In 1898, Oscar Funk of Churubusco, Indiana claimed he saw a giant snapping turtle in a seven acre lake on his farm. He told other about it, but decided to drop the matter. However, in July 1948, two other citizens claimed they had also seen a giant snapping turtle (upwards of 500 pounds) while fishing on the lake! The farmer who owned the land at that time, Gale Harris, also claimed to have seen the creature. Six months later, a reporter from Fort Wayne sent out the story on the national wire services and the turtle became world famous. He was so popular that local police had to come in to do traffic control. Despite the hype, and the month long search for Oscar the turtle (so named after the original owner of the farm), he was never found.
His memory lives on though! Churubusco hosts Turtle Days each June in memory, and yes, it includes turtle races.
Our Beast of Busch is a beautiful variegated green-blue with some splashes of an earthy light brown.
Hattie Floof: 50g, 459 yards, 72% mohair/28% silk (lace weight)
Chester Sock: 100g, 437 yards, blend of 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Gladys Shawl: 100g, 438 yards, single ply blend of 70% superwash merino/30% silk
Tortie Sport: 100g, 287 yards, 80% alpaca/20% silk
Minnie DK: 100g, 246 yards, 100% superwash merino wool
Genny Worsted: 100g, 191 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% alpaca
Chubby Trevor: 115g, 136 yards, 100% superwash merino
Chunky Trevor: 100g, 76 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, single ply
Piper Fiber: 85% Polwarth Wool/15% Tussah Silk, approximately 4oz braid of fiber for spinning, felting, etc