the rod and gun

lwr&gLake Windermere Rod and Gun centennial poster. 

The above Lake Windermere Rod and Gun poster caught my eye (not difficult as it was designed by Lisa). The poster is for their annual Banquet and Dance. This year the club is celebrating their 100 years anniversary of being in existence. To my knowledge they are the second oldest club in the Windermere Valley

The Rod and Gun does many worthwhile environmental projects throughout the valley and also espouses and teaches ethical hunting, fishing and gun safety to local youth and adults.

The picture on the poster is of A.M. Chisholm. I believe he was one of the founding members of the Rod and Gun.

Mr. Chisholm is posing with his very alert dog, which looks like a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The photo looks to have been taken at Tayton’s Bay on the shore of Lake Windermere in Invermere. 

Mr. Chisholm was a well read author and wrote several novels that were widely published at the time.

big rivers.jpgOne of Mr. Chisholm’s books, saved by my father.

My father, I believe, looked up to Mr. Chisholm and his writing prowess, as he kept one of his books until his death. He passed the book onto me along with many others. The book’s title is, The Land of Big Rivers. It was published in 1924, by Chelsea House of New York City.

In the photo on the poster Mr. Chisholm is cradling a double barrelled shotgun. It is the same shotgun my grandfather purchased from him. The shotgun was then handed down to my father.

By the time I came along the shotgun was no longer used, having been declared , ‘too old’, by my father. However, tho’ I never shot the gun, I was shot by it. . . and more than once. 

In a display of unsafe gun handling, my older brother would load it with nickels and shoot them at me. I would be told by my mother to go downstairs and call my brother for supper. I’d call from the top of the stairs and he wouldn’t answer, then I’d go down stairs, open his bedroom door and be looking down two large barrels. In hindsight, I am grateful he never mistook a nickel for a shot gun cartridge, which were everywhere in our house. My brother thought it was the funniest thing, and it was for that day and age.

wynanneMy sisters, Wynanne (tallest) and Deb (smiling, middle) with cousins Lloyd and Valerie after a successful duck hunt. Wynanne is holding the same shotgun.

My father handed the antique shotgun onto my Brother-In-Law Tim’s very capable hands. Also fitting as my sister Wynanne may have been the only one to ever fire the gun.

All the very best to the Lake Windermere Rod and Gun Club on their centennial.

7 thoughts on “the rod and gun

    1. underswansea

      Hi Jim, I think the dance is only for members. My Father and Grandfather were members but I gave up my rifle a couple decades ago for a camera. Lisa and I are donating a framed print for the auction though. Bob

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  1. Anonymous

    Growing up, the whole family looked forward to the Rod & Gun Big Game Dinner, for many different reasons. Mostly, we all enjoyed seeing old friends and sharing a laugh, and while the adults drank and smoked and visited, we kids ran wild. It was there a boy snapped my first bra, much to my horror, and there that I sampled some of the stinkiest, most gamey meat I’ve ever experienced. I gave up bras and wild game shortly thereafter.
    By the way, I love this picture. Wynanne has a firm grip on me, while Lloyd looks like he’s going to do anything to get control of that gun!


    1. underswansea

      Hi Deb, I always wondered why you burned your bra. I loved your memories. Also love the picture of you and Wynanne. I bet Mom had to let you dress yourself judging from how stylish you are. Bob


  2. Julie@frogpondfarm

    Hey Bob .. another post I so enjoyed! Yes I’m sure that is a Chesapeake retriever. A friend of ours used to own a couple. Such wonderful dogs! Love the photo of your sisters and cousins. And that story about the shotgun, heck I’m really pleased your brother never got the cartridge and nickels mixed up! 😃 Great poster Lisa!


    1. underswansea

      Hi Julie, thank you for your comments. Yes Chesapeake’s are great dogs. Very strong swimmers and will fetch ducks until the last one is brought in. I also love the photo of my sisters and cousins. It looks like they had a lot of ducks to dress and eat. Lisa says ‘thanks’! Glad you stopped by. Take care. Bob

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