James C. Haught recalled this tale about famous Calhoun character Creed Brooks, a story he heard from his grandfather James A. Hoskins.

A man came into Grantsville one day telling a fishing story. He said that he had been fishing down along the "Devils Racetrack" and had caught a bass that was 21 inches long.

Creed Brooks was in the audience and listened very carefully.

In a little bit the man said "The 21 inches was with the head and tail removed. Originally it must have been at least 28 inches long."

After a little while, he said "That bass had to be 32' long."

Creed interrupted the talk at this point.

"You know I was fishing down in that same hole of water about a month ago. I hooked something and when I brought it up it was my grandfathers lantern."

"He had dropped the lantern into the creek during the Civil War. But the amazing thing was that it was still lit," Creed explained.

The fisherman said, "Creed you know that story isn't true."

Creed replied, "John, if you will take about a foot off of that fish, I'll blow out the light in the lantern."

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