May 23, 2019

Warden identified

The warden shown with Gov. Baxter in the Oct. 30 edition of the BDN is David C. Priest, warden supervisor from Winn.

Gov. Baxter liked Dave and Dave would chauffeur him when the governor made his rounds in Baxter Park.

He appears on page 85 of the book “An Honest Woodsman” by William J. Warren.

I know Dave Priest from the early 1960s. I used to get him to bow-up the beaver dams when they blocked culverts on our roads. I was a young forester working out of Mattawamkeag for International Paper Co. then. I also hunted bobcat with him. He was the best warden Maine ever produced. He wasn’t eager to pinch you if you made an honest mistake – he gave you a good lecture-education instead.

He retired in 1971. He has since died, along with his wife, Lillian.

Russell Hovencamp


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