Chauncey "the bear hunter" Bottum?

Chauncey "the bear hunter" Bottum?

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KMAN

Evanston, IL

#1 Jul 14, 2010
Anyone have any information or photos of a Northwoods / Iron River character by the name of Chauncey "the bear hunter" Bottum? Ask your friends. Ask your family. Ask the "old timers" you know. Cash paid for photos!

Post a reply here, or email me privately at muskyhound@speakeasy.net
Mongo

Boyceville, WI

#2 Mar 22, 2012
I've been to his cabin in the late 70's. Can't remember how we found it but I hear that it is still standing and is being maintained. Contact Webb Realty in Barnes Wi. Owner, Dick Webb, might know where it is and he might be able to give you other info.
Jason Willett

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jun 20, 2012
I beleive my Uncle owns the place that used to belong to Chauncey the Bear Hunter (maybe 15 miles south of Iron River). Chauncey was a writer for Time or Life Magazine, I think. It was demolished and my uncle has a cabin on the little lake there in the Chequamegon National Forest.

We once found (in Florida) a manuscript written by Chauncey's wife, and I think it's now in the Historical Society collection in Iron River.....
KMAN

Chicago, IL

#4 Jun 25, 2012
Jason Willett wrote:
I beleive my Uncle owns the place that used to belong to Chauncey the Bear Hunter (maybe 15 miles south of Iron River). Chauncey was a writer for Time or Life Magazine, I think. It was demolished and my uncle has a cabin on the little lake there in the Chequamegon National Forest.
We once found (in Florida) a manuscript written by Chauncey's wife, and I think it's now in the Historical Society collection in Iron River.....
Hi Jason,

I know your Uncle Bruce and Aunt Phyllis well. They have been extremely helpful to me in my research. I'd like to hear more about you finding that manuscript. If you'd like, email me privately at muskyhound@speakeasy.net

Thanks.
KMAN

Chicago, IL

#5 Jun 25, 2012
Mongo wrote:
I've been to his cabin in the late 70's. Can't remember how we found it but I hear that it is still standing and is being maintained. Contact Webb Realty in Barnes Wi. Owner, Dick Webb, might know where it is and he might be able to give you other info.
Mongo,

That's interesting that you were there in the 1970s. Do have any old photographs from you visit or "souvenirs" from the place?

Email me at muskyhound@speakeasy.net

Thanks!
Chauncey son

Chico, CA

#6 Aug 11, 2012
Chancey was my dad,I lived at WILDERNEST in my infancy,Dad died when I was young and i never really knew him.The only picture I have of him is with Gen Eisehower.I had many others that mom compiled but were stolen from a storage building when I sold my Montana home to take care of her in the last few years of her life. That's why I search the web for any clues of the theft.It's nice to see interest in dad over 47 years of his death.For anyone any that has red the book "The Beaver and the Bear"here's a secret, "TIDDYBOOM"was Phillip Pilsbury.
Smiles,Chancey Jr.
KMAN

Chicago, IL

#7 Aug 11, 2012
Hello "Chauncey Son",

Jimi? Son of Diane?

If you are so inclined, please email me privately at muskyhound@speakeasy.net. I would love to correspond with you about your Dad.

I am on the level, and I look forward to hearing from you.

KMAN
Chauncey son wrote:
Chancey was my dad,I lived at WILDERNEST in my infancy,Dad died when I was young and i never really knew him.The only picture I have of him is with Gen Eisehower.I had many others that mom compiled but were stolen from a storage building when I sold my Montana home to take care of her in the last few years of her life. That's why I search the web for any clues of the theft.It's nice to see interest in dad over 47 years of his death.For anyone any that has red the book "The Beaver and the Bear"here's a secret, "TIDDYBOOM"was Phillip Pilsbury.
Smiles,Chancey Jr.
Al B
#8 Aug 16, 2012
I met Chauncey in 1963, when we stayed at a cabin across the lake.We visied with him several times and enjoyed all his stories and scrap books. The last time I was at that cabin, in 1966, Chaucey had already passed. I've been looking for Wilderness Lake for a couple of years, couldn't remember how to get there after 44 years. I found in a Map Quest. I'm going up there next week,I have a friend in the Ashland area, and he already found it for me. Not sure what I'll find, but I'll take pictures and post them if anyone is interested.
KMAN

