What would happen if you arrived at work like any other day only to find yourself in the middle of a crazy adventure? There is a good chance that you are looking forward to coming to work for the next few days. This might be just what you needed to fall back in love with your job. There will be no more drab and boring days. On the other hand, you might have a hard time thinking of an intriguing work day if you are working a dead-end job. Who would have thought that a logger would stumble into something unforgettable during another day at the job? Listen up and find out what happened to this guy!
This logger and his coworkers are often assigned a sufficient amount of trees to meet the quota and keep their hands full. He kept the power saws working over the day to meet the construction requirements of the builder. Together with his team, he launched into the task at hand earnestly. As they waited for the power saws to warm up, the entire team realized that they needed to stop. After all, they just saw something that would bring their operations to a halt.
Just Another Day
Things were going smoothly for the Georgia Kraft Co. woodcutters until the teeth of the power saw started to grind against one specific tree. It gave the whole team the most incredible but unexpected experience ever.
A Remarkable Experience
Even to this day, they still look back at that experience with amusement. The world is indeed full of remarkable experiences. Even though science has tried to step in and cast some light on this event, it is still hard to digest.
On that particular cloudy morning, they discovered something that would mystify them until they received some of the answers they needed. What was that odd tree hiding? Only time would tell.
Not Many Fans
Not a lot of people are thrilled about logging as a profession. They primarily frown upon thanks to the nature of the job. After all, they are brought in to tear down nice trees in the forest.
They are tolerated in Jasper City because nearly every family there has a direct or indirect link to the industry. The beautiful city in Pickens County, Georgia is next to vast mountains such as Bent Tree, Big Canoe, and the Sharp Mountain Preserve. This is also called “the first mountain city.”
Not Good Wood
A fungal infection threatened to wipe it out in the early 20th century, but they were able to survive and spread across Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and even Novia Scotia. They are unique, but this tree was nothing like they have ever seen.
A Great Source Of Money
A huge American Chestnut tree mass surrounds the mountains near the city and provides a good source of income since they were commercially valuable. In general, they burst from the ground and tower above the ground quicker than oak trees do.
In 1980, 7 to 8 Georgia Kraft Co. workers left home to work at just after 10 a.m. They were sitting in an empty truck barreling towards their location for that day. There was a lot of work to do before they could call it a day. The loggers all worked on their different tasks as soon as they got to the site. This was a normal day until they finished their lunch break. When they resumed their duties after that, they noticed that there was something weird about one certain tree.
They had been right on schedule and chopped down the majority of the chestnut trees that needed to fall. There were only a few left, which included a very lightweight one that they initially thought was hollow.
A Secret That Made It Difficult
At a glance, they thought that it was going to be an easy task to chop it down when compared to the other trees. However, they went on to find out that it had a secret that did not make this the case.
When they felt the tree trunk, the loggers started to cut it up into smaller chunks so that it will be easy to transport. As they were going about the routine procedure, a logger on the team noticed that there was something unusual about it.
They initially thought it was hollow, and they were partially right. If this were true, the light should have passed through its trunk from one end to the other. But it was not the case, which meant either the tree was not hollow or something was stuck there. Which was it?
People who looked at this tree trunk from some distance away from said it looked like a black hole in a tree. No matter how they viewed it, this tree was intriguing and fascinating. It would be reasonable to mistake this for a stem growing in the tree. However, the truth was a lot weirder than this.
The loggers all exchanged confused looks as they wondered what could be blocking the passage of light. There was one more dilemma. Who would go in to check what was blocking the light in this hollow tree?
The community had a lot of suspicions, and we cannot blame them for refusing to volunteer right away. They knew that it could not be dangerous, but the hesitation was still reasonable.
It looked like the loggers reached a stalemate until one of them decided to offer himself up to the task. He planned to get inside the trunk to get answers. This brave man bent forward and put in half of his body in the hollow trunk for a closer look.
However, he then jumped back out shrieking. It took him a few seconds to regain his composure and describe what he just saw. His coworkers all gathered around him the moment that he caught his breath.
They looked at him with curious expressions on their faces. He stood there, all pale and shocked. His colleagues could no longer contain their curiosity. When at last he spoke, he told them that he just saw a beast in there!
They did not believe him right away even though he appeared terrified. His reaction was so bad that they all stopped working. It is not every single day that they get caught in circumstances like this one.
