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Catfish Man of The Woods
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    (1917-March 13, 2002)
    Birth name is Clarence Frederick Gray
    'Fifth Generation Herb Dr.,' 'Early Mountain Settler,' 'Woods dweller' and 'Portrayed on Appalshop films'
    He was known as 'Catfish Man Of The Woods.'
    He's been described as 'full of malarkey' (Whatever that is).
    He lived alone in the woods and collected herbs for his medicines.
    He's known for his extremely animated story telling, tall tales and old wives tales.
    He used a lot of odd sayings.
    People around the world turned to him because modern healthcare terrifies them.
    There's an outhouse on his property with no modern plumbing, but modern toilet seats over the holes.
    He spent many years helping a lot of people.
    His knowledge is based on Appalachian culture and traditions.
    People from around the world travelled to his home and wrote him for herbal remedies for their ailments.
    Many people claim he has healed them with his herbs.
    He liked to skinny dip in the stream by his house.
    He was a fascinating character study for colleges of medicine, wanting to explore alterative healing methods and cultural healthcare assumptions.

Credit: Skunk Butt

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