Pinchot Journal: Wearing a flour sack to shoot a bear
Series 4 of 7
Submitted by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society. Reprinted from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
Gifford Pinchot, who later became chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was working for the National Forest Commission in 1896 when he traveled south through the Swan Valley with Jack Monroe, a trapper and guide. In the previous installment of the seven-part series, they had finally located the deserted cabin, baked biscuits from the flour they found, and killed two deer.
I left the carcasses on the ground and three fat hams hanging in a tree, and started for camp with the two sad...