Donn Conner

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Donn Conner was born in Rye, New York back in 1926.  In 1939, for some reason he was separated from his family during a storm near the summit of Maine’s Mount Katahdin.  His disappearance set off a massive manhunt for the twelve-year-old.

He survived for 9 days without food, or proper clothing.  He came upon a stream and followed it until he saw a telephone line.  Following that line, he came out of the woods near Stacyville, Maine near a hunting camp thirty-five miles from the place he had gone missing.  Sixteen pounds lighter, covered in insect bites and having lost most of his clothing due to the weight loss he was finally rescued. 

He credited his survival as his experience as a Boy Scout in helping him to survive.  He later wrote a book about his experience.  Donn Conner Fendler’s book which became a Maine children’s classic outlines his harrowing experience during those nine days.  After his rescue President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented him with the Army & Navy Legion of Valor’s annual medal. 

For the next 70 years he would visit he was called on to recount his story.  in 2014, Governor Paul LePage declared the day “Donn Fendler Day”.   Sadly, he died in 2016 he was 90.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Much more of a wilderness guy than me! Enjoy your day!

Aug 03, 2017 04:10 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  This was quite a survival story and a good thing that he remembered his boy scout training.

Aug 03, 2017 04:40 AM #2
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Training in Boy Scouts survival skills served him very well.

Aug 03, 2017 05:08 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He might have been the first on the TV show Naked and Afraid.

Aug 03, 2017 05:18 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I'm a huge believer in the skills taught by both the Boy and Girl Scouts... and Donn is a perfect example of this.

Aug 03, 2017 05:40 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Donald Urschalitz answered it!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 03, 2017 06:22 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Boy Scout training always comes in handy for boys and men.  Thanks for sharing this one with us.

Aug 03, 2017 06:29 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

The moral of this story, never give up on yourself James Dray 

Aug 03, 2017 06:40 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning James - being a Boy Scout really does prepare you for what Donn endured.

Aug 03, 2017 06:44 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What a terrific read this morning. How very strong he was.

Aug 03, 2017 06:46 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Living to be 90 especially with that youtful experience is not sad to me. I bet after 12 he had a great life.

Aug 03, 2017 06:48 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story, and I am glad that he survived to tell the story and lived a great life.  A

Aug 03, 2017 08:58 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what a wonderful story and I'm glad to see that he lived to be 90!  

Aug 03, 2017 04:44 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great Friday and an outstanding weekend.

Aug 04, 2017 03:52 AM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, what an feat for a 12 year old.  Along we all the trials he met along the way, it had to be a scary, frightening 9 days.  And can you imagine the hunger.

Aug 05, 2017 04:59 PM #15
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