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Looking Back: Reg Bacon
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 31 July 1997
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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The late Reg. Bacon was among Lindsay's most popular businessmen the town ever had.

He had worked for Britton Brother's Jewelers that was located on the south-east corner of Lindsay and Ridout Streets. When Britton decided to retire from business, Reg took over and was quite a successful Watch maker and Jeweler.

Bacon was physically challenged in the right leg and was somewhat small in stature. He had a rather high squeaky voice and was an extremely busy person helping others. He served as a member of Lindsay's Rotary Club and at one time filled the position of its' President.

There were a number of friends who used to meet at a local "watering hole" each day at noon and quaff ale or two. As a rule the fellows would bring along cheese and crackers and nibble away during their "bull" session.

One day one of the men, who were always boasting about his wife's home-made dill pickles, brought in a jar full for the fellows to enjoy along with their usual culinary delights.

As the jar was about to be opened, the fellows ran into a problem. Big and all as some of them were they were unable to loosen to ring on the pickle jar. Every method known to them was attempted but the ring wouldn't give way. They even wondered how a woman could seal a jar to that extreme.

Finally Reg. walked in, surveyed the situation, and said in his high pitched voice "here, give me that thing."

The fellows started to laugh and told him that if they couldn't open it how could he (weighing about 125 lbs. and standing about 5 feet two inches) hope to achieve the impossible.

Placing his fingers and thumb around the ring of the jar he gave a little twist and voila, the jar was open!

As the men looked on in stunned silence, Reg. explained to them that what they were doing, by wrapping their big hands around the metal ring, was tightening it even more. What he did was use a slight bit of pressure with his thumb and fingers "much as I do in opening the back or front of a watch" he said.

He smiled at the red-faced group then said "now let's try one of these great pickles we've been hearing so much about."

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Looking Back: Reg Bacon