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The Stories of I. C. Eason, King of the Dog People
     

The Stories of I. C. Eason, King of the Dog People

by Blair Pittman, Don Moser (Introduction)
 

Few people lived in the Neches River bottom as late as 1970. Man was noticeable only in the occasional cabin or lean-to hunting camps built on the higher river bank ground. Some of these camps belonged to locals known as the Dog People because of their hunting methods—handed down by their ancestors who had found this wilderness shortly before the Civil

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Few people lived in the Neches River bottom as late as 1970. Man was noticeable only in the occasional cabin or lean-to hunting camps built on the higher river bank ground. Some of these camps belonged to locals known as the Dog People because of their hunting methods—handed down by their ancestors who had found this wilderness shortly before the Civil War—using a local-bred dog called a cur. The dog was bred for bravery, endurance, and devotion and would run its quarry until it bayed or turned back so the hunter could kill it. This type of hunting—not to be confused with sport—was a method of survival that often prevented starvation for families during the Depression years.

I. C. Eason grew up in those lean times. His oral stories of generations of Dog People come from around the campfire, from the fishing boat, in front of a pot bellied stove. In the 1970s, I. C. Eason made the decision to prove ownership to his land, which, along with most river bottom land, had never had a deed filed on it. With a lawyer he took on the big companies who wanted to cut the timber, drill for oil, lay pipelines and put up miles of power lines. All of a sudden he was in the middle of a big battle, and he soon became known as “The King of the Dog People.”

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Library Journal
So called because of their hunting methods, the "Dog People" were the early settlers of the Neches River bottom in East Texas. Eason, a child of the Depression, was among the last of the breed to eke out a living on this swamp land. These 18 stories, told to and shaped by photographer Pittman, show that Eason is as gifted a storyteller as he is a hunter. His tales include vignettes on hunting and fishing; tall tales of bulls, snakes, and ghosts; and the story of his courageous fight against the timber and oil interests that tried to steal his land. For general readers.William Gargan, CUNY, Brooklyn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574410129
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,386,732
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author


Award-winning photographer Blair Pittman has also written The Earth Book and The Natural World of the Texas Big Thicket in addition to being a contributing photographer to American Heritage, Forbes, National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian, Time-Life Books, and Texas Highways.

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