Document 106976

Seek Timber Bids
Seminar on Aging
Slated Oct. 24
Watertown Dailv Times
Watertown, N. Y.
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Monday. Oct. 8, 1973
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ChamberDinner Set.
LOWVILLE'— Sealed bids
LOWVILLE — The comare being accepted at the Demittee for the 28th annual
personnel including nurses, meeting and dinner dance for
partment of Environmental
aides,
dietitians, housekeep- the Lewis County Chamber
Conservation office in Albany
ing,
in-service
education, or- of Commerce has met to foruntil Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. for the A seminar on "Reality Ori- The main speaker will be derlies, physical
'therapists,
sale of sawtimber stumpage Jentation — New Approaches Dr. Muriel Oberleder, New physicians, rehabilitation spe- mulate plans for the event to
in the Town of Osceola, Lewis ,to Treating Senility," will be York City, clinical psycholo- cialists, food service, social be held at Snow Ridge, Saturday evening, Nov. 10.
County, on 48 acres about a presented Oct. 24 from 8:30 gist specializing in geriatric service and administrators.
psychology,
and
consultant
to
Registration
should
be
a.m.
to
3:30
p.m.
at
the
State
The committee is commile southeast of the hamlet
Bronx State Hospital.
made by Oct. 21. Those plan- prised of Martin Schill, TurOffice
Huilding
Auditorium
of Osceola. The minimum ac- under the sponsorship of the The seminar is open to the ning to attend should contact in, chairman; Paul Forte. Lowceptable bid shall not be less Samaritan-Keep Home and public with special emphasis Mrs. Forshaw at the Samari- ville. K. .lames Hurt. Croghan
than $l,65(f.
'the Ryan Nursing Home*
and S. J. Harris, Lowville.
on all levels of health cure tan-Keep Home.
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— Times Staff Photo
fcpike Draper, leathercraft maker and story-teller par excellence, sits at his
work bench at his shop on the Independence River. In background are samples
of his hand-made packbaskets and leather accessories.
Once Performers
Couple Forsakes Retirement
For Thriving Leathercraft Shop
,
By FRANCIS POUND
Spike's happened to be in and roll them up, they
an adjoining lot and recog- would keep two or three
CARTHAGE — In the nized him.
weeks, even a month, deearly 1950's, hoping to reNot long after they built pending on how much salt
tire, Spike and Dody Drap- their camp, the friend had you use. They could then
er purchased a lot on the managed to find Spike and bring them to us at their
Independence River where, returned with a pair of convenience," Spike adthey thought, no one else snowshoes asking Spike to vised.
would settle.
fill the centers.
Garden Work
Now, more than 20 years
"I told him I didn't have
The Draper's are also
later, they are still in busi- the material and couldn't kept
busy caring for their
ness at one of their life- do it," Spike recalled, "but garden,
feeding their chicklong trades and find the he returned a day or so lat- ens, cutting
fuel for their
demand for their hand- er with some heifer hides wood burning
stove, or
made leather products, and said 'Now you got the tending to the upkeep
of
snowshoes and packbaskets stuff.'"
their
five-room,
single
level
so great that they have to
With that, Spike was
store they
close five days a week and back in business making home-workshop
built
in
1958.
operate weekends to allow snowshoes.
While
operating
his
themselves time to keep
Two pair of moccasins, stands, Spike was also a liabreast of other tasks.
given as Christmas gifts to censed hunting and fishing
A Seneca Indian, Spike neighbors who had since guide for nearly 15 years.
first came ' to the north built a camp near Spike
did not talk much of
country in the late 1920's, and Dody, started the moc- hisHeexperiences
as a guide
settling at Star Lake. Over casin business up.
—
that
was
another
story
the next few years, he
"The woman returned a for another day. Spike had
opened stands at Oswe- week or so later with an or- several such sorties.
gatchie and Indian Lake der for two more pair. We
He did explain why he
prior to locating at Oneida . made moccasins for people
quit
guiding.
Lake.
in Lowville that winter as
As Spike told it, one year
Learned Trade
long as the hide lasted. The around
the state
He learned his trade next fall we started buying jumped its1940
license
fee from
while living among the Mo- deerskins, processing them $2 to $5 and replaced
the
hawk, Algonquin, Sioux, and selling moccasins," small identification buttons
Mic Mac and other Indian Spike said.
