WHO CARED ENOUGH TO PRESERVE HISTORY
So often, we
collectors never know where the objects in our collections come from or who
owned them. Who were the people who cared enough to preserve their fishing
tackle? Not everyone valued and took care of their possessions so
they lasted for all of us to enjoy today.
old fishing tackle is just discarded by the families of deceased parents or
grandparents who loved to fish. All the great lures and boxes they
cherished are sometimes just tossed aside while cleaning out a life-time.
Many younger family members don't understand how much that old tackle meant
during the early part of this century. It was hard to come by and often
the only source of entertainment their parents or grandparents enjoyed.
In the case of
the lures and boxes displayed here, those objects are provided by the caring
families or friends to be appreciated by those of us who also care. Thank
you to all the families or individuals who have allowed me to acquire the fun
things that were a part of their lives. These are their stories.
The TIMELINE will give you an idea of what was going
on in the world at the time these individuals had these lures.
Reasons you might not want to sell your
lures on eBay
lures and boxes were found in a metal tackle box stored in the rafters of
a miner's shack in Montana. The shack was along the
Musselshell river in eastern Montana Coal country where Joe frequently
fishes and explores. The lures date from 1905. Who would ever
have thought to look in the rafters for something like these treasures.
Joe helped pay for his
daughter's college tuition with the funds he received for placing these
items in this collection.
of an early (1908-1920) Heddon and Pflueger group of lures and boxes sold
to this collection. The lures all still had a
hanging price tag on them from when they were sold in a pharmacy, as can
be seen in the top photo which were placed there by her husband's
grandfather who "put them away" over a number of years. The lures
were stored by the family after the death of the grandparent and only
recently surfaced. Over the years, the children played with the
lures and parts of the boxes were lost or lures were used by the various
This is typical of the
individuals who preserved the lures for one reason or another. Ann
said she was going to put the funds she was paid for this collection
toward her two children's college education. The photos are of her
grandfather on one of his fishing trips.
Heddon 900 which was found in an old fishing shack in an area not known
for Bass fishing. The lure and box were stored in a wood chest, in
the northern part of western British Colombia
young girl calls me on a Sunday and tells me her uncle has some lures he
wants to sell, but doesn't know how to work a computer, so she is doing
the leg work on the internet and relating the information to him.
Seems he has several old lures and wood boxes "under his bed" on a piece
of plywood. The lures have been there for years and he just never
thought much about them. I get in touch with him, and sure enough he
has a set of Joe Pepper lures still in the wood box and several other
empty wood boxes, but no lures in them. We settle on a price for the
whole group and the rest is history. I paid him so much for the
lures and empty boxes, he almost had a heart attack and I aged ten years
waiting on him to pack them up and ship them to me. Everyone wins in
this kind of deal because I paid him a small fortune and I got some really
nice rare pieces for my collection..
"Jim, my father, loved the outdoors. He participated in many different
types of sporting activities, but fishing was the one that he continued to
enjoy late into his life. He was a quiet reserved man and I am sure he
loved the peaceful, serene surroundings of a mountain lake at day break."
"He first started fishing in the
late 1920’s at Huntington Lake, California. He worked as a summer ranger
at Yosemite National Park for a number of years and loved the fishing
opportunities that the Valley offered."
"He had a special fishing
buddy and those two grew old together fishing the lakes and rivers of
California. They would take day trips to Millerton Lake, Pine Flat,
Hensley, Kings River and Lake Don Pedro. If time was limited in their
earlier days, they would fish the sloughs on the west side of Fresno,
California. Their favorite fishing vacation was a the Klamath River. They
loved the beauty of Mount Shasta and the Siskyous Mountains. They returned
there year after year."
"My dad passed away in 1996
at the age of 93. My sister and I have been sorting through
treasures and cleaning out the house and found his fishing lures. Dad’s
old fishing friend said they had a motto, "If it’s a good one, buy it."
They were neatly stored in their original boxes.
These lures were sold into this collection by the grandson of a woman who
obtained the lures from her "paramour" for whom she worked in the early
years of this century. (c.1904) The lures are from a man named F.A.
Pardee from Kent, Ohio. The grandmother lived in Chicago around the
turn of the century. The man from whom she obtained the lures was a
wealthy industrialist whose name you would instantly recognize. In
1973, at an advanced age, the grandmother gave these lures to the grandson
and told him to go fish with them as she had had them all those years and
never used them. The grandson stored them away until just now when
he needed funds to pursue other professional interests and hopefully make
some changes which will enhance his life in a positive manner.