Down East April 1979

April 1979

The table of contents from the April 1979 issue of Down East.


Those Good Old Stagecoach and Tavern Days

In the nineteenth century, Mainers enjoyed an age of travel that was “expeditious, cheap, and commodious.” By Robert Deis.

Fishing for Gold in the Gulf of Maine

Sophisticated vessels and a new breed of fisherman to work them are dispelling clouds of gloom in Maine’s offshore fishery. By Bill Prosser.

The ‘Water Witch’ of Thomaston

Dowser Edgar Libby converts skeptics into true believers with his stainless-steel divining rod. By Des Fitzgerald.

Fine Feathered Visitors ‘From Away’

Maine islands play host to growing flocks of exotic birds. By Peter Randall.

Riffles, Rips, and Rapids

Beginning  this month, contestants from all over the Northeast rally to run Maine’s rushing rivers. Photographs by George Riley.


Room With A View

The only way to get even with nature, as any sensible person knows, is to write something extreme about it, and to hell with accuracy. By Caskie Stinnett.

For the Record

New Hope for the Chestnut

Traveling Down

Vacation Study Programs Throng the Summer Scene

North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.

Down East Bookshelf

The Maine Massacre by Janwillem van de Wetering

Outdoor Maine

Fast Open-Water Angling Predicted this Spring

I Remember

My Little White Schoolhouse

Cover: “Boat and Church” (13″ x 9″), acrylic on masonite, by Roger W. Ellenberger, depicting the schooner, Savannah, abuilding at the David Clark Shipyard in Kennebunkport at the turn of the century. Mr. Ellenberger’s work is on display year round in his gallery at Kennebunk Lower Village.