Wolves on Nina Moose

I should write this down. It happened a long time ago, but I will do my best to remember the details.

I was about 17, and it was about 1969. With David Seversen and Tom Trynon, I went skiing on the border lakes. It was a more wild place then – than it is today. Tom had discovered a trail on an old map to a deserted ranger cabin half way between Nina Moose River and Little Indian Sioux River, north off the Echo Trail. It was deep winter, and while not spectacularly cold, there was plenty of snow.

The … Read more…

Timber Wolves

On a very dark night, night before last, using my headlamp, I went out to the woodshed to carry some firewood over to the sauna. As I exited the woodshed. I became aware of something to the northeast of me, about 30 to 40 feet away. At first glance, I thought it was deer. We’ve had a lot of them around this winter, kicking up the snow beneath the apple tree, looking for fallen apples.

Within a split second it registered that deer eyes shine green in the dark, while these were amber.


I jumped. Though wolves have lost … Read more…

A Couple Of Bear Stories

Tom Kemmett’s bear post got me thinking of bear. I’ve had little contact with brown bear – though I did shoot one with an old 8 mm Mauser in the 1970s that had got in the chickens up in Alaska. I was better armed than my room mate who’d come armed with a broom. Thought it was a dog, in the dark – until it stood up – and up – and up. Figured there were more bear than chickens in our part of Alaska. I could have kept the bear if I’d paid for a license, but I was … Read more…


The current news that the Student Council at UC Irvine want to remove the American Flag from their campus – brought to mind the character, Nolan, a military officer in the short story by Edward Everrett Hale, “The Man Without A Country.”
After being taken to task for being part of a treasonous conspiracy, Nolan says, “Damn the United States, I wish I may never hear of the United States again!” He is then sentenced to live out his life aboard US Navy ships where care is taken that he never hears the name … Read more…

Favorite Places

Far up in the woods, far away from here,
there is a trail, that wasn’t always there.
Grandfather would bring us, long long ago,
walking the trail, that wasn’t then there.
“Enter one way,” he said, “And leave by another –
and leave no trail to tred.”

Bright trout lived there, we’d catch a creel full
and bake them in the white ash of the fire,
long long ago

Seven lakes like seven jewels,
strung either side of a ridge;
a ridge filled with white cedars
and bronze colored cliffs.

A wonderous magic place
known only to a few
Enter … Read more…


ORIGIN: London
MIGRATION: 1634 on the Griffin (on 18 Sep 1634 John Winthrop reported “the Griffin and another ship now arriving with 200 passengers and 100 cattle (Mr. Lothrop and Mr Simmes, two godley ministers, coming on the same ship).”
REMOVES: Barnstable 1639
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 8 Jan 1634/5, John Lothrop was the eleventh among thirteen founding members admitted to Scituate church (entered in the record as “Myself”). When the Scituate church moved ot Barnstable in late 1639, John Lothrop remained as member and pastor, until his death in 1653.
FREEMAN: Admitted to Plymouth Colony … Read more…


JAMES MATTHEWS from “NEW ENGLAND: The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins”

ORIGIN: London
REMOVE: Yarmouth 1639

FREEMAN: In 1639 Yarmouth list of those who took the oath of fidelity. Propounded for freemanship 7 Sep 1642 and admitted 7 Mar 1643, and in consequence appended to 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freeman. In Yarmouth sections of 1658, 29 May 1670 and 1684 Plymouth Colony list of freeman.
EDUCATION: Signed his deed.
OFFICES: Deputy for Yarmouth to Plymouth General Court 20 Aug 1644 (absent). 8 Jun 1664 Plymouth Grand Jury, 1 Mar 1642, … Read more…

Diana The Huntress

This is the story of the only cat I ever liked.

As children, my siblings and I had many pets, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, snakes, ducks, racoons, three deer (my parents put their foot down when we wanted to haul home a bear cub).

As an adult, I began to see why my parents weren’t that keen about pets. My kids had a few (including a ferret – smelliest, nastiest animal ever!).

Having pets requires a lot of work – and a large part of it falls on the parents. In spite of my children’s promises – my wife and … Read more…


In 1919, John Wesley Morris Sr, was 50 years old, when he got into a fight with some Alger Smith men on the train between Two Harbors and Knife River. He was thrown off the train. As John was a huge man, and very strong, it must have taken quite a few of them to throw him off. No doubt John Morris Sr felt some animus toward the railroad after the way they’d dealt with him.

Journal News: In 1920 the state railroad and warehouse commission authorized the Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad (Alger Smith) to close down its line. … Read more…



In 1869, Wesley Morris was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. By the 1890 census, his older brother, Johnathan Morris, had died, and he was given, or took, the name John Wesley Morris. From a young age, he worked the Wisconsin rivers as a “river pig,” jumping from log to log during log drives on the rivers and living in a floating wannigan (shack on a raft).

In the late 1880s or early 1890s John Wesley Morris met Dorthea, an orphan whose family had died in an epidemic. She was ethnically Dutch and worked at … Read more…