Photo contributed by Ray Ehrle

Looking Back 10/5

The year was around 1950. There had been several reports by neighbors in East Cochecton who had seen a massive bear. During a deer hunt, Edward Hartmann spotted huge bear tracks in the snow. A posse gathered to include Eddie, Adam Sauer, Artie Bossert, Ken Just, Bill Lubeck, Charles Ebel, H. Schicht, and Bill and Charles Fisher. Ken Just was the first to surprise the huge bear, which stood up only 25 feet away. Ken’s shots were wild; the bear loped off, passing Bill Fisher and Eddie Hartmann, who wounded it. The chase was already three hours old. Off in the distance the fellows heard shots, including the final shot from Arthur Bossert’s rifle, which got the bear between the eyes. “Several hundred” people came to see the trophy at the Adam Sauer home to listen to the exciting story of how they got “the big one.”

Shown left to right in front of Adam Sauer’s house in East Cochecton are Adam, Eddie Hartmann, Artie Bossert and Ken Just with the  354-pound bear.  Contributed photo from Ray Ehrle.

The Cochecton Preservation Society will next meet on March 6, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Cochecton Town Hall community room. For winter activities visit cochectonpreserva or email


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