Down Memory Lane 9/15/11
From the Knik Arm Courier, June 22, 1960:
Bear, trespassers beset homeowner
When a bear tore up his camp at his remote mountain homestead, Til Wallace of Chugiak figured that was one of the hazards of the game and figured to make Mr. bear pay for his damage with hide and meat.
However, by the time he was able to borrow a suitable gun and return, he found a very frustrating situation. It seems that the story of the wayward bear had reached the ears of a couple of soldiers who had been hunting unsuccessfully and they decided to go after him.
When Til and a friend arrived at the homestead, which is located on the most remote ridge in the Chugiak area, they discovered that the two soldiers had shot the bear and were spending the night in Til’s tent. They had disarranged the camp, used his supply of water (which he had to pack by hand for a mile) and scattered C-Ration cans about the camp.
When Til questioned them about their presence they explained that they had shot the bear, but made no apologies for using his tent or equipment. In fact, they made no offer to get out of the tent so that Wallace could use it, forcing him and his friend to sleep outside that night. Til said that they did not even offer to hand out his sleeping bags, leading him to suspect that they were using them.
The next day they asked Wallace to haul the carcass down the mountain with his Jeep. After he had obliged, they took off with not so much as a thank you, fare thee well or an offer to share the meat.
The crowning insult came when someone showed Wallace a copy of the Post newspaper, in which these modest (?) self-styled heroes gave an account in their own words of how they had bravely shot the bear for the helpless and grateful (HAH!) homesteader.
From the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, July 29,1976:
Bruin was behind outhouse earthquake
Bears were nuisances at times to the area residents in 1947 but they were also the cause, in some instances, of a good laugh. Indoor plumbing was a rarity in those days. While occupying the “outdoor facilities” one afternoon, Dottie Fetrow noticed the building shaking and rocking. Fearing an earthquake, she opened the door, grabbed her black cat, Satan, and hauled him inside to await the abatement of the quake.
When things subsided, she hurried to a neighbor’s cabin and asked if there had been an earthquake. Receiving a negative reply, they decided to investigate. Taking a pistol for protection, they searched the area surrounding the outhouse and discovered the tracks of a large bear.