European Stars And Stripes, September 6, 1970, Page 18

Publication: European Stars And Stripes September 6, 1970

European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Darmstadt, HesseAP Story and Photos by EDDIE ADAMS After tft* Indlojn*, they were the first of the first — the troppers. Th« Alaskan wilderness was their hom«, its gome rtteir quarry* for 0 dwindling few it still 1$. H|almor "Sttm** Carlson (see cover) is 85 now. And still frapping. He is a portrait almost frozen in time . . . dog team and sled a one-room log cabin with a bed, battered sofa, a tree trunk for a chair and a crude wooden table . . . above his homestead on Lake Minchumina, the towering mass of Mt. McKinley. "An awfui lot of people on the outside no doubt would think I'm a lonely man. You con 1*11 them 1 wouldn't trade my life with any of them. How can I get loneh/ with so much to do? And i have my dogs. Tele- vision? You can have ft. i wouldn't accept one as a gift. I prefer reading. Anyway, I don't have electricity." His one contact with the outside is a battery-powered short- wave radio on a shelf near his bed. "The whole world has gone craxy," says Carlson. **We don't have riots out here. Just mosquitoes." His nearest neighbor is 15 miles away. But distance it nothing in the wilderness. Carlson's troptines ore SO miles from hit cabin. H* generally walks it nowadays. At h*« age, Kit dogs sometimes are a little hard to handle. But he remain* hardy on a diet of vegetables from his garden and fish from his lake. Besides Ms radio, Carlson keeps contact with the world by sub- scribing to a book club and a variety of magazines — including Reid end Stream. But he knows the hard demands on a man completely on his own. "Once my big too froze, so I cut it off. Another time 1 chopped off my left thumb — accidentry. I tried to tew it back on, unsuccessfully, its either operate on yourself or ale." Imitation fur is more of a concern right now to the old trapper than his rugged life. Sable peftt now bring only $15 or $20. In 1948 they were worth $72 each. But his knowledge is more funda- mental than the market place. He knows that wolves don't attack dogs or human beings, that "you can get five gal- lons of good grease from a black bear. Good for baking end frying doughnuts.1* Carlson sleeps when he likes, reads when he likes, gets up when he likes. "And I always have my dogs to talk to. When they start answering back, i know HI be In trouble." Once he had an itch to climb his huge neighbor. "I took one of my dogs with me and got up 12,000 feet. We looked up to the top, talked to each other and decided to return home. I guess I'll leave my bones beneath her.** 'I've never been lonesome ... 1 have my dogs to folk to." "I eat when I get hungry ... I sleep when I get sleepy." Sunday, September 6, 1970 "I never look for the next day . . . only take them as they come." THE STARS AND STRIPES Page VU ;

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Publication: European Stars And Stripes

Location: Darmstadt, Hesse

Issue Date: September 6, 1970

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