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  • Gerald Argetsinger
    I m not completely certain that DB had a house in Bend, Oregon. My mother said that when our family (I would have been 5 or 6 -- only vague memories) would
    Message 1 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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      I'm not completely certain that DB had a "house" in Bend, Oregon. My
      mother said that when our family (I would have been 5 or 6 -- only vague
      memories) would drive over to visit him, there was no place for the our
      family of four and DB to be together. She would usually take care of my
      brother and me while my dad and DB spent the day together. She even
      mentioned that it was not unusual for the two of them to spend much of
      their time at a hotel.

      Jerry
    • TJMarkle@cs.com
      To my knowledge DB never built his own home. I will be in Carmel this month to check a few things out but I was told that he vagabonded thru Carmel area
      Message 2 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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        To my knowledge DB never built his own home. I will be in Carmel this month
        to check a few things out but I was told that he "vagabonded" thru Carmel
        area numerous times and resided in several different homes there. The
        Vagabond House Bed/Breakfast was merely a place he stayed, reportedly for
        several years, which might be a record for him. I know nothing of fires,
        etc., but will re-read Vagabonds house if thats where you are getting the
        reference from...TJ
      • Keith Emmons
        TJ, I don t believe he ever built a house either. I think he was too restless to actually wait for a house to be built. The house in Carmel is the only one I
        Message 3 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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          TJ,

          I don't believe he ever built a house either. I think he was too
          restless to actually wait for a house to be built. The house in Carmel
          is the only one I know of for sure that he owned. (for 4 years)

          Keith


          tjmarkl-@... wrote:
          original article:http://www.egroups.com/group/aloha-donblanding/?start=
          242
          > To my knowledge DB never built his own home. I will be in Carmel
          this month
          > to check a few things out but I was told that he "vagabonded" thru
          Carmel
          > area numerous times and resided in several different homes there.
          The
          > Vagabond House Bed/Breakfast was merely a place he stayed, reportedly
          for
          > several years, which might be a record for him. I know nothing of
          fires,
          > etc., but will re-read Vagabonds house if thats where you are getting
          the
          > reference from...TJ
        • Keith Emmons
          I don t have the copy of Songs o the Seven senses anymore, as I borrowed it from the library... I should have made a photocopy of Farewell to Vagabond s
          Message 4 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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            I don't have the copy of 'Songs o the Seven senses' anymore, as I
            borrowed it from the library... I should have made a photocopy of
            'Farewell to Vagabond's House', but I didn't. I'm pretty sure he
            mentions a fire, but now I'm not so sure. But I do have an article
            somewhere which mentions a fire, and doesn't "A Talisman" mention
            losing his house... I'm at work, so I will have to wait until I get
            home to check up on this...
            Keith
          • MauiBandB@aol.com
            Black Point is at the base of Diamond Head on the outskirt of Kahala. It has beautiful ocean views. Doris Duke s home was there as well as others. Fancy yet
            Message 5 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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              Black Point is at the base of Diamond Head on the outskirt of Kahala. It has
              beautiful ocean views. Doris Duke's home was there as well as others. Fancy
              yet avantgarde neighborhood in the 30's-40's still is a very desirable era.

              aloha
              Tom
            • MauiBandB@aol.com
              Maili Yardley Still alive and lives on Kauai. She knew him though not well.
              Message 6 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                Maili Yardley

                Still alive and lives on Kauai. She knew him though not well.
              • TJMarkle@cs.com
                So thats what I was looking at when I hiked up the top of Diamond Head and looked down........
                Message 7 of 18 , Feb 2, 2000
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                  So thats what I was looking at when I hiked up the top of Diamond Head and
                  looked down........
                • John Roemer
                  My Armine von Tempski research turned up this description of early days at Vagabond House. It s from a Nov. 22, 1937 letter von Tempski sent to a relative from
                  Message 8 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                    My Armine von Tempski research turned up this description of early
                    days at Vagabond House. It's from a Nov. 22, 1937 letter von Tempski
                    sent to a relative from the home in Manhattan Beach she shared with
                    her husband, Al Ball:

