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Old 09-04-2008, 08:28 PM
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Default The Middle C Stood for Cheyenne

Robert, I think you are right. There was a "Chuck" who actually was the sort of decent boatman I described, but, apparently, he wasn't the Chug you folks remember. Chuck was on the boat a few year prior.

Cheyenne, AKA Cheyenne C. ("Where the middle C stands for Cheyenne) Cheyenne was a standard on the DQ in the early '70's. CCC died a few years ago, but he kept in touch with me until practically his dying day.

Cheyenne was an outstanding bumperman in the days when a crewman had to get out on that crinkled guard on the outside of the Main Deck and get the possum in-between the steel boat and the cement lockwall. And Cheyenne did it wearing high-heeled, pointy-toed cowboy boots, to boot. It took a lot of courage to be a good bumperman, and CCC was one of the best I remember.

Cheyenne was a hoot on Crew Talent Night wearing his western git-up with Vic Tooker's geetar hanging around his neck while attempting to croon old-time cowboy tunes, but didn't know a note to accompany himself on the guitar.

He actually got a job on a working ranch, out in Montana, or somewhere, where one of his duties was to "ride fence". He'd never been on a horse, before, except when the carnival came to Carroll County and he got to ride the pony that went round and round the circle.

Chey was in the saddle for a week and slept beneath the stars at night. When he got back to the bunkhouse, he was so saddle sore, he had to eat his meals standing up with his plate atop the mantlepiece. When the season ended, and the winter winds started howling, he was paid-off and driven to the front gate, miles and miles from the nearest town, and put off by the side of the road. It was a miracle he survived.

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