Judge Shipley, Col. Goshorn, Squire Hemingray, Gen. Rice and Maj. Smith Went Fishing


Publication: The Muncie Daily News

Muncie, IN, United States
p. 4, col. 2


This is the time of year for fishing. Fishing is an ancient sport handed down to us by our ancestors. Formerly the fisher stood on the bank of a stream and by the means of a hook attached to a strong line drew from the watery depths a scaly specimen of animal life. This scaly little animal was called a fish and considered quite palatable. Some of our older residents can remember when there was fish in White River. At one time "catching fish" was esteemed great sport, and by many the old custom is still observed. It is a very pretty way of showing honor for our ancestors. The custom is generally observed by going to the bank of a stream, standing quietly all day, and ruminating over the past. Of course were it not for the looks of things the fisher might as well sit in the parlor and hold the line in the bath tub. No fish are caught. No one expects to. It is just a remembering of an old custom.

Judge Shipley, Col. Goshorn, Squire Hemingray, Gen. Rice, and Maj. Smith are five patriotic citizens. They got up bright and early last Sunday morning and went to Black's Mills. They were accompanied by a good lunch. When people use to fish they used hooks on their lines. That was when corks were plenty. Now nearly all the cork product is fastened in bottles. To secure sufficient corks they had to purchase six dozen bottles. The gentlemen spent most of the day feeding fish. They put a worm on the end of a string and held it in the water so it would be handy for the fish. When the fish consumed the worm they replaced it with another. The gentlemen were very patient and gave the fish a good meal. They were very careful not to hurt the little fishies with the cruel hooks to which the worms were fastened.

During the day a frog and a turtle were captured. The frog is preserved in alcohol and the turtle shell is used by Hemingray for a color button.


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Researcher:Bob Stahr / Roger Lucas
Date completed:June 6, 2010 by: Glenn Drummond;