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Gerrish's Financial Supporters

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Benson Gray, May 3, 2018.

  1. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Rollin Thurlow has shared the story that Frank Hinckley “assisted Mr. Gerrish financally and otherwise in the first enterprise of revolutionizing canoes” as reported in the Bangor Daily Commercial newspaper on January 5th, 1942. This made me wonder if there was any close family connection to Ernest L. Hinckley who helped finance Edwin M. White's canoe business. I didn’t find one but it seems to have been a common name. Edwin’s brother’s first wife was named Susan M. Hinckley but she doesn’t seem to be closely related to the other two either.

    Mr. Gerrish must have been very personable because in 1903 he got some additional financial support from George Gardner Grennell who left him $25,000 in his will. A Moosehead lake guide named Edward G. Masterman also got an large amount of property which was worth even more. This was reported in the New York Times on September 16th and the Maine Woods newspaper on September 25th as shown below. George seems to have been quite an unusual character. He was born in 1837 and named Lawrance A. Benson then changed his name to George G. Grennell in 1875. His largest bequest was $200,000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His brother Benjamin L. Benson contested the will because he was only left $1000. I wonder how this all came to be and what the resolution was in the end.


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    Last edited: May 3, 2018

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