Naperville, IL

#9 Aug 17, 2012
Hi Al B,

Interesting that you stayed on the lake. I'd like to hear more details about your visits with Chauncey. Do you have ANY photos of Chauncey or his lodge from BACK THEN? Any "souvenirs"? At your convenience, please email me privately at:

muskyhound@speakeasy.net

The lodge was demolished back in the 1980s and the area is gated, private property now. From my experience, the owners wish to have their privacy respected.

Cheers!
KMAN
Al B wrote:
I met Chauncey in 1963, when we stayed at a cabin across the lake.We visied with him several times and enjoyed all his stories and scrap books. The last time I was at that cabin, in 1966, Chaucey had already passed. I've been looking for Wilderness Lake for a couple of years, couldn't remember how to get there after 44 years. I found in a Map Quest. I'm going up there next week,I have a friend in the Ashland area, and he already found it for me. Not sure what I'll find, but I'll take pictures and post them if anyone is interested.
KMAN

Chicago, IL

#10 Oct 15, 2012
I still would love to hear back from Chauncey's son. I think we could both learn a lot from each other about him. Please consider contacting me.

muskyhound@speakeasy.net
Longbottum Blood

Anderson, SC

#11 Oct 29, 2012
Al B wrote:
I met Chauncey in 1963....
Al-
Thanks for your story about Chauncey at Guns&Ammo. I'm a great-grand nephew who has been reading up on the family history in recent years. "Uncle Chauncey" is one of the more widely written about members of the family. I always appreciate those stories. The Bear Hunter was quite a personality.
Jenny darling

Anchorage, AK

#12 Jan 4, 2013
I am not 100% clear of the relationship but I know I am related to chauncy. My grandmother is Clair Bottom. I am pretty sure she has a picture of him. Standing in front of a shed like home with furs of some sort. I remember her showing me the picture when I was a child.
Kersti Larson

Manassas, VA

#13 Jan 9, 2013
I wasn't aware that my great grandfather Chauncey "the Bear Hunter" Bottom had a son. I thought he only had daughters. What piece of family history am I missing? Just finished reading "The Beaver and the Bear," and found it to be a nice interpretation of Chauncey (of course, I am too young to have known him in person and only have stories from my Grandmother and my father).
Longbottum Blood

Seneca, SC

#14 Jan 15, 2013
KMAN, can I ask what your interest in Chauncey the Bear Hunter is? Are you a writer/historian? Or are you family? I see you are in the Chicago area where several generations of the family lived. Are we related or are you just intrigued by The Bear Hunter's flamboyant character?
Longbottum Blood

Seneca, SC

#15 Jan 15, 2013
Hello cousins Jenny & Kersti. It sounds like I am a 3rd cousin to each of you (sharing George Landon Bottum as a great-great-grandfather), while you two are 2nd cousins to one another (sharing Chauncey Aird Bottum as a great-grandfather). My line is through Chauncey's brother George A. Bottum.

Jenny, if your grandmother is Clair/Claire Bottum Podlesny, Chauncey and Marion are your great-grandparents.(Your dad is either John or Fred?)

Kersti, according to the "Bottum (Longbottum) Family Album" by Rebekah Deal Oliver (who corresponded with Chauncey via letter in writing this family history), Chauncey "had 5 children, 4 by his wife Marion Eleanor Felt and 1 by his wife Diane Skinner" The first with Marion "died at birth", then he had June, Claire and Nancy. With Diane, he had a son, Chauncey Jr./"Jimi" who has posted above in this thread.

