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Subject: Re: [MI-CCGS] Deveraux Lake Bear
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 10:53:15 -0400
In Cemetery Recordings Cheboygan County Michigan, published by the Cheboygan County Genealogical Society in 1982, the story is told on page 400. In case you don't have a copy of the Cemetery Book, I'll type it out below.
"FRANKLIN DEVEREAUX/Co 1/25 Mich Inf
Franklin Devereaux: Born Oct 1830 Died Sept 4, 1883.? In August 1884 Indian Sam Flynn found Devereaux's body and that of a bear on this spot. Torn turf revealed signs of a mighty struggle. Natives surmised that the hermit and bear met in a clump of berry bushes. The man mortally wounded the bear but it had enough reserve strength to charge. Devereaux's skull fractured and he died while sitting on a log, head held in his hands, the bear, mouth torn by a blow from the gun barrel crawled to a knoll a few feet away where it died. Franklin Devereaux was a Civil War veteran.? (Located on Devereaux Lake, section 29 of Aloha Township, 10 miles south of the city of Cheboygan.? Maintained by the Veterans organization.)? (T.36N.-R.1W.)"
Al Trudeau, Warren MI
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Subject: [MI-CCGS] Deveraux Lake Bear
Do any of you know where there is a copy of the story about the man who fought
the bear at Deveraux Lake? A story was written called The Sign of the Bear. I
have read the account several times but right now I cannot remember where. A
descendant is looking for information. The mother of the man was Mary
Chrispell. Thanks for any help.
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