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I 0A--February 6, 00003 The Cuba Free Press J Huzzah Creek Notes By Jerry Wilson, Site Administrator Dillard Mill State Historic Site There's a bar in the woods We in Missouri are fortu- nate in that we are seeing the slow return of an animal that was once common in our woods. It was so common that two of them grace our state flag. According to Department of Conservation estimates, Mis- souri now has between 300 and 500 black bears; and al- most all of these animals are located in the southern one third of the state. Most of the bears in early Missouri were black bears, although there were a few prairie grizzlies in the ex- treme western part of the state. These grizzly bears did not wear down their claws like their mountain kin did, and these claws were much sought after by the Osage for neck- laces. In earlier, probably pre-human times, Missouri was home to the terrible short- faced bear. This was a bear that was larger than a grizzly but had long legs that allowed it iv run as fast as a horse. This animal was probably already extinct before the first Paleo-Indians arrived in the state. Most of us today have pleasant thoughts about bears in general; think of them as kind of big teddy bears. While early settlers looked at them somewhat differently, even they seemed to give them their grudging respect. They usually referred to them as "old man bruin." Even though they often came in conflict with the bears, they respected them for their cour- age and, at times, a seeming sense of humor. Bears came in conflict with early settlers because, not only were bears hunted for their meat and fur, but they also quickly developed a taste for the settlers' livestock and crops. Bear meat was much sought after and was said to closely resemble pork. The bears themselves, in turn, seemed to have a par- ticular taste for the settlers' pigs. Most pigs were allowed to run semi-wild in the woods, living off the mast, until needed for food. While small pigs didn't have a chance against a bear, there are stories of bloody fights between bears and full grown boar hogs with some- Miles-Miles-Miles Guaranteed Hometime =t Holiday Pay / Respect 800-395-3331 times the bear winning and sometimes the 'boar winning. Sometimes the bodies of both combatants were found still" locked in death on the field bf:;- honor. Bears, like raccoons, loved roasting ears. Several bears could almost wipe out the set- tlers' cornfields in a few vis- its.Bears usually minded their own business and were considered dangerous only when cornered, wounded or when a mother bear felt the need to protect her cubs. Bears were often hunted with large packs of dogs and it was the job of the dogs iv trail the bear and bring it iv bay, usually in a tree but sometimes in a cave. The bears were shot out of the tree and often hit the ground with considerable life still in them. The dogs had to either fin- ish off the bear or at least keep it busy until the hunters could reload and shoot it again. This was dangerous business for the dogs and many succumbed to the bear's claws and teeth. Because firearms of that day were single shot muzzleloaders most bear hunts involved a sizable group of hunters. Bears that ran into a cave presented a particular prob- lem to the hunters. Hunters usually tried to encourage their dogs to go into the cave to run the bear out. The dogs were often smart enough to want to have noth- ing iv do with this, and it ended up with the hunter or hunters having to enter the cave after the bear. This took a real amount of courage as their only light was a burning wooden torch and their only weapon a sin- gle shot rifle. A good hibernation cave might have any number of bears hibernating in it. It was usually safer to enter these caves at that time and dis- patch the bears with a long knife or an ax. Black bears disappeared from Missouri soon after the time of the Civil War. The bears we have today have moved into the heavily wooded areas of the state from neighboring Arkansas. Holy Cross Catholic School News Holy Cross celebrates Catholic Schools Week There was a large turn out for the Story Teller Night during Catholic Schools Week. Students got comfy during Movies" on Student Appreciation Jean Abolt (left) and Teresa Switzer sat in on daughters Rachel and Jessica on Parents Day. Steve