Welcome! I am glad you
stopped by. I'm Hope Irvin Marston, retired junior high teacher and
library media specialist. I live in Black River, New York,
near Fort Drum and the Thousand Islands.
Since 1975 I have written a
child's devotional book, a handful of photographic essays on large
machinery, a local history for adults, two junior biographies, eight
wild life picture books, an adult inspirational romance, an
historical Scots book for young adults, and a local historical middle grade book that
has been rewritten as a stage play.
I hope you will enjoy browsing my
pages to get acquainted with me and my books. Simply click on
any of the links to the left to begin your adventure.
I'd love to hear from you.
Drop me a line using the form on the
Rising from the Rubble: The Restoration of
Boldt Castle 1977-2002
BILLIONAIRE MOGUL OF THE WALDORF-ASTORIA AND
BELLEVUE-STRATFORD HOTELS LEFT HIS LEGACY IN
THE THOUSAND ISLANDS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK.
1900, George C. Boldt, millionaire magnate
of the Waldorf-Astoria and the
Bellevue-Stratford hotels began building a
multimillion dollar castle on Heart Island
in the St. Lawrence River. Constructed
as a love gift for his beautiful wife
Louise, it would take five years to complete
the project. However, devastated by
the her passing in 1904, Boldt ordered the
work to stop immediately.
Thereafter, Mother Nature and vandals
ravaged the venerable old landmark for more
than 70 years. During that time,
summer boat tours brought as many as 200,000
visitors from around the world to Heart
Island to view the legendary landmark.
In 1977, castle restoration began with the
hiring of Dale Fikes. Dale’s challenge
was to remove the rubble, rebuild the
deteriorated walls, and continue the work
left undone when the 300+ workers were
FROM THE RUBBLE: THE RESTORATION OF BOLD
CASTLE reveals the untold story of the first
25 years of rescuing it from its ruins and
bringing it into the 21st Century.
Details of the work are enhanced with
accounts of unexpected happenings and
personal incidents known only to those
Looking back, Dale considers his tenure at
the castle as hectic days and sleepless
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WALLS HAVE EARS: A BLACK SPY IN THE
CONFEDERATE WHITE HOUSE, published by White
Bird Publications, is a Charlotte Award 2020
Nominee in the High School category.
The purpose of the Charlotte Award, named
for the main character in E.B. White’s
Charlotte’s Web, is to encourage students to
read outstanding literature and ultimately
become lifelong readers. My in-depth
research of the war years makes this an
authentic resource for social studies in
junior and senior high classes.
Students in New York State are encouraged to
read titles on the ballot and vote for their
favorites. Visit the New York State
Reading Association website at
www.nysreading.org for a copy of the
ballot with publishers’ website links for
each title. Ballots should be
postmarked no later than April 15, 2020 and
sent to NYSRA 2020 Charlotte Award, PO Box
303, Old Forge, NY 13420. Or sent by
E-Mail before April 15th, 2020 to Judy Ehrensbeck at
purchase an autographed copy, send check or
money order for $16.99 to Hope Marston
Books, P.O. Box 710, Black River, NY 13612.
The Walls Have Ears by Hope Irvin
Published October 16, 2018
by White Bird Publications
available at Amazon.com:
HERE to purchase the
HERE to purchase the
available in Barnes & Noble NOOK Book
HERE to purchase the
On June 8, 2018 my best friend Gerald
Borland and I had the
thrill and the honor of rappelling together
OVER THE EDGE of
the 155’ Mid-Town Towers apartment building
in Watertown, NY.
Our families and friends sponsored us by
donating over $3,000
to the United Way of Northern New York in
this third annual
OVER THE EDGE event. We had the honor
of being first of
more than 80 participants during the two-day
The IDITAROD !
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an
annual 1000-mile race run in early March
from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Mushers and
their dogs tear through jagged mountain
ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate
tundra and miles of windswept coast.
At least 6 dogs must be on the towline at
the finish line.
Renaud, illustrator of my book Eye on the
Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest, has compiled
gallery of his artwork. Be sure to
visit Bob's Art Studio Page at the following
Bob Renaud's Art Studio
find out what it takes to become an Iditarod
musher, read Eye on the Iditarod:
Aisling’s Quest, the autobiography of
ten-year-old Aisling Shepherd.