JUNE 9, 1997

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The Old Fisherman Crossing still stands

Old Fisherman

Erected in honor of two fishing cronies, Roy Funk and Net Herman.
Photo by Oscar Roloff.

Oscar Roloff by Oscar Roloff
According to Ward Roney, Jr. of Duvall, the Old Fisherman Crossing sign was erected in honor of two old pioneers, Roy Funk and Net Herman. During World War II, Roy's father, Bill, had rented land from Judge Roney. I knew Bill's wife, Pearl. About 20 years or so ago, I featured Pearl as an outstanding senior citizen in Duvall.
   Daily, all of the river-edge people would watch in fascination as cronies Roy and Net slowly drove down the dirt road to their old fishing hole. They'd park their car, cross the road, and sling their "baited" lines into the river. As the two fished, they'd spin yarns, sing a song or two, and pull 'em in. Ward said you could set your watch to the exact time every day they'd arrive to fish.
   When I initially spotted the sign, I knew there was a human interest story there harking back to the time when life was not so taxing--when two old characters could slowly wend their way down the dirt road to "their" fishing hole. I'm most happy when I can come up with such similar, yet "moving" scenes of the past. That's why I enjoy writing of my "finds."
   Let me bring in what Ward had to say about Funk. Whenever his wife, Dorothy, would begin reading the Bible to him, he'd happily go to sleep.
   In closing, Ward quoted me an old Irish blessing: "Do not resent growing old. Many are denied that privilege."