Barreca and Steve Paulus the activities in the Pre-K room Parents Da, Just a few of our many fine volunteers at the book fair this year. From left: Rita May, Jeanne Schatz and Betty Sanazaro. Several Holy Cross students through the books during the Book Thursday evening. Photos by Patrica DeMarco As to how many bears Mis- souri forests can support, no one at this time can predict. One thing we do know is that it will never be like it usta- wax when bears were one of the most comdton of God's creatures in Missouri. Tax Time 00STATE LIQUIDATION SAL00 The.following items will be sold to the highest bidder at Public Auction Sat:00 w Febl 8 lO:OO a.m., Rain or Shine CUBA MO Directions: ill be held in doors at the VFW Hall, Post #7147, Cuba, Mo. 1-44 to Cuba Exit, So. on Hwy. 19 to stop light, left on Old 66 Hwy. approx. 1/2 mile. NOTE: Furniture & Guns sold at approx. 12 Noon TOOLS & EQUIPMENT: Genco 5000 watt generator (like new) - Lincoln wire welder - Lincoln 225 welder - Homelite chainsaw - 2 sets Milwaukee "Sawzall" & heavy duty drill in case - Milwaukee hvd. duty right angle drill - Milwaukee power drill - Black & Decker miter saw - Tungsten tap & die set (new) - Skill scraper/carver - Ryobi detail carver - Bosch rotary cutter - Dewalt plate joiner - Skill port. drill - Craftsman power washer - Senco "Frame Pro 600" nail gun - Senco Mod. SFN 40 nail gun - 2 Craftsman routers - Handy Pro tool kit - I Husky 93 pc. socket set- Skill battery drill/driver - Portable saw - Cordless power wrench - Table saw.  Lot of hand tools including - Rakes - Shovels - Hatchet - Hammers - Screw Drivers - All Types of wrenches - saws, welding accessories and other misc. shop or handyman items too numerous to list. .Ca]@AsJJNIVE 8-" Winches ter rood. 250 - 22 cal. Lever action - Mossberg 12 Ga. "Slugster" w/extra barrel - Remington 12 Ga. rnag. "Wingrnaster" - Marlin 30-30 Lever action - New England single 410 ga. - J. C. Higgins rood. 30 22 cal. - J. C. Higgins bolt action 20 ga. - Winches- ter rood. 190 22 cal. - Marlin rood. 782 22 cal. - "Ranger" 16 ga. - 1 lot ............ (10) Pellet Rifles (some like new) - 3 Pellet pistols - 1 lot unique knives - 3 Commando style :' FURNITURE & APPLIANCESLAntique China Cabinet - Hope chest - Butcher block 'l"  '" :' table- Kitchen table & chairs- Bookcases- Bunkbed w/study area- Large breakfront unit  - End tables - Office desk - Computer desks - Fishing rod storage rack - Office chairs - File cabinets - Drum table - Several dressers - lamps  Paintings - Prints - Microwave - Mixer -r_opc'o_rn maker - Toaster - Coffee maker - Radios - Assorted electronic gear. /FORTING EOUIPMENT: Fishing rods and reels - 1 Lot reels. Scuba gear including 'iiiil '  tank, regulator and flippers - Compound bows - Arrows - Fish Lures - Fish electronics - Sling :  ,: , shots - "Boogie" boards - Inflatible am. raft - Shotgun loading equipment - Paddles - Life  !':  " jackets - bikes. CUTLERY. SILVERWkRR  l   " ...... Colputer controls - ,  WOmputer games - Boxed toys - Cooler - Quilts - Books - Books - Toys - Pots - Pans - Figurines - Boxed games - Col- lectibles - VHS tapes - Coins: 4 Walk- ing Libertys - 4 Ben Franklins - Pine kitchen table 4 chairs - Salt & Pepper shakers - Porcelians dolls - Louis LaMeur books - Glassware - Iron Din- ner Bell - Restaurant booth - Pictures. LT_FA_We have boxes and boxes of unopened & pre-aorted merchandise that will be sold at this sale!! Mark your calendar for this sale date! You don't want to miss Feb. 8I! NOTE EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST SERVED IN VFW STARTING AT 7 A.M. Terms of Sale: Cash, Cashier Check, Personal Check with proper I.D. Not Responsible for Accidents ODD HND TOD AUCTION SERVICE "TNT AUCTIONS" FRANKY TODD $T3-885-9067 573-732-56B4 MONTY TODD Sale Day Announcements  Nullify Any Printed Matter H Luncheon on grounds U Photo ID requiredy i to be published February 12-13, 2003 in the Cuba Free Press and Steelville Star-Crawford Mirror Deadline is February 7 By advertising your business in these special pages, you'll gain instant exposure to potential clients who rely on your services to help with their tax questions or financial planning. Call Sandy at 573-885-7460 or Roberta at 573-775-5454 to reserve your ad space today! I 110 S. Buchanan o Cuba, MO 65453 I 106 S. First Street Steelville, MO 573-885-7460