FYI August 25, 2019

On This Day

1823 – American fur trapper Hugh Glass is mauled by a grizzly bear while on an expedition in South Dakota.
Hugh Glass (c. 1783 – 1833)[1][2][3] was an American frontiersman, fur trapper, trader, hunter, and explorer. He is best known for his story of survival and retribution after being left for dead by companions when he was mauled by a grizzly bear.

Born in Pennsylvania to Scots-Irish parents, Glass became an explorer of the watershed of the Upper Missouri River, in present-day Montana, the Dakotas, and the Platte River area of Nebraska.[4] His life story has been adapted into two feature-length films: Man in the Wilderness (1971) and The Revenant (2015). They both portray the survival struggle of Glass, who (in the best historical accounts) crawled and stumbled 200 miles (320 km) to Fort Kiowa, South Dakota after being abandoned without supplies or weapons by fellow explorers and fur traders during General Ashley’s expedition of 1823.

Another version of the story was told in an episode of Death Valley Days entitled ‘Hugh Glass Meets a Bear’. Release date March 24, 1966.

Despite the story’s popularity, its accuracy has been disputed. It was first recorded in 1825 in The Port Folio, a Philadelphia literary journal, as a literary piece and later picked up by various newspapers. Although originally published anonymously, it was later revealed to be the work of James Hall, brother of The Port Folio’s editor. There is no writing from Hugh Glass himself to corroborate the veracity of it. Also, it is likely to have been embellished over the years as a legend.[5][6]



Born On This Day

1900 – Isobel Hogg Kerr Beattie, Scottish architect (d. 1970) [2]
Isobel Hogg Kerr Beattie (25 August 1900 – 13 July 1970) was possibly the first woman in Scotland to practice architecture on a regular basis.

Beattie was born in 1900 to Lewis and Alice Beattie who were farmers. After graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art (1921–1926), she worked for a time in an office before practising independently from 1928 to 1929. She then returned to the College of Art where she obtained a further diploma. She was admitted as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1931 while she was working in Edinburgh with the firm, Jamieson & Arnott. She later moved to Dumfries, probably working there independently. She died in Applegarth in 1970 after an illness.[1



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