Nellie Garnet Dunbar Badger Staves
Tupper Lake, NY
Nellie was born in West Danville, VT in 1917 and grew up on Walden Mountain. She married Bernard Badger, who was the foreman for the U.S. Bobbin Shuttle Company's logging operations but she claims it was the experience of growing up in the wilds of Walden Mountain, without electricity, without indoor plumbing and without central heating that enabled her to enjoy her life as cook in a logging camp. At an early age she had learned to love the woods and found she would rather go hunting, fishing and trapping than wash the dishes for her eleven brothers and sisters. After working in the logging camp at both Lowell and Victory, Vermont, the U.S. Bobbin Shuttle Company moved Nellie and her husband to Long Lake, New York to continue their logging operations. Since that time Nellie has been actively involved in fish and wildlife management, in fish and game clubs, as a trapper/ hunter safety instructor and as President of the Adirondack Conservation Council.
Nellie describes cooking and life at a logging camp.