Way Back Wednesday: First Box Turkey Call

Published 01/22 2014 07:16AM

Updated 01/22 2014 07:19AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR --For today's Way Back Wednesday  we're celebrating the life of a pretty average guy who invented something over one hundred years ago that is still used by outdoors men today.  His name is Henry C. Gibson.  Do you know what he invented?
Henry C. Gibson was just an average guy.  Born in 1848 in Yell County Gibson worked in a drug store, was a farmer, husband and father- and he loved to turkey hunt.  Gibson is credited with developing a box-style turkey call that eventually was called the Gibson Turkey Box. This unique call had the distinction of being the first box-style turkey call patented in the United States. The box and attached lids made realistic calls, and the device was easy to carry.
 Gibson was granted patent number 574,534 on January 5, 1897, for a box-style turkey call. The turkey call was produced for decades, with advertisements appearing as late as 1921. This basic design is still used by modern turkey hunters and turkey-call makers to this very day.
Gibson died on May 4, 1930, and is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock (Pulaski County).
 And it just goes to show anyone can make a difference by following their passion!

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