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Letters: Credit where credit is due

Credit where

credit is due

I would like to respond to the article in last Wednesday's paper about the tragedy suffered by Will Zimbrick and Willie Fox.

Certainly credit is due both of them for the lives that they led. Both of these young men worked and made a living for themselves. They both got married and both were treasurers of Hubbard County. Both were able to hunt and neither one of them lived off the county.

Will Fox engaged in farming, logging and hired out as a teamster. He drove a four- horse team, went to the Dakotas and pitched bundles, sawed firewood and shot a rifle. I remember going with my brothers to see him and he told how he used his rifle to hunt deer by pulling the trigger with a string held in his teeth.

Will Zimbrick was elected treasurer of Hubbard County in 1896. He served three terms until he was beaten by Willie Fox. The vote was Zimbrick 727 and Fox 738. However, Fox was beaten at the next election in 1904 by Mr. Wilsie.

When the small game hunting season opened, he applied for a license. The clerk told him he couldn't buy a license for someone else. He said, "I want it for myself." He came back with four pheasants, one rabbit, one quail and one partridge. He used an ordinary double barrel shotgun. He had his stub arms equipped so he could use a crosscut saw, ride a bicycle and dress himself.

An article in the Enterprise of Feb. 11, 1915 reprinted from the Seattle Evening Telegram shows the Zimbricks were living in Seattle. In Seattle he worked as a salesman for a nursery company. He wrote and signed his name with a pencil held in his teeth.

Frank Mitchell

Park Rapids