Folk Figure, Sheepherder, Bear Hunter. Arguably, the most famous grizzly bear in America, and the last one in Idaho was named "Old Ephraim" after a California grizzly in a P. T. Barnum story. Old Ephraim terrorized herds of sheep from Soda Springs, Idaho all the way to Weber County, and settled in an area known as Logan Canyon. Frank Clark was one of the owners of the Ward Clark Sheep Company. In the year 1911, he found over 150 sheep that had been killed by bears. He started a crusade against bears and killed more than 50 of them. But Old Ephraim was not counted amongst his kill. By 1914 Old Ephraim had become his number one objective and he pursued it with a vengeance. Everywhere he went his faithful sheepdog, Jenny, and his trusted .25-.35 caliber rifle was with him. He used every trick he had learned in killing all the bears. Every trap he set was either sprung or avoided by Old Ephraim who was also getting bolder and wiser ever year. On August 21, 1923, after almost ten years of devoted to his quest for the huge grizzly, he was awakened by a terrible noise. He grabbed his seven-shot rifle and went to investigate what he thought was a horse caught in his trap. Discovering that it was Old Ephraim who was well hidden in the brush, he waited and watched all night. At daylight he got a glimpse of a patch of hide and in his own words, "I fired at it and grazed the shoulder. Now for me to get the biggest thrill of my life. Ephraim raised up on his hind legs with his back to me, and a 14 foot log chain wrapped around his right arm as carefully as a man would have done it, and a 23-pound bear trap on his foot, standing 9 feet 11 inches tall. He could have gone that way and gotten away, but he turned around and I saw the most magnificent sight any man could see. I was paralyzed with fear and could not raise my gun. I was rooted to the earth and let him come within six feet of me before I stuck the gun out and pulled the trigger. He fell back, but came again and received five of the six remaining bullets." Clark then turned and began to run. He realized that Old Eph was still coming and that his faithful companion, Jenny, was snapping at Eph's heels. Ephraim turned on Jenny and Clark turned back and as he neared the badly wounded bear put the last bullet in his brain. Clark, who never married, told his niece, and only surviving relative, Thelma Clark that after it was over, he was sorry he did it because he was a magnificent bear. Not only was Old Ephraim the last grizzly in Idaho, he was the last bear killed by Frank Clark.
Malad City Cemetery
Plot: Block 21, Lot 5
Created by: Tom Todd
Record added: Jul 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20260468