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Minnow Bucket

Wilmington, Illinois

An old man named “Minnow Bucket” was beaten to death by two young men after flaunting his money during a card game. Minnow Bucket is said to walk along the riverbank–of which he was once caretaker– and talks to fishermen about their catches and what lures to use. However, he often gives bad advice.

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mike m. says:

October 20, 2005, 2:33 pm

If you don’t have pictures, it’s just a fish story.

mike m. says:

October 20, 2005, 2:42 pm

I have fished the river in Wilmington. I have heard some stories about a guy named “minnow bucket”. Many years ago I fished at nite for walleye.
An old man used to walk around and give advise to all the fisherman.
He was a local named Henry. He was sometimes lost in his own conversation. Mumbling on and on about nothing in perticular. As I look back at the time, you could say he was a bit frieghtning. The funny thing was, whenever Henry was around nobody ever caught fish.Even on a good nite,one could catch walleye after walleye. When Henry showed up, the fishing all but died.(No pun). Timeline was 1978-1979. I heard from a local business owner that Henry had passed away. I am guessing 1990. Thats all I know.

hah says:

March 4, 2006, 1:08 am

screw minnow bucket he probably ate all the fish

ican_beyourz says:

May 9, 2006, 5:36 am

i was fishin for some TROUT but never caught any in lake michigan. must have been minow buckett

ryne miller says:

May 24, 2006, 11:44 am

I grew up in his house. And my family currently lives there.

Big Bill says:

June 7, 2006, 2:44 am


And? Why don’t you finish your story? So far it is as exciting as watching snails mate. Very dull.

Leah Ariana says:

August 21, 2006, 11:12 pm

This is extremely dumb. You people should be SHOt! Okay bye bye. Have a nice day.

Nabeel Malik says:

March 16, 2007, 6:01 pm

This is true, a boy named matt was buried alive. He was sick for five days and the doctor told the mother to stay calm and the boy died. He had died, people thought and was buried at the cemetery and the next day his mother had a dream that was, that matt was crying but he was 5 years old. So Matts mother hurried to the cemetery with her husband and dug up the coffin and when they opened the coffin matt was on his side.But when he was buried he was on his head, so the doctor started to whisker his lips and awhile he woke up.But Matt really really died in 1953 where he was 93 years old.

Nabeel Malik says:

March 16, 2007, 6:01 pm

this story is the best by nabeel

harry pits says:

March 20, 2007, 9:25 am

i saw him the other day i was loading up my boat to go catch some shrimp for dinnner when good ol’ minnow bucket stopped by for a chat. his actualy name is john canavan he was a fisherman who got decapitated in the late 1800’s. but boy he sure could crack a joke, he smelled of alcohol and gummy bears. boy i wish he would come over some time and have a cup of irish cofee boy that would be gay ol’ time

kathlena says:

March 30, 2007, 2:20 pm

i think your sotry is sutpid buthead

vanssa says:

March 31, 2007, 5:48 pm

it so scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i live there before!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!by vanssa dump(my aunt die there)

Duke says:

June 16, 2007, 3:29 am

I went fishing one day, and it was really foggy, my dog was with me and minnow buckethead came, he was playing guitar so well, i said,
“hey lil b**ch, lick his ****, come on, come on now.” but then i was abducted by aliens and the fu**ked me in my bu*thole.

Star says:

August 31, 2007, 7:53 pm

I don’t know anything about Minnow Bucket haunting any places, but I did know him personally and he was brutally murdered around 1984 by two carnival men who stayed behind when the annual carnival for Catfish days left. Minnow Bucket was a man who would give anything to anyone if only they asked. He held a strong belief in children getting an education, as the week before he was murdered he promised me that he would take me fishing and I told him that I would skip school to go with him and he told me no we would go on a saturday that I needed my education. I was about 12 when this happened.

KillBill says:

September 27, 2007, 4:37 am

Big Bill-

You’re a ***. Shut the **** up.

jim says:

October 15, 2007, 2:46 pm

harry pitts you re a dumbass.his name was james knowles,he died in 1984 but i lived in wilmington most of mylife and ive never heard this story.

JesseWoodruff says:

October 23, 2007, 9:56 am

Wow, do you guys ever come back and read these comments to yourself?

vanessa says:

October 31, 2007, 4:36 pm

this story is not that scary uz should get a better story that ill make me pi on my pans

Janice from Ritchie says:

December 27, 2007, 7:24 pm

Are any of you people actually literate? I’m from Ritchie and I thought our people were bad. This is something else.

