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On ‎11‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 5:30 PM, fishinwrench said:

My girls used to write poems about me, back when they thought I hung the moon.  😊

Need to find those, frame them, and hang them all over the house... because they've long forgotten how freakin' awesome I am.  😂

You aught to get them to read this forum -- that is ALL you need.

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Indeed, Ralph was quite the character. Brings back many memories. I believe he was the first outfitter to set up in that area. We were regulars and he would rent and shuttle for 7 bucks, even for the 18 mile float. The shuttle was not always pleasant, as he may have been hauling hogs or cleaning outhouses before the ride. I miss the days of the old wooden bridges, they lasted decades thru multiple floods and were quite interesting when about 6 inches under water. The new concrete bridges ruined the habitat both there and at the Onondaga crossing.

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One of the interesting facets of Treehouse was that he'd do anything for anybody he knew, but he absolutely hated people using "his" gravel bar unless they were staying at his place or renting his canoes.  At the time, there was a big gravel bar in the V where Huzzah entered the Meramec, and it was part of his land.  He figured he owned that gravel bar, and was notorious for coming down and running people off it.  Probably came close to getting into several fights over it, and you didn't want to mess with him.

These days, Huzzah Creek enters the Meramec nearly a quarter mile upstream from where it did back then, and the old channel is almost completely hidden at the river, and has a little pool a ways up it which is all that's left of the old Huzzah.  So the Huzzah has eaten up a lot of acres of Treehouse's land...I don't know what the law is on whether the land to the old channel is still owned by the family or whoever owns it now.  So the gravel bar of contention is long gone.

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My dad rented from Ralph Brown allot. Interesting guy. Heard that he  took a shotgun an holed a trespassing canoe or several for parking on “His” gravel bar. Not sure if that story is true. He was great to dad & me. Could pole a canoe upstream at an impressive rate of speed.

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It has always been my observation that a guy with no women in his life has a lot of free time.

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The ol'boy (Mike) that runs GreenMill campground on the Little Niangua is a character just like that.  If he likes you you just know it, but if he doesn't then it's best to not even look in his direction. And just because he chews you out about something doesn't necessarily mean that he doesn't like you.  I get my rear-end chewed for driving too fast through the campground every time I go out there....."Bygod, Sims, if you run over my G-D dogs I'll just flat kill ya!"....And I don't think I've ever exceeded 10mph 😂 

He will never take my money for using his ramp so I always just take him some PBR or Stag, but never more than a 12-pack because if you give him more than that you'll have to stay until it's gone.  One evening he got on a crying drunk talking about how lonely he was and how much he missed his brother that had passed.  I told him he needed to find him a good woman, and he said he thinks about that alot..... but ------- he just doesn't have time to get cleaned up and go to town.....as if that's all it would take.    If you knew Mike then you'd know how hilarious that is.  🤣

Good dude though, genuinely good, and he honestly worries about people.  

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