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What a great biographical description of one of an earlier generation’s true Renaissance men.
Mr. Carnes, in the later part of his life, was my grandfather’s business associate. In the mid-1950s, Frank Birch, a pioneer Wisconsin ad-man (the Oscar Meyer “Wienermobile”) and entrepreneur, bought the rights to and then perfected Mr. Carnes’s fish caller—renaming it the “Krafty Fish Caller” in honor of his second wife, Roa Kraft. After forming the company BirchKraft Industries—with “proving grounds” at their retirement home in the Florida Keys—he sold thousands of them until he passed away in 1973. You can still buy the Carnes-Birch fish callers when they occasionally appear on eBay.


Mac Birch
Downers Grove, IL