Sara says:

March 25, 2008, 7:13 pm

i think it was stupid that people beat a man because he tricked them out of their money.crrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzyyyyyy

Kayy says:

April 17, 2008, 11:15 am

Well i heard that something like that happened but it didnt happen in Wilmington…. I heard i happend in Oglesby, IL in a parking lot of Dollar General.. but it like just happened like a month or two ago!!!

Ryne says:

April 20, 2008, 6:19 pm

My dad bought this house years after Minnowbucket was murdered. Years ago we put in new carpet. When we tore the old carpet up , there was blood stains all over the plywood on the ground. Also my dad never knew Minnow Bucket,but one day he came home and saw a man and a woman in his bedroom. He described the man and woman to our neighbor. Out neighbor said , the man he described was Minnow bucket. Growing up, during the summers,I always thought it was strange when it would be 90 degrees out and i would feel a very cold rush thru my body. Other times i heard very strange noises thru out the house.

Pauly says:

December 2, 2008, 5:01 pm

What do u expect from a town full of YELLOW HAMMERS!!!!

harry pits says:

April 24, 2009, 10:20 am

i had another minnow bucket sighting the other day. i was walking along the bank of the river with my five young lovers. he said “ey boi, get o’er he-a” i kept walking but my lovers went over there and got raped to death. beware minnow bucket.

Ivy says:

October 18, 2009, 6:06 pm

Idt this is true. i’ve lived in wilmington on the weekends since i was born. and i’ve walked the river bank at dark….. plus i’ve never heard this story. it totally isnt true unles u have evidence.

-stella.! (: says:

October 19, 2009, 2:28 pm

duke, thank you for making my day sir.! (:

ashley says:

January 5, 2010, 7:39 pm

there was actually a bait shop in wilmington right by the park and the river. it was called the “minnow bucket” it did close about two years ago and was reopened as a pizza resturant about 6 months after. the pizza sucked.

sue says:

June 10, 2010, 2:11 pm

ty u for posting his obit…it tells peeps how and what type of person he really was… i have lived Wilmington Illinios all my live ,and never ran into his ghost,and never except too,but thanks again…and too the idiots …all the yellow hammers left back in the late 60 and 70 …GROW UP…

MOJO says:

February 5, 2011, 1:00 pm

Does anyone know the REAL story? IS there a REAL story??

MOJO says:

February 5, 2011, 1:05 pm

Thank you Zachary for your info. Makes sense. I could see how a story got started.

Carrie Cremeens Hartley says:

October 2, 2011, 5:47 pm

I grew up in Wilmington until the age of 8. I knew “Minna Buckets” ( as well as I could pronounce it as a child) well. He was a friend of my father’s. We would go fossil hunting on the hills of the strip mines in Braidwood. I remember his kindness, laughter, caring. I can’t believe that these tales of him being a dark presence are true. This man saved my life. One day as we were climbing up one of the high strip mine hills to look for his beloved fossils, the soft and sandy earth gave way under my feet. I started to slide and fall. I would have rolled and fallen dozens of feet down to the bottom had he not grabbed me by the back of my shirt. My family was grateful beyond means. Minnow thought nothing of it. My brothers and I always had pocket fulls of candy, and a few fossils, usually of ferns or other plants, from Minnow. He may have been violently taken from this earth. But I know in my heart he would go straight to Heaven, and watch his river from on High. That obit above is flawed.

Winnow bucket says:

October 22, 2011, 6:59 pm

I will haunt all of ur dreams and u will die from my revenge of the men that killed me to death

jt leon says:

October 23, 2013, 6:19 pm

true story. back in 85′ i was in will co jail(burglary) with one of the murders. the tought just crossed my mind of my wayward days. only thing i can recall is the old man’s nickname, minnow bucket and the murderer got a 40 yr plus sentence. if i recall right, they were carnival workers

George bucket says:

October 20, 2014, 12:02 am

I am the grandson of Winnow Bucket. He was a good man until a couple of ******** killed him. I vow I will kill those boys and if I die in the process then I will haunt all of you that read this.

Brayden says:

January 21, 2017, 8:31 pm

That house that he died in is where my grand parents live right now

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