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Jeremiah Stevens

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Jeremiah Stevens

Birth
Mississippi, USA
Death
23 Jul 1916 (aged 78–79)
Dinwiddie County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Dinwiddie County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
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Jeremiah was in care here 5 years before his death of dysentery. He'd been employed as a laborer in Dinwiddie County prior to his admission to the hospital. He is best known in woodsmen circles, however, as a maker of scratch box turkey calls and the Jeremiah Stevens Award is now given annually by the National Wild Turkey Federation to the maker of the winning call. Jeremiah's calls were reportedly sold all over the East Coast and are the oldest known type of scratch box call that can be traced to its maker. There are only 8 of his calls known to still exist.
The attached newspaper clipping from 1904 indicates that he and two other men from the area were going to New York for the NY Sportsmen's Show at Madison Square Garden as part of the Virginia exhibit.
Jeremiah was in care here 5 years before his death of dysentery. He'd been employed as a laborer in Dinwiddie County prior to his admission to the hospital. He is best known in woodsmen circles, however, as a maker of scratch box turkey calls and the Jeremiah Stevens Award is now given annually by the National Wild Turkey Federation to the maker of the winning call. Jeremiah's calls were reportedly sold all over the East Coast and are the oldest known type of scratch box call that can be traced to its maker. There are only 8 of his calls known to still exist.
The attached newspaper clipping from 1904 indicates that he and two other men from the area were going to New York for the NY Sportsmen's Show at Madison Square Garden as part of the Virginia exhibit.

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