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Few humans lived within the Neches River backside as overdue as 1970. guy used to be obvious in simple terms within the occasional cabin or lean-to searching camps equipped at the larger river financial institution flooring. a few of these camps belonged to locals often called the puppy humans due to their looking methods—handed down through their ancestors who had came upon this desolate tract presently earlier than the Civil War—using a local-bred puppy known as a cur. The puppy was once bred for bravery, patience, and devotion and could run its quarry until eventually it bayed or became again so the hunter may kill it. this sort of hunting—not to be pressured with sport—was a style of survival that regularly avoided hunger for households through the melancholy years.

I. C. Eason grew up in these lean occasions. His oral tales of generations of puppy humans come from round the campfire, from the fishing boat, in entrance of a pot bellied range. within the Seventies, I. C. Eason made the choice to end up possession to his land, which, in addition to so much river backside land, had by no means had a deed filed on it. With a attorney he took at the significant businesses who desired to minimize the bushes, drill for oil, lay pipelines and post miles of strength strains. abruptly he used to be in the course of a massive conflict, and he quickly grew to become referred to as “The King of the puppy People.”

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