The Life and Legend of Sheridan R. Jones (1920s Era Fishing Guru) by: Joseph Hilko
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Few historical figures have led as exciting a life as Sheridan R. Jones. The son of an American pioneer who helped found the state of North Dakota, through hard work and education he became a college professor as a young man. But his first love was the outdoors, a passion that began when he won a new fishing reel in a popular outdoor magazine's writing contest. This set him on a course to become one of America's most prolific outdoor fishing writers and eventually the editor of the magazine Outer's Book. His fishing articles about techniques, strategies, lures, species, and preservation drew acclaim across America and even from soldiers overseas during World War I who received the magazine for free. However, Sheridan's daytime was as a professor at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and his stuents only knew and admired him as Prof. Jones.
His book Black Bass & Bass Craft was the best selling fishing book for 1924 and a landmark event in the history of bass fishing. because his expertise in fishing know-how was second to none, almost all of the early fishing lure companies sent Sheridan their newest lures for analysis and possible endorsement in his fishing articles. Illustrated in this book for the first time are these same lures which have been preserved in their original mint condition. They are important examples of the unique fishing culture in a turbulent period in American history that included World War I, the Roaring '20s, and the Great Depression. These events shaped Sheridan's life significantly, and brought major changes to America's pioneering outdoor writer and his search for the perfect fishing lure.
This life story of Sheridan R. Jones was written with all boys and girls in mind for their school biography reading requirement of 100 pages or more. It is a story of one man's lifetime of dedication to his work and endeavors as a role model for people of all ages to admire.
Students of the sciences, technology, and social studies will welcome the intriguing real life story of Sheridan R. Jones, educator, outdoorsmen, and outdoor writer. His story is framed by the tumultuous change of the early decades of American twentieth century history.
This Sheridan R. Jones biography supports many national social studies curriculum thematic strands that form standards for the study of: people, places, and environments; individual development and identity; interactions among individuals, groups and institutions; production, distribution, and consumption of goods; global connections; and ideals, principals, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic. In addition, the text has a multitude of primary documents in support of the national standards for social studies primary source documents.
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