 2001 and again for the 125th anniversary in 2005, we were delighted to
welcome the three great- great-grandsons of Montgomery H. Throop II to the Annual Service with their
families. They have owned property on Pine Island on Raquette Lake since the 1950s but
were unaware of Mr. Throop's connection to St. Hubert's.
1889 one of several priests who served Raquette Lake during these nine summers was the
Rev. Edward Octavus Flagg
DD, rector of Grace Church
(Episcopal) in New York City. His love for the area is amply illustrated in
two poems, "St. Hubert's Isle No.1" and
"St. Hubert's Isle No. 2," published in Earlier and Later Poems
(1890, 1895, 1906 and 1910).
Flagg was born 13 December 1824 in Georgetown, South Carolina. He married
Mary Letitia Ferris, born about 1839, daughter of a Connecticut lawyer who went
on to become a state senator. They settled in New York where they had
1895 - 1941
was born in Upton on Severn,
Worcestershire, England, where he became a member of the clergy of the Pilgrim Brethren Church.
Both his parents died when he was young and he was raised by an aunt, whose name
Serman he added to his own. In 1889, when his son Stanley was six years
old and Muriel 12, the family immigrated to Canada and at that time the name
became hyphenated. William was ordained a priest of the Anglican Church 24
May 1891 and was assigned a church in Marquette, Michigan, where the family
lived in a sod house, much to the dismay of his wife, the former Elizabeth
1 December 1894 William was appointed priest-in-charge of both St. Barnabas' Church in Stottville, New York,
and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Raquette Lake. The Stotts
were members of both congregations, and contributed financially to the construction of
the island church in 1880. In 1876, Francis Stott, at the urging of his friend William West Durant,
built a great camp on Bluff Point on Raquette Lake (sold to the
Collier family in 1905).
1911 St. Barnabas,
Stottville and 1913 Good Shepherd, Raquette Lake
Before the rectory was built in 1882, visiting clergy stayed at Camp Stott or at
Fairview on Osprey Island. For over 20 years, from 1880 to 1900, the Stott women took charge of the little church, cleaning
the buildings and
planting the gardens each spring, often during the worst of the black fly season. In all likelihood, this contact
with the Stotts at St. Barnabas led to William Brown-Serman staying at Raquette
1914 the rectory and all the church records were destroyed by fire.
William barely managed to get his wife Elizabeth down from the second floor in
time using an outside stairway at the rear, although it too was made from wood. A rough cottage was built between the church and the
site in 1917 while their son Stanley
designed a new rectory, constructed in 1918. It
was all his own design save some professional help with the stairway.
pasteboard of a pyramid of building blocks was set up in the church vestibule
and each member of the congregation could purchase a block. About
one-quarter of the cost of the new structure was funded in this manner with
Stanley's father, William, absorbing the balance.
huge fire in 1922 on neighboring Osprey Island destroyed Fairview, built by
Ed Bennett for Charles Durant in 1879 (later sold to J Harvey Ladew of NYC in
1891). Stanley climbed
out on the porch roof of the new rectory and covered it with wet bed sheets to catch the
large chunks of burning material that were flying across the channel.
In the 1920's
(a-SY-jell) Carrington married William's daughter, Muriel, on St. Hubert's Isle in a beautiful ceremony for which
a bounty of fresh flowers, including lilies, were delivered by train direct
to the Raquette Lake Station from New York City. Asygell then assisted his
father-in-law with the summertime
1931 - 1941
In 1931 Stanley Brown-Serman (1883-1955), a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, joined his father in holding services, later taking full charge.
In 1933 William was the priest in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Stanley
and his wife Marion had three children, Mary, Elizabeth "Betty" (1919 - 2012)
Mary Brown-Serman Walke
Kirby (1917 - 2010), remembers her first visit to St. Hubert's the summer of
1927 when she was 10 years old.
"A church fair was in progress - decorated booths were everywhere, some with fancy work
[crocheted and embroidered items] and all the ladies in gorgeous hats and long
chiffon afternoon dresses.
The fair was held down in the flat opening along the path leading from the gazebo up
towards the church. There was lemonade, cookies and a white elephant table
[used items]. I was not otherwise at the Lake until 1931 when we started
remember three bridges. The one I remember a picture of was from near the boat
house to the peninsula we called Blueberry Island. This is the one either
I or my mother painted a little watercolor of that is in the house, near
the living room fireplace, or it was. There was another bridge over a dip
in the path [leading from the church steps], not very
photographic. There was a wooden set of steps from the
mail dock [now on the bottom of the lake] up to the top of the rock near the
1927 I remember steam launches, Chris-Crafts (from the Evans, Echo and Carnegie
camps probably) and small boats bringing people to church, but cannot really
distinguish between 1920s and 30s. The big dock in the cove by the boat house
was never there until your father [Ralph Carmichael] had it built [by Fred
Burke]. We had only boat slips. But there was a path around from the mail
rock [near the gazebo] to the boat house and one from the boat house up to the
church leading off the one to the rectory."
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In November 1943 Mary's brother Arthur
Stanley Brown-Serman lost his life at age 20 training for WWII, his name inscribed on the wall of Harvard
Memorial Chapel, Class of 1944. He was a Marine stationed in San Diego
and is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. Also in 1942 their father's teaching schedule at
Virginia Theological Seminary changed to 12 months a year due to
the war and, sadly, the family had to end their long association with
1942 - 1958
From 1946 through 1953, the Island was a favorite vacation home for Bishop
Frederick Barry of Albany. But the great storm of
November 1950 took down about 60 trees and St. Hubert's lay idle
from 1953 until 1959. (Another 70 trees came down during the microburst of 1986, and 27 more in 1995.)
