Within three years they had moved to Chicago , and then St. Paul, Minnesota. His father died of pneumonia when he was about three years old. Rutstrum dropped out of school in the seventh grade at age Soon after that he began his working and adventuring life. Before the age of 12 he had spent weeks traveling on it with his friends, often riding log booms.
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Calvin Rutstrum From The Wilderness Cabin by Calvin Rutstrum The cabin as a distinct American style, or as a means to a unique and rewarding way of life, is apparently here to stay. Its simple, elemental form in our complex modern civilization has retained its color and its meaning. It persists as one of the best of our living traditions.
We have retained much of the picturesque quality of the early cabins and some of their structural principles. Here the similarity seems to end. Paul with his parents in Rutstrum worked as a cowboy in Montana in the early s, a medical corpsman in the Marine Corps, real estate and automobile salesman in Minneapolis in the early s, and as a detective investigating bank robberies for the American Banking Association from Paul newspapers and was director of wilderness camping at Lake Hubert Camps.
He was a columnist for the Osceola Sun Wisconsin from the late s to With Sigurd F. Olson, he and other conservationists campaigned successfully to restrict airplane travel across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota in the s. Rutstrum authored fifteen books on wilderness camping, nature, and canoeing.
Minnesota adventurer Calvin Rutstrum isn't well-known, but his disciples are legion
Books by Calvin Rutstrum