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A Child's Christmas in Fairplay, Adair Co., KY

The trapper's good fortune was cause for the whole family celebration in the old days out on 704, but the times, he says, have changed since then
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By Chris Bennett

My Grandpa was a diehard outdoorsman, and he was from the old school. In the winter he earned money by trapping and selling furs. This photo was taken Christmas Morning 1977 by my mother. I am about three years old in the accompanying photo, and my sister, Tammy, was eight.

When my "Grandpa" checked his traps that snowy morning he had caught this beautiful red fox. At that time I think a red fox pelt would bring $35-$50. In 1977 money that was a a nice little payday for a trapper.

He was so excited he brought it to our home and my Mother took his photo. Judging from the look on my face, I think I might have been wondering if that, "Vermin" was still alive.
Now, if I took a dead fox over to my Mother's house, she wouldn't let me in the door, much less take my photo by the Christmas Tree.

The Times Have Really Changed

s/Chris Bennett

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This story was posted on 2008-12-24 06:42:41
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Christmas in Fairplay

2008-12-24 - Fairplay, District 3, Adair County, KY - Photo from Chris Bennett collection.
TIMES WERE DIFFERENT in 1977 when Chris Bennett was celebrating his third Christmas. It was a triumphant day for his grandfather, whose catch represented a trapper's payday bonanza. His sister Tammy is at right. Chris Bennett says the reaction of his mother wouldn't be the same now if he were to attempt to walk in these steps of his Grandpa.

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