b'CAMPGROUNDPROFILE BY JEFF CRIDERImprovements, Customer ServiceHelp Bring Increased Traffic ToAustin Lakes RV Park & CabinsBill Cable has spent most of his 73 ingcareers,theCablescontinuedtoyearsworkinginsomecapacityat havetheirhandinthecampgroundAustin Lake RV Park & Cabins, a family business.WhenBillCablesparentscampground in the scenic Ohio River would take off in their 36-foot AirstreamValley near Toronto, Ohio. and head to Texas for the winter, Bill andThe park was established by his par- Marshalookedafterthepark,whileents, Glenn and Jeanne Cable, and his continuing their teaching jobs.grandfather,AustinBrantCable,in1944. Bill and Marsha CableThe elder Cables not only built theOpened in 1944, Bill and Marsha Cable continue to make 80-acre facility, but sold land for lake-improvements to the park that Bill grow up working in. front summer homes in an area just afew miles from the Jefferson County sitewherethepatriarchofthefamily,Jonathan Cable, first settled in 1811.The site is bucolic, with dense stands ofhickory, red oak, white oak, maple andash trees mixed in with pines.But while Bill Cable grew up helpinghisparentsandgrandparentsinthecampgroundbusiness,heeventuallytook off in a different direction, going to TheCableseventuallytookovercollege and eventually embarking on Austin Lake RV Park in 1990 when Billswhat would become a 37-year teaching dad died. But they continued to teach,career with middle school students dur- raisetheirkidsandrunthecamp-ing the day and adult students at night. ground.Cables wife, Marsha, stayed home to As Dads health was failing in 1988,raise their three children before teach- we stepped up more and more, Bill re-Improvements along the parks lakeshore have included more boat ing multiple handicapped students in called. Marsha started doing payrollrentals and the addition of an inflatable aquatic obstacle park. grades K-12. and bookkeeping.But even as they pursued their teach- Campground Profilecontinued on page 29WOODALLSCM.com March 2020-27'