Flat Creek Ranch


Farney Cole, Cissy’s longtime caretaker, is attacked by a large bear while he is walking near a beaver pond on the ranch. Farney is mauled but manages to pick up a log from the beaver dam and club the bear senseless. Bleeding, Farney staggers several miles down the hill to a neighbor’s cabin and survives. Farney’s exploits are celebrated in a full-page spread in a national newspaper supplement. The bear is never found, but a half-century later Farney’s famous club would adorn the wall of Dornan’s tavern in Moose, Wyoming.