Tony Beaver

Tony Beaver In American folklore, comic hero of the West Virginia lumberjacks whose antics often take place in the Cumberland Mountains. In one tale he built a wagon cart that covered ten acres of land to carry watermelons. When the wagon broke, causing melons to fall into the Eel River, his friends each straddled a seed and rowed away. Tony is credited with inventing peanut brittle: once when a river was overflowing, Tony took some molasses and peanuts, and threw them into the river to stop it up. Tony Beaver’s tales are told in Margaret Prescott Montague’s Up Eel River.

From the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
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