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March 4, 2014

The furniture plant and its gator

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If they wanted to use a machine they would put the belt over the pulley on the drive train and then the machine and they had power. It was new, modern, and wonderful to the eyes of the workers. It was easier than the old way and made for a good paying job and security. And not only the owners, but the workers, were proud of their plant. People would come to town to just look at the gardens and ponds in front of the plant. The many people in town also felt certain pride about the place as well. In the beginning, it was a very profitable and well managed business.

As the business grew and the owners got more money, they plowed a lot back into the business and did well for some time. During the good days, one of the owners went to Florida for a vacation one time. While there, they became very enamored with alligators. In fact, they actually brought one back to Rushville. It was, of course and necessity, small but still an alligator. When he got the darn thing back to Rushville, he had a problem as to what to do with it. He kept it in his home for a time, but it grew as alligators tend to do. So he decided to put it in one of the ponds in front of his plant. He had a steam line run from the furnace room to a small wooden structure built over one part of one pond. That way the alligator could live out his life in comfort and not be subject to the cold and snow of an Indiana winter.

Needless to say having an alligator around did tend to get peoples’ attention. Over time that alligator grew and grew some more. Eventually families in the vicinity of the plant became rather disturbed about having a rather large alligator living quite close to them and their families. The alligator owner also decided that a 12, to I have even heard 14 foot long, alligator was more of a problem than he really wanted. Besides there were many of his workers who became extremely disturbed about sharing their parking space with an alligator. Then the problem is what to do with the alligator? I understand that he found there were few places to send alligators of the size he had, so he ended up scouring the area and finally got the Cincinnati Zoo to come up and take his pet to their facility, much to the relief of his neighbors and workers.

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