Back in the Day

abelard bassett built a public house
just after the civil war and called it
yella dog pub.          the drunk sign painter he
paid drinks to build him a sign came back with
a shingle that read:     yella dove public . . .
bassett sent him back to repaint the sign,
which came back the second time reading
yella dove public tavern  . . .  abelard
was down kentucky way on a whiskey
run,     and so the shingle went up and his
simpleton son quincy-grant let it hang —
mesmerized by its design and color.
we learned this from a librarian once
came in to research our local history.

David M Pitchford
18 May 2012


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