                    "Last Monday, a week ago, old Don Blanding arrived here and had us
                    out to dinner. Don's one of our dearest and truest friends, when were
                    were bust last summer he paid our gas to Taos and had us for seven
                    weeks. Anyway he just bought a house in Carmel and begged us to go up
                    with him and take possession of it. So we weakened and did it, taking
                    our writing along. It's a heavenly old place, two storeys high with
                    pine and oaks nestling about it. You know how lovely Carmel is. The
                    house is perfect, old, and seems to put invisible arms around you. We
                    arrived at mid-night, friends had had the utilities turned on, so we
                    built up a roaring fire and a nice old actor friend of Don's arrived
                    with four cans of beer and some cheese and crackers to hourse-warm it
                    with us.

                    "After being there a week Don begged us to come and stay with him for
                    a month, including Xmas and New Year's. We were kanalua [hesitant]
                    about it as we want to keep at work, but he said if ONLY we'd come --
                    he's the world's loneliest man -- that he'd get a slavy to clean
                    house and wash dishes for me and do the heavy cooking. I'm to run the
                    Commissary, have carte blanch about food etc. The upstairs which is
                    to be ours is heavenly! A great front room with three solid sides of
                    glass, a tiny bathroom and hale [commode] and -- a guest room -- of
                    our own! Don's having puunes put in for us, and we're taking up our
                    Navajo rugs, brass candlesticks and a few juggers to give our own
                    feeling. His room and workroom is down stairs, so we won't get in
                    each other's hair while we're working. The kitchen is a great
                    sprawling old room with dishes on the wall and slews of windows and a
                    silly sort of ship-gangway staircase leading to our 'Penthouse'. Talk
                    about writers under eaves!

                    "We had a lovely week, wrote five hours, lunched then walked for
                    miles, in the evening built up a roaring fire and Don read aloud to
                    us. Saturday night Poli [Armine's brother Errol] joined us and we
                    went to thge lovliest home of some oldish actor friends of Don's.
                    Sunday, after a swell breakfast we four set off and tramped for miles
                    and miles through the pine forests and along the dazzling beach where
                    seals were sporting, and sandpipers with twinkling feet skittered
                    along just out of reach of the waves. I cooked up a grand kanaka
                    [hearty] stew for supper, cabbage etc and Don and Poli cleaned it all
                    up. Don had a cold so I gave him a rub, fed him a thumping toddy and
                    put him to bed. We sat up till midnight, then Poli had to go home. We
                    left Monday (yesterday) about ten and talk of autumn. The Salinas
                    River valley looked like a torrent of gold. All the cottonwoods,
                    willows and sycamores were ablaze. ....we lost a day going and coming
                    but I wouldn't have missed the fun of warming Vagabond's House!"
                  • tjmarkle@earthlink.net
                    ... From: John Roemer Sent: Oct 13, 2003 12:19 PM To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond
                    Message 9 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                      From: John Roemer <john_roemer@...>
                      Sent: Oct 13, 2003 12:19 PM
                      To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond House

