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Saturday, November 18, 2017

LEGENDARY COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 11-18-17

THE EARLY YEARS

When my grandfather ran away from home in 1905, he ended up in Pee Dee, SC. He found work in one of the many lumber camps that were sprinkled throughout South Carolina. I’m sure that every job he had at first was manual in nature and hard. But, if he was anything like he was all the years I knew him, hard work was just something to do, not fret about.

His prime mode of transportation in those years was the railroad. He was quick to point out that he was a hobo – and not a bum. He said that a hobo would work for his keep and a bum just rode the rails and bummed around.

Two things were begun during his five years on the road that would never change during his entire life. The first was the growing of a mustache. He told me he grew it to look older and to my knowledge it was only removed once in his life. A nurse at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury removed it when she shaved him. He was at the end of his life and was in no condition to have a say in the matter. And, I guess at that point, it really didn’t matter.



The second was the beginning of his lifelong association with Prince Albert tobacco. He didn’t have much money in those days and, when a salesman gave him a free sample, he showed his gratitude by using a can of it every day for the rest of his life. I never saw my grandfather that he didn’t have a can of Prince Albert stuck in his hip pocket. In his latter years when he could afford them, he showed the same loyalty to Dunhill pipes. When he was finished smoking a bowl full, he would empty the bowl of burnt ashes by beating the pipe against the nearest hard object, usually the brick wall of whatever he was building. It didn’t matter whether the pipe was new or old, it received the same whack. One time, he broke a quarter-sized piece off the bowl and, since the pipe was fairly new and they were expensive, he decided to have it repaired. Not just any repair but an Albert Disharoon production. He put a little glue on the broken piece and reattached it to the bowl. He then took it to a jeweler and had him fashion a sterling silver band about ¾ inches wide, complete with his initials, to encircle the bowl, thus holding everything in place. He was so proud of that pipe until he lit it for the first time and it became red hot. It looked good, but he could never smoke it again.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. George! You have Prince Albert in a can?!?!

LET HIM OUT!

Anonymous said...

I was going to say that!

Reconciled1 said...

That was my first thought as soon as I saw the pic..... No fair you beat me to it

Adam said...

good story thanks for sharing ;)

Tim Chaney said...

Geroge have you got Bud in the bottle? If you do, let him out! Somebody else stole my first choice LoL

Anonymous said...

my father smoked ole Albert for a while. I was in a antique store a while back and found a old can and bought it just because it reminded me of my dad.

Anonymous said...

That's funny. My gramps road the rails and said the same thing. I was no Bum I was a Hobo. His tobacco habit was chew and he snuck it until his dying day. It was his cure all. Once a bee stung me in the eye and he took his big slobbery chaw slapped it on me and told me to hold it and quit crying. Hard working man he dug ditches, cleared timber and built homes. Somewhere too he learned to play piano and never owned one but I remember him sitting down at them on occasion with his gigantic knarled hands and flabbergasting us all. It was another world. It was a different caliber of men and women both. They toiled sacrificed and protected their own and their neighbors and did righteous things that went unseen and unrewarded and would be insulted if anyone did.

Anonymous said...

Sure do miss George & his memorable stories!

Anonymous said...

George's stories were always interesting, informative and fact checking was never thought of. May he RIP