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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
My family was from the Moshannon/ Mountaintop area. As a kid in the early 60s, I visited many of the camps out in the Sproul SF on 144. My grandfather and uncle sold and delivered 100 lb propane bottles to the camps, and I’d ride along, particuraly around the deer season opener. My family built the Gulf station at the x-roads of 144 and 879 in the late 50s, and many camp folks would stop in for gas and groceries. It was high adventure for a kid see all the activity of the hunters after Thanksgiving.
I have recollections of several old camps that were lost when SGL 100 expanded in the early 60s. The Hartline, Remington and Snaps camp were all tore down. We used to have a fish fry of fresh caught brookies at Snaps every summer, it was on Big Sandy Run. I believe it was owned by the Chambers family who owned many of the coal mines on the mountaintop. I think it was built in 1906.
My grandfather, who was born in 1905, used to hunt out of the Pine Plantation Camp on Eddy Lick Run. He would go out on a horse drawn wagon and stay for the whole season. This would have been in the late 20s and early 30s. Later he hunted from the Stagger In Camp, also near Eddy Lick.
My grandparents boarded hunters at their home in the 40s and 50s. They paid $50 dollars for the week, room and meals. They usually had about 15 hunters, all from the Lancaster area. In the late 50s they got their own camp in the German Settlement, calling it the Mason Dixon Camp. As a kid my grandfather would take me out to look at their meat pole full of bucks, and also bear in bear season. We were invited out for a meal during deer season. This was many years ago, all the first generation and most of the next one are probably gone now. Those fellas hunted hard on steep side hills of the West Branch of the Susquehanna, many miles from the road. They kept a boat at my uncles place and sometimes put in at Karthus and would float downriver to recover their game. No one’s ever going to hunt as hard as those did back in the day.