What It Was
A few other loggers took a quick look, and they all came back out with puzzled looks on their faces. Just how did something like that get in there? In fact, exactly what was that thing anyway?
For The Pros
It was a terrifying moment for them, especially since the was the first time they ever saw something like this. They just stumbled into a discovery that only archaeologists and scientists typically get.
The loggers all knew one thing. It was that they would be unable to use this tree, so they would have to consider it as a loss of the work. Despite this, they knew that the thing stuck in between the trunk was valuable and significant. They then took the most logical step, which is to call the manager. However, the manager only told them to just focus on finishing the day’s work.
From a glance, the thing stuck in that tree trunk looked like a monster jumping out from below. Others thought it was a fierce canine that was growling and baring its teeth. What could it be?
A Living Being
Even though there were different descriptions, there was something that everyone agreed upon. It was a living being. It was no longer alive at that moment, but it was breathing at some point. They were all curious now, and everyone wanted to learn just how this creature got inside this hollow tree.
The way this creature got stuck in the trunk seemed to indicate that it had been trying to go forward but just got frozen in time. Everyone was wondering what happened to this poor creature.
Getting A Better Look
There were many guesses and questions, but there was only one right answer. The hint was in the teeth of the creature, and they only noticed it upon closer inspection. It seemed obvious when they took a better look at it!
This animal came with a long snout, paws, and sharp teeth. The features were all visible since it had been pretty close to the top of the trunk. However, they were only able to unravel the mystery when the loggers found out that it was a dog. They all sighed upon learning that it was a living dog in the past.
A Mummified Dog
People started to make different descriptions of it, with certain folks dubbing it a mummified dog. Just what was this mummified dog doing in there anyway? It was not ancient Egypt, so this dead dog was not buried in some kind of coffin.
Frozen In Time
This animal was not even mummified at all! It seemed like this dog just obeyed its master’s command to freeze and remain there until the time of his death. Was that right?
As the mystery went on, the loggers were all confused about how this dog even got in the tree at all. Could it have been trying to hide or run from something or someone? They needed to push it to the back of their minds to finish the rest of their tasks. They were able to decide what to do with it, though.
The loggers agreed that leaving it uncut would be bad for the profit margins, but they knew that this discovery was too valuable to simply chop it to pieces. They opted not to cut it down anymore and just absorb the costs.
The Trunk With A Story
This was a good choice since this trunk had a story and even lesson to tell all of us. As soon as they completed the tasks of the day, the loggers brought the trunk to what they thought was the right place.
They figured that it was where their queries about this poor dog and the tree would get answers. They were unable to fathom what could have led to that odd discovery. Did they solve it?
A Long Road
The best place to bring the trunk to was scientists as the loggers figured out that they could give the answers they needed. However, it ended up being a long wait since it took the scientists over a year before they could deliver the answers.
A year after they made the discovery, the scientists could finally tell them what happened. While relieved, the loggers were also sad to hear the truth. What was making them tear up on the job?
You will find a museum known as The Southern Forest World in Waycross. This museum was launched by the Industry of Forestry of the Southeastern United States. It has a collection of mementos and artifacts related to wood products from the colonial period to the modern-day.
This was where the dog ended up, still inside the tree trunk, to serve as an artifact. They donated the canine to the museum authorities who helped unravel it all. When the loggers brought the tree trunk there, the authorities had yet to open the museum.
There was reason to believe that the exhibition would be a success. The museum required its backstory. The only information back then was that the loggers found it in the trunk. They needed the true story behind it.
A Biological Anthropologist To The Rescue
This was how a biological anthropologist called Kristina Killgrove got involved in the story. With her expertise, she was able to give the proper advice and information after taking a look at it.
Bottom Of It All
She was able to take a look at the theory that the dog got mummified. However, she dismissed these observations and said it was impossible. She was able to give a real explanation for this phenomenon.
Kristine was able to break it down step by step. Starting with the tissue decay process that started the putrefying process in which microbes start eating up the tissue after death. “They grow, they reproduce, and they start taking over the body,” she said. This was more logical than any other explanation.
The truth was that chestnut trees had tannin and desiccant, which is an organic substance that absorbs moisture. She said that it was a special characteristic of the species, which is why nature was prevented from its normal course of action. The body was preserved for this reason. The lack of moisture halted the microbes from going after the body tissue. But what about scavengers who smelled the body?
