Osier was born in 1921 at home in the main house at Harborside. He was the last
of eight children raised during the Great Depression but somehow made his way
through Colby College where he graduated in 1943. His main career was as a high
school teacher, but for extra income he decided to build some seasonal cottages
to accommodate the many summer visitors to the Pemaquid area. In 1947, he purchased
for $700 one of the waterfront lots in front of his parents' home and in 1950
built his first two seasonal cabins, the Cormorant and the Osprey.
1956, Leonard married Shirley Kempton Vigue, the daughter of the local high school
principal, and she became his helper in charge of housekeeping for many years.
They purchased the adjoining waterfront lot shortly after their marriage, and
by 1965 Leonard had completed his small colony of ten cottages. He retired from
high school teaching in 1972, but continues to take loving care of his cottages
to this day.
and Shirley are happy to have now handed over the official business
to their daughter, Belinda. Our oldest customers may remember
Belinda as a young girl delivering mail or messages, and many
of our current customers remember her as a playmate when they
themselves came as children with their parents. As a teenager,
she graduated to the cleaning staff, but after attending Bates
College, moved away from Maine to explore the world. After living
in Boston, Chapel Hill, Omaha, and Rome, Italy, pursuing advanced
degrees in the classics and working as a Latin teacher, she eventually
brought her family back to her roots in Maine. Belinda hopes to
preserve the unique simplicity of Harborside which her parents
have created and continue to offer a restful and special vacation
spot for our seasonal visitors.