|Giboney Cave today|
Today, the lake is only a pond, but at that time it was many times larger and well stocked with catfish. Ben Meyer was aware of one particular fish in the lake, a gigantic catfish that had been sighted but had never been successfully caught. Like Captain Ahab in the book Moby Dick, "Benny" Meyer was determined to catch this fish, an obsession that led to his great battle with the beast in the Autumn of 1907.
NEXT WEEK: We examine the original September 1, 1907 Springfield Leader account of Meyer's Battle with the Catfish!