Hiding Its Scent
“Anything that would eat dead flesh would never know he was in the tree,” said Bertha Sue Dixon, the director of Southern Forest World. With no active microbes, the smell was not strong enough to lure in scavengers. Even if a smell existed, it got blown up through the hollow trunk instead.
Bertha went on to say that it was a hunting dog chasing something in there. This dog was four years old at the time of its death in 1960. He probably saw a squirrel or raccoon go through the hole and followed it.
A Relentless Dog
This dog was likely relentless since he never gave up until he was 28 feet up there! He failed to escape and died up there. He must have tried to dig his way out of there but failed to notice that it narrowed up top.
The museum said, “A chimney effect occurred in the hollow tree, resulting in an upward draft of air. This caused the scent of the dead animal to be carried away, which otherwise would have attracted insects and other organisms that feed on dead animals. The hollow tree also provided relatively dry conditions, and the tannic acid of the oak helped harden the animal’s skin.”
This dog did not have a name until 2002. This went on to be a popular display at the museum and even took the center of the museum amidst important species of trees. At the moment, he is the ambassador of Southern Forest World, which uses the image of this dog in various postcards and promo materials.
Previously called the “Mummified Dog,” he finally got the official name Stuckie. This name only came after a naming contest. The top contenders were “Chipper,” “Dogwood,” and “Stuckie.” However, the last one was the most popular.
One Step Ahead
Someone said that its trunk coffin was like “pegan logs,” often sold in Stuckey stores. The museum decided to modify the spelling to avoid trademark problems. This was a good idea since it would have cost them millions.
Brandy Stevenson, the manager of Forest World, got questions about this dog as people got curious about it. She said, “People always ask me, ‘How did he get in there?’ And I always say, ‘Well, he was a hound dog. Maybe he was after a coon.’ And then they’ll say, ‘Poor old thing. I feel so sorry for him.’”
There are various opinions about what should happen to Stuckie. Some said that the dog deserved a proper burial instead of putting it up on display. People raised questions about whether it was appropriate to have the body exhibited to visitors, preferring to put the dog to rest instead.
However, Stuckie had been in there for years. His body managed to stay intact for years. Ever since it got to the museum, he has been a huge attraction in the museum. The idea of letting the dog go has never even come up.
The museum has said that he will stay on display to raise awareness among children. No matter what people feel about the dog, they sure agree that this is one intriguing story.
This is why Stuckie will stay in the same place that he has already been for the past couple of decades. If you ever find yourself near the Southern Forest World, make sure that you bring your loved ones over to see him!
A Rare Find
For a young boy, his average day of going fishing did not turn out as he thought it would. When his uncle saw that his fishing rod had a deep curve to it, he thought for sure that he had caught something. He went over to help him, but neither of them was expecting to see this on the other end of the rod. When they pulled out a piece of leather from the water, they realized this was not a fish at all!
Fishing With The Boys
Brodie Brooks, who was 11 years old at the time, couldn’t wait to spend his day fishing with his friends. He had recently been gifted a brand new fishing rod for his birthday, so he couldn’t wait to get out on the water and put it to use.
Out On The Lake
If one thing is for sure, it’s that not one person on this fishing trip expected anything out of every day ordinary to happen on this day. They thought they would be sitting on the water waiting to catch a small fish, not pulling with all their might and reeling in an old sunken purse.
The males were out on Lake Hartwell in Anderson County in South Carolina, waiting patiently in hopes of catching a big fish. They all took the boat out together and cast their rods into the water to wait together. They were hoping for a relaxing day on the water.
After they all put their fishing rods out into the water, they all sat around and exchanged a few jokes with one another. When they all woke up that morning, they had no expectation of even catching something, let alone having to alert the authorities because of what ended up on the end of their rod.
Getting A Bite
The adult that was with the group of young boys was named Ben Myers; he taught Brodie how to bait his new fishing rod and how to cast it out into the water. Despite being a fishing natural, Ben never expected that his teaching skills would lead Brodie to catch something like this.
From Astonishment To Fear
We are sure that you can only imagine how surprised Ben was to hear that Brodie had actually caught something and needed help reeling it in. Ben’s huge amount of excitement quickly turned to fear when he saw just what Brodie had caught on his fishing rod.
A Big Catch
“I felt like it was a big fish because it was bobbing my rod up and down,” Brodie explained. He mentioned that he actually remembers this day perfectly, “I’d just gotten an Ugly Stik, so I was scared I was gonna break my rod.”
