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1997-03-01 - Photo Staff. CHARLES BARNES, nephew of Rena Tupman, holds the bear trap the late Charles Tupman bought at the Elmer "Dink" Willis estate sale some 40-50 years ago. In the background is the famous Tupman's Pond. Ms. Tupman thinks that Mr. Tupman may have given $5 to $10 for the trap. Mr. Willis probably never used the trap, she says, but he did get word out in the Zion Community that he had set it in his sang patch. A few years back, Barnes had threatened to use the trap to protect his prize watermelons. "Some idiot came in and plugged them all. Ruined the whole patch," Barnes remembers, "and he was old enough to know better. "The trap is believed to be over 100 years old.This item first appeared in Issue 12 of the print edition of Columbia! Magazine.
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