Larry spent a few days in Seattle last week, officiating at a fifth-generation, North Fork-connected wedding . . .
I spent most of last week in the Seattle area officiating at a wedding. I have had the honor of doing this several times, and this is only the second time I felt it was worthy of mention in this North Fork column.
The first, which was the first ceremony I ever performed, was when I officiated at John Fredericks’ latest wedding when he married Sharon Costantino. That ceremony was performed in a meadow south of Polebridge, and the bride was delivered in the back of a pickup. Also, the ceremony was mostly attended by family and North Fork friends.
This most recent wedding took place more than 500 miles from the North Fork, but the groom is the fifth-generation of his family with North Fork ties. That makes his wedding of interest to North Forkers.
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A North Fork-related item appeared in the Hungry Horse News “Yesterdays” feature this week . . .
Oct. 5, 1951
A young housewife home alone with three young children up the North Fork took care of a large black bear accused of being a peeping Tom. Mrs. Jack Mathison was bathing her youngest child at their cabin on Whale Creek near the Canada border when she saw the bear looking in the window. After yelling to get the bear to leave, she picked up her husband’s rifle and shot the bruin through the window.
Larry Wilson presents a 25th anniversary column this week. Or maybe, since he says the first one was in 1985, it’s 26 years. Anyways, here’s the lead-in . . .
At the end of March I will have written this column for twenty-five years. The first one appeared on April Fools Day 1985 which was probably appropriate.
I was asked to write the column by then owner and editor, Brian Kennedy, and I agreed with many reservations. My only writing experience was writing wrestling columns for Mel Ruder when I was coaching at Columbia Falls High School and felt ill-prepared to replace John Frederick, who had been writing the column. He at least was an English major. At that point I decided I would try to inform folks about the North Fork and let someone else teach grammar and English.
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From the Wednesday, November 19, 2008 online edition of the Daily Inter Lake . . .
An annual survey of bull trout spawning activity has found higher redd counts in the North Fork Flathead Basin, and counts below average in the South Fork Flathead and Swan River drainages.
This year’s count found that Trail Creek was the biggest producer in the North Fork drainage, with 49 redds. Coal Creek continues to be the drainage’s least productive stream, with only two redds.
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