By Amber Armstrong-Hillberry
Wrangell Sentinel 

The Way We Were

From the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago


October 11, 2023

Oct. 11, 1923

Wrangell’s John Hanson has received letters of patent on two inventions that will greatly facilitate the business of trolling. One of Mr. Hanson’s inventions is a gaff hook, and the other a trolling swivel. The swivel relates to an apparatus used by fishermen on a line for catching fish of any kind. The invention includes the provision of a spring within the body of the swivel, thereby permitting a certain degree of resilience when a fish strikes so that the line may give and so that danger of losing the fish will be greatly reduced. The gaff hook has for its chief object...

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