My thanks to Bruce Kenan, who writes, “The boathouse was on the property of Daniel Robbins, and my guess is that is Robbins seen throwing sticks into the lake for his dog.
The boathouse suffered a fire many decades ago (in the 1940’s?) and was partially rebuilt into a single story building until more fully restored… The dog’s name? I have no idea.”
When a boy, Daniel C. Robbins walked more than 50 miles to New York City to answer a help-wanted ad. Impressed by his grit, the pharmaceutical company hired him as an assistant clerk. The boy rose in the company, which eventually became known as McKesson-Robbins. Two more formal portraits of Daniel Robbins, without a derby or dog, are shown below.