Bishop Barry's brother-in-law was the caretaker for St. Hubert's during this
period, but the damage caused in 1950 was just too much for one person.
All the paths were blocked by huge tree trunks, the ice house and tool shed were
badly damaged and a tree had fallen against the roof of the east bedroom causing
a leak. Fortunately the church was not damaged. Bishop Barry did not
return after 1953.
1959 - 1995
In 1960 the Diocese of Albany sold St. Hubert's to the Rev. Ralph M. Carmichael
(1912-1995) who, with his wife Jean, used it as their summer and then permanent residence.
Ralph and Jean set to work cleaning up the property, cutting up logs, tearing
down the ice house and tool shed, later modernizing the Guest House in 1973.
for some leaks in the ceiling, the church did not need any structural work until
1968 and again in 2002 when
the foundation was rebuilt, each time using the original stones. The latter work was done by
Mr. Stone, a
stonemason from Plattsburgh, assisted by Ralph's grandson Matt.
1967 and 1968 Boy Scout Troop 400 from Syracuse under Jack Ekland repaired the
leaking roof. In 1979 the brick
chimney was rebuilt by Fred Burke. In 1980 Troop 400 painted the outside
of the church, using the color scheme of brown stain and cream paint taken from
early photographs found in the study. The indoor-outdoor carpeting was a
gift from Helen Stewart in 1980. Troop 2 from Albany has
visited several times over the years, helping to clear paths.
1969 the church was rededicated by Bishop Barry of Albany. He stated that
his opinion of 1960s young people had been dramatically reversed after viewing
the repairs made by the Scouts and observing the participation of the Echo Camp
Girls' Choir in the service.
and Jean loved Raquette Lake and had a keen interest in the history of the area
and of St. Hubert's. Their guests included Harold K. Hochschild, William
Wessels, the two Brown-Serman granddaughters, Craig Gilborn, Ruth Timm, Warder
Kirschenbaum of AARCH and others
concerned with preserving the property as an historic place of Adirondack
Just the week before he died, Ralph was filmed by A&E
for a video on America's Castles. The footage was cut, but later released
as Part I of Adirondack
Great Camps: Durant and Raquette Lake.
The church has never had electricity,
but the Carmichaels decided to stop the use of kerosene lamps on the island due to all the grandchildren who were not familiar with the danger
from fire. In the 1960s four of the five islands, Strawberry, Osprey,
Little Osprey and St. Hubert's (Wee Two was added later) joined together to have a telephone line and then
electricity brought over in an underwater cable from the Antlers.
years we had a party line with Strawberry, had to call "central" for
any call not within Raquette Lake and only had to dial four digits for local calls -
all this while the rest of the country already had touchtone service!
When we requested a second phone line in 1996 the installer said we already had
two - one dating from the 1940s. This was so amusing, remembering
the signals my parents had concocted from 1959 through
1965. Guests would drive to the Antlers dock and honk for my father to
come and pick them up in our boat. When there was a telephone message on
shore, Don Langham would raise a white flag on one of the dock pilings. Then Dad would
paddle over in our old Grumman canoe to use the phone at the Antlers Casino.
39 summers, Ralph served the
Church of the Transfiguration
in Blue Mountain Lake (1957-1995). He was appointed priest-in-charge in
1959. After retiring from St.
Andrew's Albany (1955-1975) he was asked by Bishop William Crittenden to serve as the first priest-in-charge
of another St. Andrew's, this time in Chapala, Mexico (1976-1989) during the winter months.
Our Baltimore friends,
the Rev. Lyman Farnham and his wife, Sue,
served Blue Mountain from 1996 until Barney's death in 2007.
Annual services at Good Shepherd resumed in 1959, with the Echo Camp Girls' Choir leading the music
for over 20 years, accompanied by the 1873
Estey pump organ. "...I was also in the choir and we went to the
little church in the middle of the lake one time during the summer and sang for
them...." [Echo camper]
From 1977-1995 two brass quintets from Baltimore,
Classic Brass and the Mount Vernon Brass Players, accompanied the
hymns at both Good Shepherd and Transfiguration as well as presenting concerts near the gazebo,
at Echo Camp, the Blue Mountain Arts Center and the Adirondack
In 2002 and again in 2007 we were privileged to have Michael
Salvatore from the Fenn School in Massachusetts as organist. He is a specialist in
pump organs similar to the 1873 Estey and made the little instrument sound as
though we were in a cathedral. In 2005 trumpet fanfares helped celebrate
the 125th anniversary.
1997, 1998 and
2001 to the present THE
REV NANCY ROSENBLUM
The Rev. Nancy Rosenblum
was mentored by Father Carmichael and, following her ordination,
served as a deacon in his parish, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Albany, New York.
Deacon Nancy was later the Canon Sacrist at the Episcopal Cathedral of All
Saints in Albany and continues to serve parishes in the Albany area as a Deacon
Assistant. She and her husband David spent many vacations at St. Hubert's Isle
as guests of the Carmichaels and are happy to continue their connection with
both the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Carmichael family.
The Rev. George Easter, Lyon
The Rev. Alan Macnab, Lake
The Rev. Dr. Pamela J. Lardear and the Rev. Garrie F. Stevens
Lake NY and Norwood NY