Papa's Crown Of Horns To Glory

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© Andrea Petersen
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She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee...Proverbs 4:9


A crown of glory

And some cheers

For the heroic story

Of Dad's Great Lakes years.

Poetry by me AJP

My father had many memories of the Great Lakes and he also had stories of earlier years before he became a Wheelsman.

A Great Lakes story Dad liked to tell is of the time he saved a grain scooper's life from drowning. It was in the summer of 1942, and Dad was on Watch Duty . It was a pitch black night that evening without a star in the sky, when at 10:00 he heard a huge splash below. He noted that the grain scooper whose nickname was 'Pig Iron Smith,' had accidentally fallen off the dock into about 30 feet of water. Pig Iron had earlier been out on the town and was quite intoxicated! Dad jumped in at the risk of his own life. There were floating planks in the water, which could have easily killed him, if he had hit them with his head during the dive. But the good Lord guided him safely and Dad was also able to save Pig Iron's life too by grabbing his leg and steering him over to the dock. The water was pumped out of Smith which covered a 12 foot area. Dad recalled that Pig Iron, in spite of his inebriated condition, politely remembered to say, "thank you."

*Footnote to this story:

A reporter wanted to take Dad's picture back then but being the modest man he was, he didn't want the notoriety and he refused to have his picture taken for the paper...My father passed away Dec 21, 2003 at 95 years old from complications of a stroke. I shot this picture in 1997 and he was very willing to have his picture taken at that time. He always regretted in later years that he did not agree to have his picture taken for his heroic act...You can see my husband's hand holding the deer horns behind Dad's head. Previously I had used another picture of my father for this theme but I like this image so much better as it showed the fun side of his personality. For awhile I could not find this picture but just found it a few days ago.

50 responses


    JOE FAILK gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    This is still a funny capture....and there is humor on his face, and you captured it so well. What a nice rememberance to have!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    He was most certainly a hero, Andrea....a very humble and modest hero. The best kind in my opinion. I love this portrait of him because he looks so happy and carefree. You were very blessed with such a wonderful father!!! Voted!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Back to vote!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Wonderful shot and remembrance!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    haha how funny.. nice pic

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    LOL at the photo! I'm so glad you found it....memories are precious!! Voted.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    What a wonderful story and a terrific photo you have taken for it, Bravo Andrea! I voted.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    What a wonderful tribute to your father, who was a modest and fun loving person. voted.

  • Kevin Ellis

    Kevin Ellis gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Nice Tribute Andrea he sounds like he was quiet a man

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Yes..I voted,....Hero`s don`t get any better then this.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    You Dad was a hero to "Pig Iron Smith" by saving his life. The photo shows the humor in your Dad's eyes. This is great for the theme. Voted!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    I am so glad you found this picture Andrea! Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man. This is a terrific entry and has my vote.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    Voted for this fantastic portrait of your dad. Real heroes don't like to make a big fuss about their actions. They just do what needs doing. I seem to see some resemlance here too, your smile is just as genuine!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2010):

    This is just a wonderful photo, story, and tribute to your dad. This is a great entry for the theme, and you have my Vote...

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    My vote,,I love this,,wonderful tribute

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    A wonderful fun shot, and a lovely memory of your

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2010):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    Very creative! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    he was a handsome man, Andrea! A true hero in every sense. My vote.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2010):


  • Jack Sills

    Jack Sills (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    Love It, Voted!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (3 Mar 2010):

    Thank you all so much for the kind words...Daddy would be pleased if he were still alive today...I am glad to give him the recognition he deserved.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (4 Mar 2010):

    ha ha great fun shot

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (4 Mar 2010):

    Great shot, Andrea. I bet your Daddy is smiling in heaven right now regarding your sweet tribute. He is a true hero! You have my vote!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (6 Mar 2010):


  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (6 Mar 2010):

    Really cool! Voted!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    What a fabulous story..... a true hero indeed...... I love this shot, so glad you shared!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Mar 2010):

    What a delightful capture and a wonderful story. For sure my vote.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Very creative. Love it. Got my vote.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Great story!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    a great story & theme shot! yes!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    Nice Shot! GMV! Must be hard to sleep with horns on your head!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (25 Mar 2010):

    What a beautiful happy image of your late Father Andrea! A lovely tribute, voted!

  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2010):

    He looks like such a darling man, Andrea. You most certainly have my vote!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    my vote for this great entry. Love it

  • ~Tizy ~

    ~Tizy ~ gave props (11 May 2010):


  • cindy karl

    cindy karl said (14 May 2010):


  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (19 May 2010):

    Awesome image of a lovely man.

  • Liz Bennefeld

    Liz Bennefeld (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2010):

    I like that! Nice story.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (28 May 2010):

    Wonderful story and such a fun capture!! My vote!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (1 Jun 2010):

    Great story and great photograph, VERY touching story...VOTED..

  • Marie Sager

    Marie Sager   gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    Very nice tribute. A YES vote. :)

  • kombizz kashani

    kombizz kashani said (2 Jun 2010):


  • dp *

    dp * gave props (7 Jun 2010):

    :-), RAD

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (9 Jun 2010):

    What a rich history.

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (9 Jun 2010):

    totally RAD..LOL!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    Good portrait!!!!

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (15 Oct 2017):

    Extraordinary photo.

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