BRANT LAKE Over 100 people showed up for the Local Historian's Night sponsored by the Friends of Horicon Free Library, when Jane and Roger Daby, Grace and Bruce Meade, and Linda Hoyt talked about businesses that had been located in Brant Lake.
Poul Carstenson acted as facilitaror for the lively discussion that often strayed to stories of people, places, and all kinds of things that happened in and around the Town of Horicon.
Many said that they had no idea that Bruce Meade was such a storyteller. One interesting story he told was about collecting soda bottles along the road and then returning them to Cronin's store for the deposit money. He would collect his money, and knowing that Mr. Cronin would put the bottles out behind the store, he would wait a while and then go out back and get the bottles and return them again.
Lou Russo told a story that involved a group of men from the town who shot a 417 pound black bear in Pharaoh Lake. It took them two days to drag the bear home and hang the bear up. Lou saw the bear hanging there day after day and finally he stopped and asked what they were going to do with that bear and learned they had no idea. He was given the prize bear and with the help of five friends the bear was loaded in the front seat of Lou's Volkswagon bus so he could show it to his students in New York City. They didn't get far down the highway when the gamey bear's smell got to them. Somewhere between here and New York City the bones of that bear still lie in rest.
The whole audience got involved in telling stories and remembering special people. The evening came to a perfect ending when Elna Meader, coordinator of the program, read a tribute written by Grace Meade in memory of her brother, Albert Monroe.