Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Flint Quotes: Brawling From Tavern to Tavern

“The bearded lumberman with their coonskin caps, red sashes, and hobnailed boots brawled from tavern to tavern,” explains Carl Crow in a sometimes flamboyantly written history of Flint commissioned by General Motors in 1945. “Lumbering was rough business and lumberman were rough men. They worked hard, played hard, and usually drank quantities of hard liquor. There was a story throughout the logging camps that some of the lumberjacks would cheerfully eat pine chips or sawdust if generously moistened with whiskey.”

1 comment:

  1. Oh Yah, Beecher Gardens, Club Mayfair, and Columbiaville.....wait, wait, that was the forties after the war and another bar brawling era. My mistake. Sorry


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