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                      My Armine von Tempski research turned up this description of early <BR>
                      days at Vagabond House. It's from a Nov. 22, 1937 letter von Tempski <BR>
                      sent to a relative from the home in Manhattan Beach she shared with <BR>
                      her husband, Al Ball:<BR>
                      <BR>
                      "Last Monday, a week ago, old Don Blanding arrived here and had us <BR>
                      out to dinner. Don's one of our dearest and truest friends, when were <BR>
                      were bust last summer he paid our gas to Taos and had us for seven <BR>
                      weeks. Anyway he just bought a house in Carmel and begged us to go up <BR>
                      with him and take possession of it. So we weakened and did it, taking <BR>
                      our writing along. It's a heavenly old place, two storeys high with <BR>
                      pine and oaks nestling about it. You know how lovely Carmel is. The <BR>
                      house is perfect, old, and seems to put invisible arms around you. We <BR>
                      arrived at mid-night, friends had had the utilities turned on, so we <BR>
                      built up a roaring fire and a nice old actor friend of Don's arrived <BR>
                      with four cans of beer and some cheese and crackers to hourse-warm it <BR>
                      with us.<BR>
                      <BR>
                      "After being there a week Don begged us to come and stay with him for <BR>
                      a month, including Xmas and New Year's. We were kanalua [hesitant] <BR>
                      about it as we want to keep at work, but he said if ONLY we'd come -- <BR>
                      he's the world's loneliest man -- that he'd get a slavy to clean <BR>
                      house and wash dishes for me and do the heavy cooking. I'm to run the <BR>
                      Commissary, have carte blanch about food etc. The upstairs which is <BR>
                      to be ours is heavenly! A great front room with three solid sides of <BR>
                      glass, a tiny bathroom and hale [commode] and -- a guest room -- of <BR>
                      our own! Don's having puunes put in for us, and we're taking up our <BR>
                      Navajo rugs, brass candlesticks and a few juggers to give our own <BR>
                      feeling. His room and workroom is down stairs, so we won't get in <BR>
                      each other's hair while we're working. The kitchen is a great <BR>
                      sprawling old room with dishes on the wall and slews of windows and a <BR>
                      silly sort of ship-gangway staircase leading to our 'Penthouse'. Talk <BR>
                      about writers under eaves!<BR>
                      <BR>
                      "We had a lovely week, wrote five hours, lunched then walked for <BR>
                      miles, in the evening built up a roaring fire and Don read aloud to <BR>
                      us. Saturday night Poli [Armine's brother Errol] joined us and we <BR>
                      went to thge lovliest home of some oldish actor friends of Don's. <BR>
                      Sunday, after a swell breakfast we four set off and tramped for miles <BR>
                      and miles through the pine forests and along the dazzling beach where <BR>
                      seals were sporting, and sandpipers with twinkling feet skittered <BR>
                      along just out of reach of the waves. I cooked up a grand kanaka <BR>
                      [hearty] stew for supper, cabbage etc and Don and Poli cleaned it all <BR>
                      up. Don had a cold so I gave him a rub, fed him a thumping toddy and <BR>
                      put him to bed. We sat up till midnight, then Poli had to go home. We <BR>
                      left Monday (yesterday) about ten and talk of autumn. The Salinas <BR>
                      River valley looked like a torrent of gold. All the cottonwoods, <BR>
                      willows and sycamores were ablaze. ....we lost a day going and coming <BR>
                      but I wouldn't have missed the fun of warming Vagabond's House!"<BR>
                      <BR>
                      <BR>
                      <BR>
                      <BR>
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                      What a fantastic letter you found....The current owner of the Carmel Vagabond House would love to have a copy of that letter to hang on his wall. Al unfortunately had the Vagabond House remodeled without really knowing who DB was. He attended my Carmel show and totally blown away by all of what we have found out about DB and the Carmel history. Where did you come up with this? Great stuff! thanks for sharing and I can get a copy of this letter, it would be appreciated by myself, the current owner of the Vagabond House and probably the Carmel Heritage Society. thanks again....tj
                    • keith2draw
                      Nice letter John, My guess is that the actor friend mentioned in the letter is Fredric Burt, who was married to actress Helen Ware. Keith
                      Message 10 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                        Nice letter John,

                        My guess is that the actor friend mentioned in the letter is Fredric
                        Burt, who was married to actress Helen Ware.

                        Keith
                      • mauibandb@aol.com
                        thanks for sharing it was great aloha Maui tom [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                        Message 11 of 18 , Oct 13, 2003
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                          thanks for sharing it was great

                          aloha
                          Maui tom


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                        • patapsy
                          Where would I get a recording of Dave Ballard reciting Vagabond House I remember him in the 60 s on KIXI. HELP
                          Message 12 of 18 , Sep 5, 2010
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                            Where would I get a recording of Dave Ballard reciting "Vagabond House"
                            I remember him in the 60's on KIXI. HELP
                          • patapsy@aol.com
                            ... From: patapsy To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sun, Sep 5, 2010 6:46 pm Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond House   Where
                            Message 13 of 18 , Sep 5, 2010
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                              -----Original Message-----
                              From: patapsy <patapsy@...>
                              To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Sun, Sep 5, 2010 6:46 pm
                              Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond House

                               
                              Where would I get a recording of Dave Ballard reciting "Vagabond House"
                              I remember him in the 60's on KIXI. HELP
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