Bud Larkin, A Whiskey Barrel, & A Mad Wife!


And Goodson Insurance Knows All About It!

Photo from southernvintagegeorgia.com -

Photo from southernvintagegeorgia.com -

Before Goodson Insurance and I bring you the story of Bud Larkin’s trip to the city, I have to apologize to Mrs. Larkin who never dreamed that one day something we call the Internet would exist or that it would have the power to fling her embarrassing story across the world!

The way I understand it, it was back in the 1870s when Bud Larking decided to join with a group of men to make the trip to Houston for the purpose of bringing back supplies for the town of Comanche, Texas. Larkin, known for his fine oxen, hitched six yokes (twelve oxen) to his wagon, and started out on the long, long trip.

Of course, it was weeks before the men returned. The only problem was that Bud was not with them. Several more weeks passed and still no Bud. No one knew where he was, and no one received a message from him, not even his wife and children.

Finally, one day Larkin was spotted as he drove toward the town of Comanche, making a very different picture than he had on the day of his departure. Instead of twelve fine oxen, he was driving two that appeared half-dead. His wagon…well let’s just say that most of the wagon had gone the way of the oxen…wherever and watever that had been.

Bud himself seemed sublimely happy as he rode perched on top of a partially empty whiskey barrel.

I suppose Bud’s happiness lasted until he faced his wife, who fell upon the whiskey barrel with an axe, and I have to say that he was darned lucky that the poor woman didn’t turn the axe right over his sorry head!

Can you just imagine just how hard her life was, how much work she had to do in the months that her husband was off having a good time?

….and you can thank Jim Abbey and the folks at Goodson Insurance for letting you in on the secret!

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About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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