Trying to solve a mystery

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003

While I know that I have probably waited too late, I write to stir the memories of folks who lived in Juneau in the late '30s. My father's first cousin, Wesley Wyatt, disappeared on the trail from Echo Cove to Eagle River in mid-November of 1938. I have in my possession correspondence from many who played a part in trying to explain the circumstances to Wesley's relatives here in Tennessee. These include U.S. Deputy Marshall Walter Hellan and Commissioner Felix Gray, as well as people Wesley had personal contact with, such as Milo Clouse, who was a member of the hunting party Wesley had been with aboard the boat Fearless, which was captained by Fred Patrick. The boat, having become disabled and anchored in Echo Cove, provided the circumstances for Wesley to set out over the newly built government trail which connected with the highway at Eagle River. No trace was ever found. My father, Elmer Newton Pafford, walked the trail in 1959, having been flown in by then Deputy Marshall Don Horn, and I myself walked over part of the trail in 1989. I would like to hear from any who remember the events or knew any of the people I have mentioned.

Even if you don't remember these events, but have intimate knowledge of Juneau during that time, I would like to hear from you. I can be reached by e-mail at; by mail at 630 Robb Ave. Apt 1, Clarksville, TN, 37040; or by phone at (931) 920-3512. My thanks and best wishes to the people of Juneau.

Glen Pafford

Clarksville, Tenn.

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