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River mussels made Carthage man into ‘Pearl King’


Herman Myer, a Carthage native, occupied this workplace in New York Metropolis round 1900, dealing in freshwater mussels.

There was a time when the Cumberland River was a preferred place to fish for freshwater mussels, and to open them as much as sometimes discover a fantastic pearl!

Sure, the identical ocean-dwelling shelled mollusk that makes the dear and extremely sought pearl has a cousin that lives within the freshwater streams of America. And it additionally produces a pearl!

If we return a number of hundred years, the Native Individuals who lived right here fished and gathered freshwater mussels for

supper. We all know this from the big piles of their shells discovered at Indian village websites.

Additionally they treasured the pure pearls discovered within the mussels and used them for jewellery and ornament.

The white man didn’t see the attraction of the freshwater mussel as a meals supply as a lot because the Cherokee, Shawnee and Creek Indians that lived right here. However he did understand {that a} completely formed spherical pearl was worthwhile, irrespective of the place it got here from.

Supply: https://www.lebanondemocrat.com/hartsville/looking-back-river-mussels-made-carthage-man-into-pearl-king/article_79af341b-8e27-5deb-a332-2160511bc36e.html

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