During our recent visit to Dorset, Bogie, Larry Rublee and I met with Wilma Jean Nickason who generously loaned us an envelope full of wonderful old photos of the camp, campers, directors and activities stretching back to the Camp’s founding in 1910.
Larry has scanned all of them and where there was information on the back, included it for use with the captions you will find on each.
In some cases we have no information and the picture is simply listed as Image #. If you have more information about any of these shots, let me know and I will add it to the site. Be sure to note which photo you are referencing by the title.
Rogers – Clarke holiday card
Pierce (Snitzy) Snider 1943
Pierce (Snitzy) Snider 1943
Otter Lake from Sandy Beach
Olga Crewson – daughter of Bill and Jessie and mother of Wilma Jean and her dog Bounce 1922
Mrs Showacre, Dick, Jim, Betty. Her husband was camp doctor in the early years.
Mr and Mrs CVP Young and Gene Bennett 1910 First year of Camp Otter
Marion, Carolyn, Libby, with Rachel Rogers as she marries Bernie, with Keith, Kathy Clarke
Margaret Showacre – early 1930’s
L-R Pinky Lake, Jack Huber, Harry Poole, Carl Huber, Brad Fisk (Checking for links to Park Huber)
L-R (holding fish) Norman Stagg, Mr Bloomfield, Jim Wright, Bill Dugan, Bill Crewson 1920
Jessie, Bill, Bruce Crewson 1918
Jessie Crewson, Capt Jones, Bruce 1919
Jessie and Olga Crewson
Ina Hammond, Olga Crewson, Delia (Burk) Simmons at Main Lodge
Image 28 Tents preceded cabins.
Image 27 Campers with counselor
Image 26 Group of campers
Image 24 Might be Olga
Image 19 Looks like Sandy Beach. Bill and Jessie first lived there before moving to farm site owned by Jessie’s parents
Camp swim dock and tower with slide
Group of campers with tent
Earlier swim tower
Tower and camp sailboat
Campers going or coming from trip…lots of bare feet
Group of campers in woods
Image 6 Now we know why there were so few fish in the lake when we were there.
Image 3 Early water view of waterfront…note shaded area on left and tilted swim tower.
Image 2 – Might be clearing Sandy Beach area
Hughie McEchern (Jessie’s brother, paddle and canoe maker) 1962
Hector, Alan, Luella McEachern, Jessie McGarvah
Harry and Bert Winters (sitting 2nd, 3rd from left) We think they might be related to Dick Winters who attended in late 50s and whose parents had a cottage on the Lake.
Dr and Mrs Kerr, Cynthia and Bruce 1922
Dorset Regatta 1953 with big crowds
Delia Simmons, Olga Crewson 1938
Crewsons – Marion, Bill Jr, Jessie, Jack, Sadie (Bruce’s wife)
EB White with campers. Articles about Otter and White appear elsewhere on the site and include this shot.
Clearing the baseball field at Sandy Beach
Campers and counselor
Camp Otter main lodge 1916
Bruce, Olga and Jack Crewson 1926 The barn still stands.
Bill Crewson preparing barn for basement 1921
Bill Crewson in front of camp office 1917
Bill Crewson canoe instruction 1942 Similar photos show the same as much as two decades later.
Bill and Jesse Crewson, Mary Sutton
Annie and Bessie Reid, Bruce and Olga Crewson 1922