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Little Boy, Big Fish

Little Boy, Big Fish

I found this in a box of old family photos. A note on the back of the picture states "Homer Hall and 47-pound catfish caught in Aug 1927." The Hall family (one of whom was married to an aunt of mine) lived in Hudson, Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River, so I imagine that is where the photo was taken.

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Legend has it that in 1950 when they built the I-94 Bridge in Hudson between WI and MN there were monster catfish at the bottom of the St. Croix River. They were reported to be at least 6 feet long. This photo makes me wonder; maybe those monster catfish weren’t just an urban legend.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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