\
then in use .with large
tribes as a youth.
Since then, Spike and brass
badges.
Before going into busi- Dody have been operating
After
one season wearing
ness for himself, he had "Spike's Wigwam" on the
the
badge,
Spike took it to
been making and selling Independence River, a few
the
local
conservation
offibaskets wholesale to stores miles south of Number
cer,
explaining
that
if
he
at $6 a dozen.
Four Road in Lewis County. ever fell through the ice
Shop Busy
"They would jump • the
with that thing on, he
prices to $3 a piece. I
Due to the lack of skilled would drown for sure.
thought that was a little craftsmen and the demand
"It made a man look a
too much for them and too for their handmade leather
little
too important. Anylittle for me, so I went into pouches, belts, moccasins,
way,
after
a man gets old
business for myself," Spike packbaskets and snowshenough,
he
gets more sense
recalled.
oes, they have all the busi- than to want to kill everyAnd about that time the ness they can handle.
thing he sees," he added.
depression had set in and
"There are few people
Spike and Dody have
there wasn't much else to left to do this type of work.
also
made a living performdo.
There is a great demand ing on stage a violin-acroSpike recalled the events for these things and the batic act, dressed in Indian
leading to the purchase of people with the knowledge garb,
with Spike also dem• their lot, the building of and ambition to back it onstrating
woodcraft and
their home and how, up," Spike observed.
relating
Indian
lore at
through
an
accidental
Besides weaving baskets, sport shows and in schools
meeting with a friend and making
moccasins
and
a Christmas gift.of a pair • shaping and filling snowsh- across the country.
A flyer in the late 1930's
of moccasins, they never oes, during the week Spike
advertised
Spike as "The
did retire.
is busy gathering black ash Tarzan'of the Adirondacks
Spike and Dody were op- logs and pounding them
erating their Oneida Lake out for splints to make bas- — Famous-for his wilderstand when he first got the kets or splitting the logs ness ventures without food,
or matches — a
urge to hide away and re- and shaping them into blankets,
true son of the forest."
tire.
snowshoes,
They had been performThey heard of lots on
Gathering the black ash ing before they opened
- the independence River logs is not easy. It could
' being for sale from neigh- take a day or a week, Spike their stand at Star Lake
and continued to perform
bors who were working the noted, recalling of once during
after the destand with them and they looking over 300 acres of pression and
until
they opened
began making regular trips land and not finding a sin- their present stand.
' to the region.
gle black ash tree suitable
They quit entertaining
"I cautioned my friends for his purposes.
when
they came to Lewis
not to tell anyone who I
He buys cattle hides year County, realizing part of
was," Spike noted.
round and, during . the
dream to retire, but
He wasn't too impressed hunting season, is busy their
only
after
they first came
by what he saw on the first buying deerskin and moose out of retirement
to put on
few trips, but one day he hides and processing and a few shows for local
picked up a black ash log, dying them red, blue or schools.
made a few splints and black to make moccasins.
"We could go back to
started weaving a basket.
"We could always use work performing anytime,
"That changed the situa- more hides," Spike said.
but we would rather stay
tion. The country took on a
"No one seems to care back in here. We like it
different
complexion. 1 about them (hides) any- here. It's nice and quiet,"
started making baskets and more. It's a shame to see Spike said.
taking them to our stand to them wasted, just thrown
Spike and Dody Draper
sell," Spike recalled.
on the junk heap," he com- have no intentions of
Purchased Lot
mented.
changing their lifestyle or
It was not long after that
"If people would just lay getting "tangled up" in any
that Spike and Dody pur- the hides flat, scatter salt other.
chased their lot, obtained on them, fold the sides in
lumber from a local sawmill and soon had a camp
— about 15 feet square
with a sawdust floor and a
converted oil drum for a
atove.
"We thought we were
hidden here. We thought
we could retire." Snlke
No experience neceisary
said, noting that when they
built in the early 1050s
Agt 17-34-Wt will train you
they were the only ones in
the area.
Good Salary and Benefits while you learn
"Wo didn't think anyone
else would build here."
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. first trips to the region,
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even before they had purchased their lot or built
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