Pennsylvania Game News - January 2014 - 18

Days Gone By
Medix Run

M

IKE F. VOSEL JR. of Canonsburg
recently wrote us to share some
of his Dad's memories of hunting in
Medix Run back in the latter 1920s
and through the '30s. His Dad wrote
the late Roger Latham, then outdoors
editor for the Pittsburgh Press, to pass
along his memories. Interestingly, both
men once worked for the Game Commission: Latham, as a biologist, and
Mike F. Vosel Sr., then of Bridgeville,
as a deputy game protector. So take a
minute to drift back through this porthole to the past. Deer hunting for some
surely was a lot different back then.
Mike Sr. wrote, "As a regular reader
of your Great Outdoors (column), I got
a real kick out of your article of Dec. 7,
as you wrote about the 'good old days'
of deer hunting in the Medix Run area.
"It just so happens that I hunted
deer at Medix during the time you
wrote about. My first trip up there was
in 1925, a youngster of 22, but you had
to be a real man to make the trip.
"For example, we would get on a
train out of Bridgeville, about 5 p.m.
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on the Saturday before Dec. 1 to Pittsburgh. Then we would take a train out
of Pittsburgh to DuBois, getting there
about 11 p.m. We got a room at the
Logan House for the night.
"Sunday we got a train out of DuBois
called the 'Hunters Special.' This train
of about five cars contained almost
nothing but hunters and their gear.
"It went along what was known as
the Low Grade, through Sabula, Force,
Penfield, Caledonia and other villages.
It would stop to discharge passengers
anywhere - at camps along the way,
farmhouses and even for wagons waiting for a man or a whole crew to be
taken back into the mountains.
"The run from DuBois to Medix
was about 30 miles and it took three
hours to make it. We left DuBois about
1:30 p.m. and arrived at Medix at 4:30
p.m. That gave us about a half-hour
of daylight to visit the Ross Store and
pick up some personal items, such as
tobacco, candy, etc.
"Our gear, except guns, was hauled
in from Shawsville on the other side of
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