DAILY STATESMAN – BOISE, IDAHO
MURMURA REQUIEM FOR HUNTER
of Henry Sebring Laid to Rest in Wilds of Clearwater Mountains
PUT BODY IN CASKET OF RUDE LUMBER
Words of Big-Hearted Men Pay Tribute Before Remains Are Left in Solitudes Given
Up to Wild Beasts – Story of Young Man’s Fight for Life Against
Dec. 14 – With four Forest Service men as pallbearers of his rude coffin of
pine slabs, whipsawed in the forest and three trappers as the audience which
listened to the rough-spoken words of good fellowship marking the memory of
Henry Sebring, the young hunter’s body has been laid to rest on Pete King
Creek, a branch of the Lochsa river, 100 miles from a settlement, in the haunt
of wild beasts, where solitude is disturbed only by the occasional passing of a
United States Forest Ranger, in which claims the frozen body was found by
Sebring had gone hunting with W. Sensney of Kooskia, an experience woodsman, and
after camping at Syringa, December 3, startling on the first leg of their long
jaunt on the hills.
in the Mountain
traveling but two miles they became separated.
The search for the young man was taken up by rangers next day.
On December 5 a party left the forest reserve headquarters at Kooskia,
Idaho, to hunt for Sebring, but both parties met with no success.
Tracks were discovered in the snow on Big Smith Creek, and later the
paper in which his lunch had been wrapped was found.
Night in Hollow Tree
during the night obliterated all tracks. The
next day the party found where Sebring had crossed the divide into Pete King
Creek, nine miles from the mouth. Tracks
were afterward found in a circle. He spent the night in a hollow tree.
search was given up, but Bert F. Cressler and Tony Lock, both forest experts,
kept on the trail and found the remains face downward in a snow bank, his gun
lying three rods away.
had traveled about 30 miles and succumbed to the strain and the exposure in the
rugged Clearwater mountains.