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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, March 18, 1962, Image 117

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When Mr. Davit tits on thj» porch of hit cabin, he
looks out over Hosmer Pondto the mountain beyond.
Lt. Comdr. Robert L. Davis, jr.,
who was stationed at Rockland,
Me. And, of course, that’s how
the Maine cabin idea got started.
Mr. Davis found a marvelous
site. It is just two miles out of
Camden, which is near Rock
port, and nestles in the woods
beside Hosmer Pond, which is
really a small lake.
His land is filled with giant
trees, a small brook and a cabin
with a porch overlooking the
lakes. And to make matters even
better, his 8-acre tract backs up
against a ski recreation area
owned by the city of Camden.
Gives him protection on all
“I found I liked the woods
and the work of getting the
cabin in condition again. I
liked to listen to the birds sing
ing in the woods, and to feel I
had accomplished something at
the end of the day,” he says.
“I’ve cleared a road into the
place, brought in electric power,
screened the porch and cut a
lot of brush out of the woods.
“And I’m just beginning.
I've got some beautiful elms,
and there’s one spot I’m clear
ing out for my son to build a
cabin. Then I’m going to fix a
sand beach for swimming."
Mr. Davis, who lives at 48 E
street N.W. when he is in town,
bought the cabin without see
ing it. He paid $2,000 for it and
land immediately adjoining,
then later added more land. Not
counting his own labor, he fig-
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Mr. Davis, who went
A north, instead of south, to
1 retire, enjoys the fire
place in his Maine cabin.
ures he has about $5,000 in
vested in the property.
He is likely to grow lyrical
about the Maine woods. “Why, I
wake up to bird songs,” he says.
"And there are deer and all
kinds of small animals about my
Mr. Davis says he has learned
the art of working in the woods.
He’s learned that you have to
take things slowly. You can’t
chop down a tree all at once, at
least, not at his age.
“When I saw up a tree, I’ll
saw a little, then I’ll rest a little,
or carry away what I’ve sawed.
That way. I'm never very tired
at the end of the day."
One thing troubles him for
the present. Just when he got
the cabin in really good shape,
his son was transferred to Ha
waii. That leaves him alone in
Maine during the summer.
“But I’ve got enough to do
until Bob gets back home," he
says. “When he finishes his Ha
waii duty, 1 expect we’ll start
on that cabin of his. Meanwhile,
I’ll keep at it"
Mr. Davis says that when the
winter days in Washington are
bright and warm, he is sorry
that he isn’t in Maine. The drive
takes only about 18 hours, and
the route includes parkways
most of the distance.
“What I’d like is company
during the summer,” he says. “I
believe I’ve got the, vacation
spot of the country, and I’d like
others to see it, too."
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