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12-14-2009, 05:49 PM
I ran across an actual voice recording of Mark Cathey at age 54 that may be of interest to some of you fine folks. In the recording he talks about a bear hunt at the Bryson place that he and a party of 29 went on in 1921. I have read quite a bit about Mr. Cathey and his "dance of the fly" on Deep Creek. Here is the site:
12-14-2009, 06:53 PM
Speck lover--You can also listen to the voice of a grand old Tennessee mountain man, Wiley Oakley, through the same site. These and a number of other recordings were made by Joseph Hall in the 1930s and 1940s, and they form the foundation for an absolutely wonderful book published by the University of Tennessee Press, "Smoky Mountain English." Hall had an early portable recorder and consciously sought out mountain sportsmen as a prime source of interviews.
At one time a fellow was scheduled to do a book based on these interviews in a series I edited, "The Outdoor Tennessee" series published by the University of Tennessee Press. Apparently nothing is goign to come of it, because that was some years ago.
The original interviews are in the archives at East Tennessee State University.
As for Mark Cathey, I've written about him numerous times over the years, and some of the tales connected with him form a standard part of many of my talks. Just this past week I got a rare little item which describes his religious conversion late in life and provides details on the background to the wonderful epitaph on his tombstone in Bryson City. The information came from the son and daughter-in-law of the man who wrote the epitaph, Rev. W. Herbert Brown. For those of you who know Bryson City and lower Deep Creek, Rev. Brown was the man who founded the Smoky Mountain Bible Conference and Camp Living Water.
All my years I had heard my father, who was along on one of the last, and probably the last, fishing trips of Cathey's life, talk about Uncle Mark's keen, high-pitched voice. Hearing this recording, which is just a short excerpt from a much longer interview, brought it all to life.
12-15-2009, 08:11 AM
Thanks for sharing. I am glad that someone had the foresight to record interesting things like that.
12-20-2009, 04:07 PM
Thanks, Speck-nice site. Do you or Jim know if the tapes are available 'complete' on the net? Wish someone would publish that book Jim alluded to. Ghost
12-20-2009, 05:06 PM
Ghost--No, there is no complete offering on the Internet. In fact, other than the originals, I'm not sure copies exist. I've got a couple of contacts I'll check it out with though. As for the book, I don't think it will ever happen--at least not with the fellow who had the original contract. I'll post if I learn anything.
12-22-2009, 03:36 PM
Pretty interesting I'd say.
If he had a few ya-yups in there I would have guessed he was from the back country of Maine.
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