Sketch & Poem by Louis A. Heath [1948]
Image of Poem by Louis A. Heath

Sketch & Poem by Louis A. Heath [1948]

Descriptive Object

A picture affixed to a piece of poster board depicting the Railway Station at Pea Cove, which operated from the late 1860s until sometime between 1907 and 1911. Beneath the picture, there is a poem titled "Maine[']s Golden River," which laments the loss of the station and of local industry, as well as a hand-drawn picture. Poem and drawing are signed "Louis A. Heath, '48."

On the reverse side of the posterboard Heath wrote in clear, carefully-lettered cursive a message to the intended recipient of this handmade gift, "Warren Dority, the boy that snored out loud," and second poem, signed "In friendliness toward all men. Louis A. Heath." In the message to Mr. Dority Heath explains that the Pea Cove Station picture on the front side "is one [he] made during the years [he] worked for the Daily News;" and that "it has faded some - it was printed in the News." Heath was 78 when he made this gift, according to the reverse-side message. This identifies him as the engraver and illustrator Louis Alfred Heath (1870-1951). In 1906, Heath was employed in the Bangor Daily News Art Department.  The printed version of the drawing has not yet been identified. A typewritten transcription is enclosed with the object.