Too-good-to-be-true department. | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Too-good-to-be-true department.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 1:14 PM

ESPN is reporting that Tre Merritt, a five-year old descendant of Davy Crockett, killed a 445-pound bear in DeWitt this weekend. Merritt's grandfather says Crockett was the boy's 10th great-grandfather. By my math, that means there was an average of around 18 years between generations in this particular line. I guess they sired young in the old days.

Crockett, of course, was reputed to have killed him a bar when he was only three. He was also something of a speechifier, apparently -- according to the article, he once had this to say of the Natural State:
 
"If I could rest anywhere it would be in Arkansas, where the men are of the real half-horse, half-alligator breed such as grow nowhere else on the face of the universal earth but just around the backbone of North America."


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