So, according to this, the Leader-Telegram had a reporter spend an hour and a half driving around to six local stores looking for Salvation Arm bell ringers. I’m assuming they were also doing something else because that seems like a long time to hit six stores in a town where it takes less than 20 minutes to drive from one end to the other. I’ll also assume that the Eau Claire Salvation Army’s phone (834-1224) was disconnected or something, so the L-T couldn’t call and talk about a shortage of local bell ringers.
But why don’t we talk about something important? The L-T article points out a genuine need for bell ringers around these parts. They’re actually using paid ringers during peak donatin’ times so they don’t miss out. They’ve even got some volunteers just not showing up. So maybe you and your friends would like spend some time people-watching while ringing a little bell for a good cause. Just a thought.
I was a bell ringer one Christmas my senior year of high school – at Ron’s Castle Foods. It was a pretty cool experience overall, apart from one old dude who made it a point to stop and tell me that “I was here yesterday and you didn’t say ‘Merry Christmas’ to me! I’ve been bell ringing for 30 years, and you’re supposed to say ‘Merry Christmas!’” And then he stormed off, leaving a wide swath of BAH HUMBUG in his wake.
I’ll never forget that old jerk and the lesson he tried to teach me that day: Don’t worry about the people at home watching NASCAR on their huge televisions – spend time yelling at high school kids spending a whole weekend freezing their ass off for charity, with absolutely no training on bell ringing etiquette.
Merry Christmas, you old dink.
Big Wild Cat Shot Near Here
Eau Claire Weekly Telegram | Dec. 4 1902
Finest specimen ever brought to Eau Claire Weighed thirteen pounds. Captured by Edward Anderson about two miles north of the city.
Yesterday afternoon while Edward Anderson of 736 Franklin street was out hunting he ran up against a specimen of game he was not looking for in the person of a genuine wild cat. Mr. Anderson was fortunate enough to shoot the animal, which is a fine specimen of this almost extinct species, at least in the vicinity. The wild cat is the largest ever brought to Eau Claire, it weighed 13 pounds, and the hide was 14 inches wide and 27 inches long. The animal was killed about two miles north of the city, along a bank of the Chippewa.
Chad’s Take - Revenge of the Hunter!
Last year, during hunting season, I brought to you the bizarre story of a man being viciously attacked by a ferocious caged deer. But when it comes to the weird, I always strive to be fair, which is why this year I have decided to include the animal revenge story of Mr. Edward Anderson. Although it is not truly a revenge story, it does have Mr. Anderson coming out victorious over a vicious wild animal. Okay, so maybe a wild cat isn’t really a vicious wild animal in the way a bear is, but Mr. Anderson still bested it all the same.
But what did Mr. Anderson really kill? Although the newspaper called it a “wild cat,” no accompanying picture was included. The wild cat name was often given to the panther, cougar, lynx, mountain lion, puma, and bobcat. The wild cat family actually includes 36 species of animals throughout the world. The article never specifies which creature was actually taken. Weighing in at only 13 pounds, the animal would have been an extremely diminutive panther or mountain lion, yet adult bobcats only generally weigh between 16 and 30 pounds, making it a possibility that the creature was a young bobcat. Whatever it was, Mr. Anderson shot and killed it, and then dragged his trophy wild cat back to Eau Claire where he proudly showed off the fine specimen for all to see. Mr. Anderson also gained a much needed point for man, which tied up the Bizarre History of the Chippewa Valley score at animal 1 - man 1.
Keep an eye out,