Captain Jesse was the "seeing-est" man I ever knew. He had an eye and mind for detail that few, if any, could match. He told me about extending his license up the Tennessee River. When he drew the chart he included a field occupied by mules, so he drew those mules. The examiner asked him why he drew them and he told him, that's what was in the pasture and that he would remember the place because he saw them there. The examiner laughed and accepted the drawing.

I spent a happy half-hour with him in a gentle rain one time at Marietta while he described a banana tree that grew outside his window out there in Hawaii. I was well-acquainted with every vein in every leaf when he finished.

The big thing about Captain Jesse, though, was his niceness. Helen Prater is just like him in that respect.