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Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby, ca. 1890

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A studio portrait of Cornelia Thurza "Fly Rod" Crosby from a photograph album entitled "Maine Views." Most of the photographs in the album were taken by Edwin R. Starbird, a commercial photographer specializing in Maine woods views.

Born and raised in Philips in 1854, Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby was a writer, fly fisher, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast who worked for the Maine Central Railroad promoting the sporting life in Maine at the turn of the century.

She held the first Maine Guide license issued and allegedly was the the first woman to legally shoot a caribou in Maine and rumored to have shot against Annie Oakley in a sharpshooting competition. Her column "Fly Rod's Note Book" was syndicated throughout the Eastern United States. She died in 1946.

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