Sunday, March 27, 2011
Hunting and Heroes Part One
The geese are finding it
as difficult as we are to find
a warm place to settle in.
They were here by the millions last week
and disappeared to the north quickly....
a few days later, blizzard conditions
were hitting North Dakota and we started
seeing them heading back south.
A crazy winter for everybody, I guess.
Today we've been watching them again in every direction
circling the cropland and searching for open waters.
All the geese reminded me of some old
pictures Sall has of his Uncle Clarence
with his hunting party in Southern
South Dakota along the Missouri River
called "The Mulehead"
The Mulehead is quite a historical piece of
property near Bonesteel, South Dakota (population 350).
Back when Uncle Clarence was hunting there
the Haisch family owned it.
Clarence and his wife Fay hunted
geese there annually back in the 40's and 50's
Clarence was Vice President of
the John Morrell Packing Plant in Sioux Falls
and hunted with some well-known
businessmen of Sioux Falls and one very
famous man from South Dakota....
April 17,1915 - Jan. 1, 2003
was the leading fighter ace of the
United States Marine Corps during World War II.
A 1943 recipient of the Medal of Honor,
a General in the Air National Guard,
the 20th Governor of South Dakota,
and the first commissioner of
the American Football League.
Joe and Uncle Sall along with Herb Shoeneman,
Jess Taylor, Billy and Curly Haisch,
Lyle Sheldon, Bob Foster,
Harry Tunge, and Myron Efting
and others that names have been
lost over the years,
one big happy hunting party.
(Every time I look at the pictures
I can almost smell the cigar smoke!)
The geese proudly hung on the side
of the old truck.
"It was a good hunt, men!"
I love these old pictures...
Men and Hunting,
doing what they love,
great memories and stories they
all surely passed on to their grand-children.
I know that Uncle Clarence who passed away in 1983,
was a huge influence in a certain young boy's life.
Sall looked up to and admired his uncle as
if he had also won the medal of honor.
To this day he loves to hunt and
talk about Clarence and the boys
shootin' at the mulehead!
That was many years ago,
I wonder if they are in heaven flying beside the geese now?
your legacy lives on.
Have a great week, my friends!