Fred Sutton with Babe Ruth and others at Camp Bryan

Fred Sutton with Babe Ruth and others at Camp Bryan
Kinston attorney and politician Fred I. Sutton with famous baseball player Babe Ruth and others at Camp Bryan hunting and fishing camp in Craven County, North Carolina. Date approximated.
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14cm x 8cm
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East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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John Tucker Jan 11 2023

I agree with Mr. Sutton that Babe is behind Carl Goerch, leaning towards him with his hands on Goerch's shoulders. Goerch was owner/editor of The State magazine (later, Our State) and it ran an article on Ruth's hunting party at Camp Bryan in Craven County. See A similar picture posted by ECU is at but it misidentifies Goerch. He was there, but not in the ECU picture. He was in The State picture. Goerch wore glasses.

Suzzette Katzman Jan 08 2018

I have a copy of The State magazine Feb. 29, 1936. These men are in it with their name's. It's a different photo but same guys.Interesting article too.

Suzzette Katzman Jan 08 2018

The first unknown guy on the left is Frank Stevens of New York, concessions magnate.

Suzzette Katzman Jan 08 2018

The guy at the right end is Bill Blades of New Bern.

Deborah Sola Jul 11 2016

As to the comment above by Ricky Clark, the gentleman on the left does not look like my Uncle Ellis (Simon). Nice to see this old photo, though. I was at Camp Bryan many times with Uncle Ellis from the 50s until he died in 1983 and knew many of the members of that era. I miss those times and him.

Wayne Terry May 31 2016

Aaron Barringer, is the mount of the "remaining part of the bass that the gator bite off" still in the Clubhouse? My buddies, fishing with Obie Davis, pulled it out of the canal one Sunday afternoon. Best guess was it weighed about 14 pounds because the remainder weighed a little over 9. They had it mounted and donated it to the Club...Man, the only two of us remaining that fished with Obie really missed those experiences.

Ricky Clark Mar 10 2016

The gentleman on the far left is Ellis Simon from Kinston also. The signed pic that was stolen showed the Babe propped on the running board with a days catch of deer, geese, and ducks.

Dale Sauter Jul 29 2015

Hi Mr. Barringer, I am a staff member here at Special Collections and can assure you this is not the same photo. It is not even signed. Our photograph came from the estate of Fred I. Sutton, Sr., and he is in the photograph as well. If you have further questions, please let me know. Dale

Aaron Barringer Jul 28 2015

The signed picture was stolen from the club house at Camp Bryan.  Are you saying you are now in posession of it?

Wayne Terry Sep 28 2009

Looks like a picture in the clubhouse at Camp Bryan near Havelock. The most awesome bass fishing in the entire US! Just get out of your boat and wade with the gators!!

frederick sutton, iii May 26 2009

l to r. unknown, fred i. sutton, sr, john walker fry, carl goerch and unknown. babe is behind carl goerch.

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