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On the trip down the Hudson one stop was made, at Verplanck's home at Chelsea, New York. October 16th they flew back up the river from New York to Chelsea, the first flight ever made up the Hudson. There Havens remained for a time, giving Verplanck additional instruction and assisting him to obtain his seaplane license that month. Before leaving he did some flying for the cinema in a movie, the "Adventurer". About this time Havens assisted in forming an Aviation Corps for the New York State Militia and was made Commander of the Division. Following this he returned to Hammondsport where he helped train several flying boat owners and did more test flying until the season closed in late November.

Havens spent the winter months of 1913-1914 in Cuba and the West Indies where he enjoyed a good vacation of fishing and duck hunting. While there Mr. Chenevert contacted Havens extending an invitation to become a salesman for Ferdeal Trucks, and after some consideration Havens decided to quit flying and accept this offer. Being bachelors, they conceived the idea of fitting out a truck with living quarters and making a world tour as a joint trip for pleasure and selling trucks. They built the truck and started out from Detriot heading west, and all went according to plan until they reached California and were preparing to ship out to Asia, when they received a wire from the factory demanding that they abandon the trip and return to Detroit. The war in Europe was gaining headway and the company management wanted them to get over there and promote their truck business. As a result they went to Europe and sold trucks in substantial numbers to practically all of the European countries. Federal Truck Company grew rapidly, new capital came in and the name was changed to the Denby Truck Company.

Havens remained in Europe until the early part of 1918 when he was virtually drafted by the Government to return and fly water planes for

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