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Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: ebsurveyor] #6541827
05/21/19 08:49 PM
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Thanks for posting that ebsurveyor Carroll Black took me there in 97 when I took instructions from him. It's changed a lot from when I was there. No newer houses or swimming pool then. The Morton building up at the road with the swimming pool behind it was the newer building he put up. You can see the pond where the lane going back to the house bends to the left. If you remember his stories in The Trapper about sitting by the window watching muskrats in the pond that's the spot. When I was there the original shed by the pond was still standing, but barely. It had caught on fire at some point. We went inside and kicked around a bunch of debris on the floor and there was an old burned up Helfrich trap.

Blackie had a lot of great stories about Helfrich and the fur industry during the 70's and 80's.


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Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: Ross] #6542093
05/22/19 10:36 AM
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interesting stories about days gone by. I met Helfrich at a convention many moons ago. He seemed like a quite and nice young man. Also met Blackie at a convention.
Had a chance to sit and watch a coon demo done by a Maine trapper with Carrol. Before and after we talked quite a while. He was a real nice guy.

One thing I remember about both of those guys is the articles the wrote, both wrote well. Also remember very well their ads for instruction. They used every psychological ploy in the book, often quoting well known authors. Paraphrasing, Give up your jobs, follow you dreams, the only difference between a rut and a grave is the dimensions. Follow you heart and be a professional trapper. Don't be a slave for the "man." etc. Those guys were good trappers but they were really good salesman as well.
We still have a few salesman types that are smoother than an ells tricker. You all know who they are. LOL


It was not but a few short years both were working regular jobs and or running a business. LOL. Good ads none the less.
Mac

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Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: Mac] #6542098
05/22/19 10:42 AM
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I remember one article Helfrich wrote about setting traps, confidence, something along the lines of how your energy would effect the animals etc. I know I could dig around and still find it.
Lots of stuff to think about but actually not very helpful. Made a guy realize they really NEEDED professional trapping instruction.



Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6542169
05/22/19 01:36 PM
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pm back to ya Mac

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6546489
05/30/19 09:30 AM
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wew,gotta go again

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6546508
05/30/19 10:26 AM
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Jim Helfrich. was one of the few/first to use color photos in his fox book Vol II and catalog, very good pictures as they were expensive to print at the time along with the number of pictures that had to be developed that did not make the book. Printing was expensive back then. Any collector should keep a copy around as a bench mark reference. He did a good job.

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6546573
05/30/19 12:57 PM
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He wasn't one of the guys that had anything to do with Montgomery Traps going under did he? I knew some kids who worked at the trap factory back in the seventies when fur was being trapped by about half us guys in my high school.

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: gryhkl] #6546598
05/30/19 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by gryhkl
He wasn't one of the guys that had anything to do with Montgomery Traps going under did he? I knew some kids who worked at the trap factory back in the seventies when fur was being trapped by about half us guys in my high school.

No he wasn't,but that would be an interesting story.Always wondered what happened to Montgomery,as far as I was concerned they were the best trap manufacturer in North America.Then they disappeared.


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Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6546703
05/30/19 06:43 PM
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went today the boy and I,,shame to see progress. where jims place was is now 3 fancy houses [Linked Image]
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pic 1 is his old road,3 is his long driveway before,the storefront gunsmith is the little town of fredericktown,,,the graves are my great aunt and uncle who lives in back of him about 3 miles. Farm is all gone now too. Spent fun times there at my sons age playing with cousins [Linked Image]

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6546711
05/30/19 06:54 PM
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rolled the snapper off the highway,,he was mad(scared .....so many cars and trucks straddling him....he had mouth wide open when i went up. Rolled him off into grass with boot. About once a yr i take one off. many times i grab tail but this guy was too determined to bite. [Linked Image]

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: west river rogue] #6546843
05/30/19 10:51 PM
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You were in my hometown.I currently live on the last street at the North end of town.

Re: helfrich trapping supply [Re: ghhunter] #6546896
05/31/19 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by ghhunter
You were in my hometown.I currently live on the last street at the North end of town.

lol,i never go that far north(close)dont have much use to go to f town nowadays. Family lived out near north liberty.....house and barns are gone now.

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