Bear photo creates quite a buzz

Jason Malloy
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BELMONT - A photo taken a half century ago has evoked a slew of memories for Colchester County residents.
The photo was published Saturday in the Truro Daily News' popular Time Capsule feature. It shows four men with two dead bears and a live one. Greg Sutherland, who recently discovered the photo after moving into a home on Laurie Street in the town's east end, submitted the photo.
Here are a few of the comments the Truro Daily News has received:

Brenda McCray, Masstown resident
The people in the photo, from left, are John Morrisey, of Belmont, Charles Teed, Karl Barnhill (directly behind the bear) and Danny Teed. John is Brenda's father.
She estimated the photo was taken in 1952 after bears were causing problems in the area. The men had taken the bears around town and may have had their photo taken by a Truro Daily News reporter.
"I would have only been very young when that was taken, but I remember the bears. I was terrified," McCray said.
She said some of the details are vague but believes the two people in the background are of Roger Carruthers and his son.
McCray said she remembers seeing the photo with the bears and added her brother in Newfoundland and her uncle in Upper Belmont still have copies. She is interested to know who lived in the Laurie Street home and how they ended up with a copy of the photo.
McCray said she couldn't believe her eyes when she opened the paper Saturday and saw the photo. Soon after, the phone started ringing as other people took notice.
"You wouldn't believe the calls I had," McCray said.
"My brother was just home from Newfoundland and his son was home from out west and they look so much like Dad, it's just incredible."
The bear, which is alive in the photo, was kept for a couple of days in Danny's barn but it never stopped crying and had to be put down.
June (Barnhill) Yuill from Old Barns,
formerly of Belmont
The picture still hangs in her home today.
"The photograph was taken in August 1951. These three bears were captured on Belmont Mountain. The bears had become a real nuisance around a logging camp and mill site.
"In the photo, from left to right, are John Morrisey, Charlie Teed, Karl Barnhill, Danny Teed. Standing in the background behind the truck box is Roger Carruthers and his son Gerald Carruthers."
The late Karl Barnhill was June's first cousin. The Barnhills operated logging camps and saw mills throughout the region.

Anonymous female caller
"The day that this event happened Karl Barnhill ... brought them down from up behind the watermill in Belmont. He stopped at all the houses along the road so everyone could have a look at what was on the back of this truck."

Chevy Barnhill, Belmont
Named all the four men in the photo and said Danny's name was Lawrence but went by Danny. He said they were all from the Belmont area and the bears were from Belmont Mountain.

Starr Moore's father John Morrisey is on the left of the photo. She lives in Lower Onslow
She was "shocked" to see the photo in the newspaper.
"That picture hung in our living room all my life, now my brother has it in Newfoundland."
That photo was on very thick cardboard with no frame.

Organizations: Truro Daily News

Geographic location: BELMONT, Laurie Street, Colchester County Belmont Mountain Onslow

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  • Belmontboy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Wow, very surprised when I opened the paper Saturday morning as well and saw all the Good Old Guys from days gone by! Made me smile then & still smile as I type and recall the picture & times.
    As a youngster growing up this picture was famous and hung in the Morrisey house as long as I can remember as well as always in the back of your mind when going to the watermill swimming, fishing, or just playing in the woods. John, Charlie & ( Charlie/Danny's brother) Edgar would always remind you what maybe watching you
    I can still hear their evening laughter as they would laugh years ago listening to our little feet running down the road after dark thinking bears were coming after us!
    Simple times and oh what fun!
    Thanks Greg for sending the pic in & making us all feel Very young again!
    Must have made you think, what the devil?