Jim Casada's book on legendary turkey hunters
Jim Casada, our premiere Great Smoky Mountains outdoorsman/writer (see his newsletter) has written a new book, Remembering the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters.
“I knew several great turkey men, and every one of them was passin’ quair," Jim Cassada's grandfather had once told him.
Following this aphorism, leading off Chapter 2 of his book, Cassada launches into the story of Simon Everitt, turkey hunter from the Roanoke River area.
"Everitt was born in 1858 in a railway shanty car at a railroad siding near Halifax, North Carolina...The humble circumstances of Everitt’s birth notwithstanding, anyone who looks closely at his career must reckon that he was, in many senses, a Renaissance man."
Among his achievements, he wrote poetry, ran a guide service for turkeys and waterfowl, served as mayor of the town of Oriental, NC, painted CocaCola signs. designed and made an original turkey call, and was the author of material which appeared in women’s magazines using a female nom de plume,