The Bear

Student Collector

Brittany FitzgeraldFollow

Date Collected


Place item was collected

Layton, UT


Michelle Fitzgerald

Point of Discovery/Informant Bio

Michelle Fitzgerald is my mother. She was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, as a member of the LDS church. She attended and graduated BYU, where she met my dad. She is a stay-at-home mom, and enjoys crafts of all kinds.


This story is lean on details, because Frank was not interested in non-objective descriptive terms.


"My father‘s family the Butler‘s were all great hunters. Probably out of necessity during the depression. My great grandfather broke his back in a mining accident and was never able to hold a full-time job after that. There is a family story documented by newspaper article of how he and my grandfather Frank shot a bear up Spanish Fork Canyon. Not only do I know this is a true story because of the article, but also because the decades later, while my husband and I were staying with my grandmother we found the carefully saved their skin. In a drawer with the bullet hole still visible but in less then prime condition- it smelled! After all it had been at least 50+ years."


This story is presented with an air of humor- the corroborating evidence is emphasized, and there is a definite sense that without it everyone would assume it was a tall tale.


ENGL 2210


Lynne McNeill

Semester and year

Fall 2018


G7: Marriage and Family

EAD Number