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Story ID:9577
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Family History
Location:Hamilton New York USA
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By Fred Wickert

I was having a conversation the other day with someone. It was the night before St. Patricks day and she reminded me to wear something green the next day or someone might pinch me. I replied that all my life I had been the kind of man, even at my ripe age, that people just didn’t want to pinch, slap, punch or kick.

The lady replied that she remembered her father had been like that and it always gave her a feeling of being protected when he was around. I recalled that was also the case with my father. I told her she had just given me three stories to write for Ourecho. This is the first of the three. It happened circa 1930.

My Dad was teaching school in Hamilton, NY at the time. Hamilton is the home of Colgate University. It was in the month of June and state Regents exams were in full swing.

For some reason there were a number of students from other schools who were there to take exams that day also. Dad had been assigned to take over the study hall because other teachers were busy monitoring exams and Dad was free for the time being. There were a number of students in the study hall who were in between exams.

A young guy from another school and unknown to Dad, was making a disturbance of some kind. Dad walked to where he was sitting in the room and told him to keep still and keep quiet because he was disturbing others who were trying to study.

The young man was defiant and inquired, “Who’s going to make me.” As he said it he stood up menacingly from his seat. Dad replied, “I am,” and then proceeded to grab the guy by the back of his neck and seat of his pants, marched him out the door and down the hall to the exit door of the building and threw him out the door on to the lawn outside. He then turned and went back to the study hall.

The next day the school principal and a couple of the board members approached Dad and asked just what happened with that boy yesterday in study hall. Dad replied that he was making a disturbance and so he threw him out. One of the board members asked, “You threw him out? You mean bodily?” Dad replied that he had and asked why?

The board member was carrying a folded newspaper in his hand. He handed it to Dad saying, “That young man just happened to be a professional boxer and he knocked out his opponent last night in the first round.” Dad replied, “Well, he should have behaved himself.”

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