Bench Series #49: How Jack Daniel kicked the bucket

Here’s another bench for Jude’s Bench Series. This wooden bench seat is in Jack Daniel’s original office at the distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee. The larger than life gentleman sitting on it is Bubba, who was our guide that day and what a character he was.


He was sitting there telling us that it was in this office that Jack Daniels’ fate was sealed when in 1906, he came into work very early to complete some paperwork. He always had trouble remembering the combination for the safe and in his frustration and anger, kicked the safe as hard as he could and broke the big toe of his left foot. The injury became infected and blood poisoning set in resulting in gangrene, so that his foot had to be amputated and later his leg also. The infection continued to spread throughout his body and he died from complications, five years later. I’ve since read that the safe kicking story is only a myth, but as Mark Twain once said, “Why let the facts get in the way of a good story?”Β 

Happy weekend everyone.







80 comments on “Bench Series #49: How Jack Daniel kicked the bucket

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  2. Bubba looks like he could tell quite a few great stories…and I’ve certainly never heard this one about Jack Daniels…! I agree with Mark Twain! Love this Sylvia, smiling now πŸ™‚ xx

  3. OmmioDio! ma che strana storia! mai farsi prendere dalla rabbia, ma c’ gente che purtroppo non lo capirΓ  mai, vivendo molto male la sua vita, questo addiruttura come dici tu, ci ha tirato le cuoia! 😦

  4. You just can see on his face anticipation to tell you a great talk tale and how he caught the largest fish or the funniest drinking story, Sylvia. The wood on that bench looks beautiful and I would like to have a whiskey and coke, my Dad would cringe as he poured it for me. Smiles, Robin
    Have a holly, jolly Christmas, dear Sylvia. . . The best time in England!! β™‘

  5. Worst whiskey, They can’t even sell the stuff at the distillery, you have to go down the road to the next county. Cool pic and story though. I prefer Makers Mark from Kentucky.. πŸ™‚

    Hava great weekend.. πŸ™‚

  6. Mark Twain’s quote is great! Why insist on factual accuracy when most thoughts and memories flow from our fertile imaginations with only a passing glance at the facts of the matter? :mrgreen:

      • Hey, you know me and health stories. What will go wrong, does πŸ˜€

        Had to reopen the scar, to fish out the gangrene is suppose. Or whatever they did. I’m still here though. Unlike your grandmother 😦 Sorry to hear about that. The NHS at least manages to (usually) salvage its errors …

  7. What a story! And are you sure ‘Bubba’ is sitting on a bench? Looks like it could be the desk to me πŸ˜‰ He has his feet on an office chair! (I now have Forrest Gump in my head…)

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