"Rumney, New Hampshire (pop. 1,400) is a quiet little town nestled along the Pemigewasset River Valley. A century ago. the dense timber of the surrounding White Mountains made it a prominent logging center. That same abundance of quality hardwood once made the town famous for something else, too. For a period during and after World War I, little Rumney...was the world's biggest producer of wooden crutches....In time, cheaper, foreign-made aluminum crutches displaced Rumney, and ultimately killed off its sole industry.''
From The New England Notebook, by Ted Reinstein (2013)