Rockland recollections

By Terry Economy | Nov 25, 2011

During the summer of 1950, 9 Prescott St. had a new member to our family. A horse. Before that we have had dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and pigeons. My stepbrother, Christy Demetri, had won a horse in a card game at the Owl's Club in Rockland. It was a strawberry roan named Jack. Christy Demetri had a stall built in our barn for Jack.

One day a pickup truck arrived in our driveway with two men and lumber. Next came a larger truck with a horse. My mother was fit to be tied. A horse in my barn? She called Christy at the family store, Economy's Fruit, and wanted to know what was going on with this horse in a truck in our driveway. After explaining the events of owning the horse, Christy convinced my mother that Jack's new home was only for a short time until he could find a buyer for him.

I tell ya, Jack didn't stay around too long. First the smell, then one day he kicked out the stall's back door, got loose and headed up Prescott Street where he was caught by old man Prescott, a horseman himself.

A couple days later, Christy arrived home with a saddle and bridle, and wanted to know if I would like to ride Jack a little ways provided he held the bridle and would walk along the side of him. It was my first and last horseback ride. After having a difficult time climbing in the saddle, Christy was patting him on the nose and whispering "gentle boy," "gentle boy." Once I was placed on the saddle, you guessed it, Jack bucked with a whinny sound and he threw me in the air. Virginia who was watching, put her hands over her eyes, and I landed in the tomato section of my mother's garden. That was it. My mother came out of the house screaming, "Get that horse out of here!" And that was the end of Jack.

No, I wasn't hurt. Just my pride and tomato stains on the seat of my pants.

Terry Economy was born in Rockland. He graduated from Rockland High School and has had a long career in broadcasting; he is a member of the Maine Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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