FLINT’S CAMPS—AT THE JUNCTION OF THE BIG AND LITTLE MAGALLOWAY

A PARADISE FOR NATURE LOVERS IN THE MAINE WOODS

 

F. Perley Flint was born in Bethel, Maine in 1873. His parents were Frederick A. and Lucinda (Bennett) Flint.

Deep in the heart of the Maine wilderness the subject of this sketch has created a haven for world-weary folk and sportsmen.  Bosebuck Camps nestle near the base of old Bosebuck Mountain, at the forks of the Big and Little Magalloway.

Very few opportunities were available for Mr. Flint to secure schooling when young, but by self-application and association with good books he has acquired a liberal education. A keen student of nature, he translates with ease the secrets of the great out-of-doors.

He married Miss Maenette Littlehale in 1903 and they have two daughters, Mrs. Theodore Hewey and Miss Marguerite Flint.

In his early life Mr. Flint was a guide and his love of the forests and streams and his appreciation of the health and happiness that go hand-in-hand with them, prompted him to start Bosebuck Camps in a humble way twenty years ago (1911). Success has accompanied his hard work and honest endeavor and now 24 fine and substantial log cabins with all modern equipment and facilities make up the camp.

On the shore of the river, among the towering pines and giant yellow birch of another era, these cabins cluster with the magnificent panorama of the distant hills before them. Small wonder that from May 15 to November 15 of each year guests from Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and many sections of the middle west return to this paradise for fishing, hunting and refreshment of soul.

 

End of 1931 Bosebuck Article

 

 

 

Address of Bosebuck Mountain Camps today is 2013 Parmachenee Road, Lynchtown, Maine

The current owners  (2012) of Bosebuck Mountain Camps tell this story of the Flint’s ownership of the camps extract from their Website

 

Bosebuck Mountain Camps began as a single building, constructed by Roland Ripley, son of Percy Ripley, the first caretaker of the Aziscohos Dam.  Shortly after the lake was formed by the dam construction in 1912, he asked for permission to build a camp at the head of the new lake, but the landowners denied his request.  Instead he built on what was then public land known as Lynchtown.  Ownership of this first camp was later transferred to Fawn Littlehale who built a second camp and began the first “sporting camp” operations under the name of “Bosebuck Lodge”. In 1918 F. Perley Flint bought a one half interest in the camps and together he and Fawn ran the camp for a year. 

Perley took sole ownership in 1919 and operated the camp until his death in 1951.  His daughter Marguerite ran the facility until 1964, selling to the Baron family.

F. Perley Flint’s Bosebuck Camps

Folklore and the Appeal of Rustic Sporting Life

1931 Special Edition of the Oxford County Citizen

Yellow pin marks the location of Bosebuck Camps—about 13 miles north of Wilson’s Mills.

Marguerite had married Freeland Clark who died in November 1959.  Marguerite (Peggy) later married Ed (Mike) Quinn; their home was on the Bog Road where they had a beautiful view of the valley and operated Ed’s Railroadiana Museum.

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RECENT COMMENTS AND ADDITIONS TO THIS ARTICLE:

 

March 2012

 

Stella Eames worked (cooked) at Bosebuck Camps before moving to Bethel. She had also worked at Grants Camps—same area.  Betsy Foster

 

My grandmother, Sadie Robertson, worked at Bosebuck Camps for many years as a baker. Boy, could she make good bread. I think that is where I got my love for baking, although I don’t do it anymore. Victoria Robertson

 

Was up to Bosebuck for a few days last summer. Has not changed much. Talked to a couple who had flown in from Rangeley for dinner there.  $250 for the flight up, dinner, and the flight back! And it was meatloaf for dinner. Expensive meatloaf. Betsy Foster