Going through a desk drawer I came across my Hal Waugh knife

by Rob Leahy ⌂ @, Prescott, Arizona, Saturday, June 29, 2024, 12:39 (19 days ago)

It's BARELY legible as a Queen Steel #39 model. Looks like a Schrade. This was handed down to me from my great uncle Harold "Hal" Waugh the first Master Guide in Alaska. He was a peer of Pinell & Tolifson, at one time they all shared the Dead Man's Bay hunting concession on Kodiak.
Julie, his wife, gifted this knife and a few other items to my uncle Terry Reese. Terry, knowing that I had the closest affinity for Hal, gifted me with this Brown bear tooth from Hal's record book bear and this knife. Hal died of the London Flu in 1971. a friend, Chuck Kiem, had clients and friends write stories of their memories of Hal and Julie Waugh. I read the covers off the first copy my mom gave me. Hal was a hero in her family... [image]
Hal & Chuck used to write for Alaska Fishing & Hunting magazine, His articles were compiled into this book. a fun read about Alaskan outdoors.
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The Tooth was made first for terry grandfather, Hal's father by terry who was a jeweler for a few years...
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Grancel Fritz's bear

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Terry was with me when I shot my first deer a couse buck, high up in the back country of the Chiricuahua mts. Terry took me on my first Alaskan bear hunt. Hunting with terry was always a interesting and fun time. I am grateful he passed the legacy down.
My Prince of Wales Island Black Bear 4/88.
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Going through a desk drawer I came across my Hal Waugh knife

by Paul ⌂, Saturday, June 29, 2024, 16:09 (19 days ago) @ Rob Leahy

Thanks for sharing that, Rob. Family ties to the past are precious. Keepsakes are just one such kind of tie. Handling them brings back memories and helps us to keep grounded in an ever changing world.

Going through a desk drawer I came across my Hal Waugh knife

by Fivegunner @, LOWELL Mi., Sunday, June 30, 2024, 06:56 (18 days ago) @ Rob Leahy

Great post Rob, sometime I would like to have a cup of coffee with you:-D

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