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Leatherman, June 9, 1885

The Leatherman (ca. 18331889) was a vagabond of unconfirmed identity who traveled a circuit between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers from 1858-1889. Residing in rock shelters and "leatherman caves" as they are locally now known,[1] he stopped at towns along his 365 mile loop once every 34 days for food and supplies.[2] He was dubbed the "Leatherman" as his entire adornment, from hat, scarf, clothes to shoes were handmade of leather.[3] 1833 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... A vagabond is a generally poor itinerant person. ... The Connecticut River as seen from the French King Bridge in western Massachusetts. ... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... 1858 (MDCCCLVIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A rock shelter is a shallow cave-like opening at the base of a bluff or cliff. ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows. ...


Fluent in French, he communicated mostly with grunts and gestures, rarely using his broken English. When asked of his background, he would abruptly end the conversation.[4] [5] Upon his death, among his possessions was found a French prayerbook.[3] [5]


It is unknown how he earned money, although one store kept a record of his order, "one loaf of bread, a can of sardines, one-pound of fancy crackers, a pie, two quarts of coffee, one gill of brandy and a bottle of beer".[3] [6] Reliable in his rounds, people would have extra food ready for him, which he often ate on their doorsteps.[5] [7]

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Health

The Leatherman survived blizzards and other foul weather by heating his rock shelters with fire. The Connecticut Humane Society had him arrested and hospitalized in 1888, which resulted in a diagnosis of "sane except for an emotional affliction" and release, as he had money and desired freedom. His ultimate demise was from cancer of the mouth due to tobacco use.[6] [3] His body was found March, 1889 in his Saw Mill Woods cave, Sing, Sing, NY.[4] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A humane society is a group that aims to stop animal and human suffering due to cruelty or other reasons. ... 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis. ...


Grave

Located at the Sparta Cemetery, Route 9, Scarborough, NY. U.S. Route 9 is a north-south United States highway in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York in the United States. ...


Tombstone

FINAL RESTING PLACE OF
Jules Bourglay
OF LYONS, FRANCE
"THE LEATHER MAN"
who regularly walked a 365 mile route
through Westchester and Connecticut from
the Connecticut River to the Hudson
living in caves in the years
1858-1889

Controversy

Although the Leatherman's tombstone reads, "Final resting place of Jules Bourglay of Lyons, France, 'The Leather Man'…", and he is identified with that name in many accounts [1], according to researcher Dan W. DeLuca, this name first appeared in a story published in the Waterbury Daily American, August 16, 1884, but was later retracted March 25, 26 and 27, 1889 and also in The Meriden Daily Journal, March 29, 1889.[2] [7] August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in leap years). ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (89th in Leap years). ...


Towns visited

[4]

  • Brewster
  • North Salem
  • Ridgefield
  • Branchville
  • Georgetown
  • Redding
  • Danbury
  • Bridgewater
  • Waterbury
  • Forestville
  • New Britain
  • Saybrook
  • Guilford
  • Branford
  • New Haven
  • Stratford
  • Bridgeport
  • Norwalk
  • New Canaan
  • Stamford
  • Greenwich
  • White Plains
  • Armonk
  • Chappaqua, Ossining
  • Mount Kisco
  • Bedford Hills
  • Pound Ridge
  • Yorktown
  • Peekskill
  • Somers

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References

  1. ^ Mattatuck State Forest (retrieved July 21, 2006)
  2. ^ a b c Hudson Valley Ruins (retrieved July 21, 2006)
  3. ^ a b c d Samantha Hunt, Jules Bourglay, Notable Walker. (retrieved July 21, 2006)
  4. ^ a b c History of Redding (retrieved July 21, 2006)
  5. ^ a b c NY Hudson Valley (retrieved July 21, 2006)
  6. ^ a b Canning, Jeff and Wally Buxton, History of the Tarrytowns, Harbor Hill Books 1975
  7. ^ a b Research by Dan W. DeLuca (retrieved July 21, 2006)
  • The Legend of the Old Leatherman

 
 

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