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January 30, 2013


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Tried me some Bear meat once,, not bad. Good Story,,hope you find John Forgy...

and Charles...Great story! Canned bear! Yummmm! I've eaten bear and other than the wild tinge, not bad when your hungry. Shore need a big pot to cook a bear roast in..and it is purty meat...
I'd say it would be safer to eat than that there Deviled meat or potted meat...When things get bad hits back to "potted meat and light bread"....
Does anyone remember back in the day when there were no signs about "Do not feed the bears"?
Everytime we would go to Grannies, the cars (tourists) would be lined up like they'd run into the end of the road! Take there young'ns out and traispe those kids right up to the bear with a camera...People started gettin' injured left and right and finally "Do not feed bear" signs were put up...One time while stopped in the middle of the road, waiting for the cars to move..we saw a guy holdin' marshmellows in his mouth for the bear to get it and look like in the picture, his wife was about to take, that the bear was kissin' him...About that time a Ranger came along...Shooed off the people, gave them a good scolding, got the folks to walk back down to there car. The wagon train started moving again...The Ranger was shakin' his head, while motioning traffic to move and said to us, "Its a wonder that bear didn't take his head off!
Thanks Charles and Tipper for the Bear story...I was always afraid of bears...I know how vicious they can be...But, they taste pretty good!

Thank you Charles, for a delightful little story! I hope you find your friend John Forgy.


Wonderful story! Really enjoyed this

Mr Fletcher: Your story is delightful and I will share it with some WILD SMOKEY MOUNTAIN HIKERS! Actually they are fairly smart and just might know of your long ago CCC friend.

Fondly, Eva Nell Mull Wike (Clay County, NC)

Hello Tipper
Very interesting this story of John and the little bear in the can.
The translated and read to my granddaughter, and she understood rejoicing by the attitude of the Captain, who told John, that can get up and leave the child with their parents!, And the bear ran into the woods.
I take my hat off to the men of the CCC, all the parks and forests, USA and worldwide.
With warm regards Appalachian friends, Jose Luis from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
God bless you.

My father was also in the CCC and he talked about it the rest of his life. I don't have it, but understand that all CCC records are available to the public on a special web site for just the purpose Charles has. Good luck

We often forget the values the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) rendered at a time when our country was in a deep financial depression. President Franklin Roosevelt was known for his "Alphabet Soup" of social services to try to lift our country out of the depression. The CCC enlisted young men and placed them in work camps. They were boarded, fed and paid. They received maybe $5 of their salary and the remainder (usually $25 a month) was sent home to help their families with expenses. Besides the financial help, the CCC "boys" built roads, fire towers, dams, lakes and made multiple contributions to the country's infrastructure strength. Then when World War II came and an "army" was needed, the CCC boys became a very strong force in our military branches.

It's always entertaining to read a
story of Mr. Fletcher, especially
those of real life in the CCC camps. I've Deer Hunted the
beautiful Rainbow Springs mountains above Nantahala Lake much of my life, and you can look
down on those CCC Camps that were
established before I was born...Ken

I think he was a bit brave to even sit on top of the garbage can. Anyway, I liked the story of happenings in the mountains. Good story!

Bear is good eating, but a bear small enough to fit in a garbage can ain't but a cub. Good thing the boss had restraint!

Orininal multi-tasking.....fire watching, bear hunting, and feeding the multitudes!
Thanks Charles!

I enjoyed Charles story this morning. My dad was in the CCC camp when he was a boy too. He used to tell us lots of stories about those days. He would often tell us about friends that he had made and would wonder where they were now and what had happened to them. This organization helped many families and young people during the depression and made a lifetime impression on some many young men's lives.

Great little story Charles. You know we hear a lot about people being eaten by bears but hardly anything about the vastly greater number of bears eaten by people. I've tried if myself. It don't taste nothing like chicken.
PS-Mine came from right off 441 just above the ranger station on the Tennessee side of the park.

You can always count on a good 'un when Charles is doing the telling!

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