(Hi to Chauncey Jr, from your first cousin twice removed).

Jenny & Kersti, if you don't know, the Bottum family line goes back to the early years of colonization in America and is interwoven via marriage with other early families (Burritt, Landon, etc. G-g-gr.dad G.L.Bottum's mom was a Burritt). Many of our ancestors were loyalists when the Revolutionary War broke out. When they lost the war, many fled to Canada, some being granted land for their loyalty (google Burritt's Rapids, Ontario). After about 3 generations there, g-g-grandfather George L. Bottum returned to the USA.
--Cousin David in SC
James Felt

Logan, UT

#17 Dec 8, 2013
I am shocked by the interest in my great grandfather. Hello Jenny and Kersti. I have also been looking for more information, hence the reason I found this thread. Don't know why I'm even posting when I can just email you two. Has dad given you guys any other photos or information? Please let me know.
jane bottum foley

Marcus Hook, PA

#18 Mar 10, 2015
Chauncey was my dad's, George L Bottum uncle. Interesting stories of my family, never knew too much about the early years. My dad and his sister Mary Bottum
Buckie, spent time at the cabin when they were children. Any information on my Grandfather George L Bottum of Chicago would be appreciated, never knew him, just that he owned his own plumbing company and invented some kind of shut off valve. Thank You, Jane Bottum Foley.
Longbottum Blood

Seneca, SC

#19 Mar 18, 2015
jane bottum foley wrote:
Chauncey was my dad's, George L Bottum uncle. Interesting stories of my family, never knew too much about the early years. My dad and his sister Mary Bottum
Buckie, spent time at the cabin when they were children. Any information on my Grandfather George L Bottum of Chicago would be appreciated, never knew him, just that he owned his own plumbing company and invented some kind of shut off valve. Thank You, Jane Bottum Foley.
Hello, 1st Cousin, Once Removed Jane-
You had me confused for a moment, because George L Bottum, is also the name of Chauncey's father. If that G L Bottum was your dad, I would be surprised to find you posting on the web!=)
That would make the Canadian born George L. your great grandfather and George A.(the valve inventor) your grandfather, right? I didn't know that Mary's brother was also a George L.
My dad is your cousin by your Aunt Elise (only child of your grandpa George A.'s first marriage to Helen Gustafson). I'm not sure if you ever met him or not. I'll ask him if he knows you. I have some basic info (dates and places, but don't have too much in the way of stories) on some of the family. Feel free to email me at d j hammer AT outlook DOT com.(Remove the spaces and translate to standard email format, of course).
-- Cousin David
jane bottum foley

United States

#20 Mar 18, 2015
Hi David, did not know my Grandfather was George A, or that he was married before. My Grandmother was Mary Mc Bride Bottum, there was always some confusion how my Grandfather died. I never meet anyone from the Bottum family, except my Aunt Mary, we were very close. I have never even seen a picture of him. I have access to a picture taken at the cabin with my Dad and Aunt Mary, I will try to post it on my fb page. Thanks for the information on the history of the Bottum family.
Longbottum Blood

Seneca, SC

#21 Mar 19, 2015
jane bottum foley wrote:
... Thanks for the information on the history of the Bottum family.
My pleasure. Your grandfather (my great grandpa) was George Alfred Bottum, born 11-18-1878, died 12-11-1929. I'll ask my dad if he remembers anything about his grandpa's death. I don't recall any details. He said he doesn't recall ever meeting you, but he does tell a few stories about "(Great) Uncle Chauncey" and remembers meeting "Uncle Buckie", who he said was memorable to meet when he was a kid, because "you don't often meet someone who fought in WWII and had his front teeth knocked out by a rifle butt."
I do have a low quality picture of your great grandfather George Landon Bottum as well as various dates and places of birth and death for different family members. Also, some more distant historic info -- as mentioned above in the thread, the Bottum family were early colonists in America.
If you email me at the address given previously, I'll be glad to share that info.

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