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Old 04-07-2009, 07:33 PM
Jim Blum Jim Blum is offline
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Location: St. Louis, MO
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While myself never in the Rush Inn, I was well aware of the place being Tex's 'home away from home'. Every time I passed the place over the years I thought of him and could visually see him sitting in the firebox of the Belle in the ancient and ornate Barber Chair. At that time, during the winter months, the Barber Chair lived in the deck house of the former CG station/wharfboat and (the seat) was kept warm between rounds by the Watchman. Tex was certainly a good fireman, loved the Belle and definitely one of the dwindling number of River Characters whom I have had the pleasure of knowing. I hope his final crossing was peaceful.
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