But What Was It?
“…I was scared the line was going to snap.” Once Brodie was able to reel the bag out of the water fully, he opened it up to see what was inside. When he noticed the contents of the bag, he got chills all up and down his body and immediately asked Ben for some extra help in what to do here.
When Ben first glanced at the purse it was easy for him to tell that it was pretty old, but at first sight, he didn’t really realize just how old it was. Once Ben took a closer look inside the bag, he found a missing puzzle piece that helped him discover just how long that bag had been underwater.
In Good Shape
Despite the leather being faded and worn out, the purse was in pretty good shape for how old it was. When the two guys opened up the purse to look inside, they saw that some of the items were completely unrecognizable, but that some others were still in mint condition. When Ben saw this one item, in particular, his jaw dropped.
At first, the growing boy was upset that he didn’t actually catch a huge fish as he had hoped. He said he really thought it was a fish because of the way it was bouncing up and down on the rod. He thought he caught a huge fish, but he was nervous that it was so big that his rod would snap.
What Was Inside
The drenched purse had a lot of things inside, many of which left the boys speechless. Old and nearly unrecognizable photographs were one of the staples of what was first found in the bag, but the did not help to solve the mystery of whom the bag belonged to.
A Bag Full Of Things
They kept looking around the bag in hopes of finding a clue as to whose bag it is. Some of the items they found were bank cards, cash keys, a whole wallet, a planner, and cosmetics. The mysterious bag owner sure liked to keep a lot of stuff on them at all times.
First Time For Everything
When interviewed, Ben explained, “We might catch a can here or something like that. But as far as a woman’s purse, that’s a first for me,” he continued, “I’ve been fishing on this lake all my life, and that’s the first time I saw something be caught like this.”
A Familiar Face
When they got back to dry land and continued looking through the contents of the purse, the men noticed something. Ben realized that he thought he might actually know the possible owner of the purse! What a small world. Was he right?
He knew that he recognized her from his childhood, but he couldn’t put his finger on exactly when or where he had met her. After staring at the photos for a few minutes and thinking about it, he realized that he grew up going to school with her nephew, but he hadn’t seen her in over ten years.
He thought he was imagining things. He said, “You fish up a purse for one, then you actually know whose it was. It was crazy.” Catching a purse on the other end of your fishing rod is weird enough, but imagine it belonging to someone that you know.
In Remarkable Shape
Unbelievably, most of the items were still in amazing shape, despite being underwater for 30 years. When Ben continued to look through the bag, he found more store cards, old lipsticks, and a hair comb, all of which were still in good condition given the circumstances.
There were still many questions running through their minds; who did the bag really belong to? How long had it been underwater? Perhaps the biggest question still lingering was how did the bag get in the water in the first place?
Some of the photos were of people, and just by looking at them it is clear that they were taken a very long time ago. Even though the photos had been submerged in water for quite some time now, they were still in great condition.
Impossible To Know
Still, it was not possible to know for sure who the purse belonged to before opening up the most secretive and personal compartment they could find. Once they did this, they not only figured out who the purse belonged to, but where she went to school, too.
When they opened another section of the bag, Ben and Brodie noticed more photos. They were stuck together and the boys had to separate them very carefully. They let the photos sit flat to air out and the boys began inspecting them for clues. One photo, in particular, caught their eyes immediately.
They Rang The Authorities
When they looked at this photo is when they noticed a very familiar face looking back at them. Both of them sprung up out of their chairs and couldn’t believe what they were looking at. Ben knew immediately that he needed to get the cops involved, so he picked up his phone and dialed 911.
Brodie thought the woman in the photo looked familiar, and Ben thought from the second he saw the photo that he knew who this woman was. Ben said to ABC News, “She was a friend of the family. I went to school with her nephew, but I haven’t seen her in ten years.”
How did an entire purse end up at the bottom of the lake? How long had it been there for? It had to have been many years, looking at these photos. When Ben realized this could be a criminal case, he got nervous that he’d get in trouble for tampering with evidence. After all, he didn’t know what happened to this woman or what happened to her bag.
Finding The Woman
After explaining their discovery to the police, Ben took to Facebook to try to find someone who was related to this woman. He found her nephew online, and he messaged him. He couldn’t believe that after all these years someone found her bag at the bottom of the lake.