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Dalton-Loines family papers

Identifier: ARL-082

Scope and Contents

Family photographs, papers, ephemera and deeds of the Dalton and Loines families. The bulk of materials focus on camps and lakehouses in the Northwest Bay of Lake George, NY.


  • Creation: 1868 - 1996


Biographical / Historical

The Loines Family were ardent conservationists in Lake George, New York. Stephen Loines began to acquire land parcels in the Northwest Bay region of Lake George in the 1890s and eventually amassed 2400 acres, including two miles of shoreline that extended from Walker Bay to the western shoreline of Tongue Mountain. Many of these parcels were sold or given to the state of New York to remain forever wild. The Loines built their Lake George home, the Quarterdeck, in 1899 approximately five miles north of the town of Bolton Landing on the western shoreline of Northwest Bay.

Stephen Loines. Born circa 1846, died January 15, 1919 at the age of 73. He worked for the marine insurance company of Johnson and Higgins, based in New York City or Brooklyn. He attended Swarthmore College. The family residence was located in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Hillard Loines. Born in England in 1844, died in 1943 in Winter Park, FL. She was a leader in the Women’s suffrage movement , and in the conservation movement at Lake George. She was a close ally of John Apperson and frequently corresponded with him.

Russell Loines. Born in 1874. Died in 1922. He had two daughters, Barbara and Margaret (also called Margot). Barbara married Theodore Dreier. He was a maritime lawyer who attended Harvard Law School, established the Dongan Hall school on Staten Island, and wrote poetry.

Hilda Loines. Born in 1878, died in 1969. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and was a founder of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She was a renowned horticulturist and cultivated a fabulous garden at the Quarterdeck.

Elma Loines. Born in 1882, died in 1983. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College. She wrote a book called the China Trade Post Bag about her grandparents’ correspondence of their experiences as sea captain and captain’s wife at the height of the tall ship trade with China. She was also a musician and was a founder of the Master School of Music in Brooklyn that became the Julliard School of Music.

William Dalton. Born in 1869, died in 1968. He lived in Schenectady and was chief engineer of the American Locomotive Company, known as ALCO. He was a consulting engineer to General Electric.

Sylvia Loines Dalton. Born in 1885, died in Florida in 1974. She was an adventurous person who enjoyed winter sports and driving sports cars. She was an ardent conservationist and friend of John Apperson. She married William Dalton in 1929 after his first wife died.


12 Boxes

5.93 Cubic Feet

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Series I, Documents, 1899-1976. Series II, Photographs, 1868-1996. Series III, Ephemera, 1920-1960.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of materials were donated by Sylvia Rogal Pope in multiple accessions between September 2019 and September 2022. Guestbook was donated by Phyllis Modley in 2022.

Related Materials

For further information into land transactions in Lake George, please see the John Apperson Jr. papers (ARL-012).

Guide to the Dalton-Loines family papers
Matthew Golebiewski
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Repository Details

Part of the Adirondack Research Library Repository

897 St. David's Lane
Niskayuna NY 12309