Tortoise May have Link to Early Settlers - 1901

(01/17/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/18/1901.

In burning off a clearing on A. Huffman's farm a few days ago, a tortoise was found with the following letters plainly cut in it: "J.M.B., 1851." and in another place, "P.M., 1878"  It is supposed that the first inscription was cut by Jonathan M. Bennett, and the other by Peter Morris.  The date shows his tortoiseship to have been at least 50 years old and he might have rounded out another half century, had he not been caught in the burning clearing and burned to death.  The shell is on exhibition at Mr. Huffman's barn where it may be seen by any doubting Thomas.