September 24th, 2010, 04:36 PM
Glenn St. Charles Campfire "Such a deal..."
Recently I was in Nebraska to perform four archery exhibitions at the Ponca State Park for a big EXPO they hosted. After the Expo Dick and Carol Mauch hosted me at their beloved Plum Creek Cabin for some Fall turkey hunting. While in town we recieved word that Glenn St. Charles had passed away.
Dick mentioned that they had built a fire when Fred Bear passed and that he wanted to do one in Glenn's memory. So Carol baked an apple pie (Glenn loved pie) and Dick found one of Glenn's old cedar hunting arrows with a bear razorhead. I built a nice fire and Dick, Carol and I enjoyed celebrating Glenn's life. Dick recited from memory "Death, the collector" by Edgar A Guest and then added the arrow to the fire. Carol had hand written Glenn's last words on a paper plate with the pie, "Such a deal" and tossed the piece of apple pie into the fire. Then we sat and enjoyed the beautiful fire. Many stories were told and it was a fitting fire.
The next morning I used one of my hunting arrows to dig through the fire and find the Bear razorhead among the ashes. I took it in and gave it to Dick. Next we layed it on St. Charles' book, "Bows on the Little Delta" and I snapped a photo. Then I went bowhunting.
When I returned we enjoyed some of Dick's famous sourdough waffles... he got the starter for these at the Little Delta around 50 years ago and has kept the sour dough starter going since then. The waffles were great. Now I see Fred, Lattimer, and St. Charles' addiction to hunting with the Mauch's. Wow, there are no finer hosts.
Next, per Dick's request, I got my 60# hunting bow and took the Muzzy broadhead I used to dig the Bear razorhead up with... I placed it on one of my special signature arrows (#36) and drew the bow back and shot it into the interior wall of the cabin. Dick had Fred shot the cabin in 1982 and I was honored to once again follow Fred's track's by also shooting the cabin. His arrow was outside, mine was inside. I reminded Dick that it was the first P&Y cabin I'd ever shot. He laughed and said Fred had shot it too and I added, "Yeah, but the porches weren't there then and now it's bigger so my cabin scored more..."
I was sad to say So Long to Dick and Carol, it had been a fine weekend among friends. The little cabin on Plum Creek is a beautiful place to be and now I see why men like Glenn and Fred loved it there. Dick and Carol are special folks and I hope to see them again very soon.
I am writing a column on these events with more photos, I wanted to go ahead and post some pics and info now.
That's the latest. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the St. Charles family.
Frank Addington, Jr.
September 24th, 2010, 04:39 PM
The Bear razorhead off Glenn's arrow... you can read about Dick and Carol and the Plum Creek cabin in this book of Glenn's.
September 24th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Dick and I admire the fire and enjoy Carol's pie..
September 24th, 2010, 04:43 PM
#36 signed arrow...
I signed it to Dick and Carol and then added RIP GSC and then put this arrow into a log in the cabin per Dick's request.
The Muzzy head buried into the log.
September 24th, 2010, 08:43 PM
Those feathers wrinkled on impact.... I brushed them back down a little so the arrow would look better.... it's in the log pretty good. I put it high enough so it would be out of the way.
September 25th, 2010, 12:50 AM
Great story and very emotional. Thanks for sharing.
September 25th, 2010, 08:46 AM
September 25th, 2010, 09:11 AM
So long for now
Asprinbuster and friends;
It's always hard to let people we love and admire go; Mr. Glen St. Charles was a gentleman who cannot be replaced and who's presence will be greatly missed; the people at this cabin that you stayed recently seem also very special; you are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends; it's great to know that a wonderful place called heaven awaits us to once again join around a campfire that will NEVER burn out;
Thank you for sharing and may we all in someway leave a legacy like Glen St. Charles;
September 25th, 2010, 10:33 AM
Fred Bear signed the denim curtain outside his bunk at nthe Plum Creek cabin. That started something. So after that all over night guests sign the curtains... there are names like Nugent, Ann Hoyt, Ann Clark, Earl Hoyt... 10 Archery Hall of Famers in all. Anyway, here's Glenn's signature outside the bunk he slept in.
September 25th, 2010, 12:20 PM
Very nice post, thank you for sharing
September 25th, 2010, 12:47 PM
Nice post.... Thanks!!
Just curious.... What is that under where you shot the arrow? It looks like a hunk of meat but I doubt that's the case and I can't figure out what the red things are.
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September 25th, 2010, 01:04 PM
Frank, thank you very much for sharing.
September 25th, 2010, 01:57 PM
Thanks gang. My arrow is under the "borkle".... they made it. They tell first time visitors it's an animal they have on the ranch.. it's a joke.
September 25th, 2010, 11:41 PM
September 26th, 2010, 12:57 AM
Love the post thanks for sharing.
September 26th, 2010, 08:42 AM
September 27th, 2010, 07:10 PM
Thank you for sharing. What great people you all are and were.
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September 28th, 2010, 02:03 PM
wow, cool story. i was pretty sad to hear of glenn's passing. someday im gonna meet the mauchs', god willing. bows on the little delta is by far my favorite book of all time. pretty cool way to pay tribute i think.
i was hunting moose and bear in canada when i heard of glenn's death.
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September 30th, 2010, 09:47 AM
September 30th, 2010, 10:24 AM
Sad to hear of Glenn's passing, I met him at the Kansas Bowhunters association banquet many years ago. He is a legend.
Rest in peace.
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September 30th, 2010, 02:44 PM
Frank - Nice post. I'm saddened by Mr. St. Charles' passing. Just ordered "Bows on the Little Delta" from his son. Looking forward to reading it.
September 30th, 2010, 10:40 PM
When you get the book, be sure and check out Glenn's chapter on bowhunting the sand hills of Nebraska with Dick and Carol Mauch! There's also photos of Glenn and his wife riding a canoe in Plum Creek, which flows right out in front of the Mauch's cabin.
October 4th, 2010, 12:09 PM
Originally Posted by Aspirin Buster
October 13th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Great Story. I was fortunate to tour his bow shop in Washington with all the great memorabilia before they sent most of it to the museum in Minnesota. He was really an amazing person. RIP.
October 13th, 2010, 07:12 PM