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“Hi-N-Dri”

 
 
“Hi-N-Dri” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 14, 2019
1. “Hi-N-Dri” Marker
Inscription.  
At Brooks Bay, home of
Ira “Adirondack Ike” Gray
1886-1982
noted woodsman, author
community-minded individual
Town of Day

 
Erected 2000 by Saratoga 2000 and the Town of Day.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 43° 16.905′ N, 73° 57.756′ W. Marker is in Day, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on West Mountain Road (County Route 10) south of South Shore Road (County Route 7), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located directly in front of the subject house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 996 West Mountain Road, Hadley NY 12835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Conklingville Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Conklingville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lynwood Church (approx. 3 miles away); Day Center (approx. 3.2 miles away); Day Center Town Cemetery
“Hi-N-Dri” Marker<br>(<i>wide view • "Adirondack Ike" home in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 14, 2019
2. “Hi-N-Dri” Marker
(wide view • "Adirondack Ike" home in background)
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(approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Town Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away); Dam Built 1930 (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Day.
 
Regarding “Hi-N-Dri”.
Adirondack Ike, as he preferred to be called, lived with his mother, Julia, and stepfather, Charles Brooks, on the South Shore Road in the Town of Day, in the area known as Brooks Bay. Ike built a house for his mother and it was later moved up from the river. Behind the house Ike built a small camp on Daley Creek and called it HI-N-DRY. This trapper, woodsman and author of several Adirondack books, left behind this reason for such a long life: Don’t smoke, don’t drink and don’t work inside. Adirondack Ike's home still stands on Daley Creek.

At the Washington's Birthday meeting of the Saratoga Battle Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, on February 20, 1981, a discussion was held regarding one of the more colorful individuals that they had ever had as a chapter member. Ira Gray, "Adirondack Ike" to all, wrote that he was now age 94 and confined to a nursing home at a cost of $600 per month. Because of this, he was unable to meet his dues requirement of $17. A motion was passed to have the chapter take care of his dues for him.
 
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 Ira “Adirondack Ike" Gray. Find A Grave website entry (Submitted on August 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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May. 26, 2022