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The Call of Katahdin Paperback – November, 2003

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The Call of Katahdin was released on Ed Werler's 90th birthday; but, writing a book has been just one of many activities in his busy life.

Ed spent over 30 years in service to the State of Maine, and that commitment continues. In the past few years he has made plaques for all of Maine's state parks and memorials. Each plaque features a slate outline of the state mounted on cedar, with the location of the speicifc park or memorial marked and the managers of that location listed.

Ed has also spent much time cataloging the photographs of, and caring for the paintings of, well-known Maine artist Maurice (Jake) Day. Jake Day's widow became Ed's second wife after he, too lost his first spouse.


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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Cranberry Knoll Pubns (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096147372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961473723
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,733,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Anderson on June 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
In 1947, when Ed Werler and his wife Mary Jane, along with their two dogs, Pepper and Mickey, arrived in Maine from Connecticut, they knew that this is where they wanted to be.
Although his goal was to own or operate a sporting camp in Maine, he took a job as a fire tower watchman on Daicey Mountain so that he could be closer to the area he wanted to live in.
As it turned out, he never did own a sporting camp, and it was years before he got the chance to operate one, and that was for only one season.
While the reality differed somewhat from the dream, as often happens, Ed was able to raise his family in one of the most beautiful places on the planet - the Katahdin area of Maine.
The Call of Katahdin: Life in Werler's Woods is the story of the almost thirteen years that Ed and MJ Werler were to spend in this area, from 1947 to 1960, when he accepted a position as Park Manager at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth and moved south.
Told in a simple, clear and compelling story-telling manner, Werler's account is a 176 page chronicle of his life here, from his summers on Daicey Mountain, his winters in Stacyville, and his move from Daicey Mountain to the park service as a Park Ranger for Baxter State Park, including a move to Smith Pond in the fall of 1956.
His stories of Katahdin area places and people who he had come to know, his record of a simpler but harder time, and his tales of the North Woods in general should appeal to anyone.
As a student of history, I loved it. As someone who may have been born and raised in the Katahdin area, perhaps even related to some of the characters contained in this book, I think you'll enjoy it.
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