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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Another good story

Sometimes, a boy and his rifle are easily parted, if it's for a good cause.

At age 8, Terry Jackson gave up his prized .22-caliber Winchester short-barrel rifle to get his grandmother a washer.


This was about fifty years ago, from the sound of it.

As a boy, Jackson felt bad that his grandmother was too poor to have a washer. So he took the rifle he had earned money for by mowing lawns and doing other chores to a pawn shop.

"That was the only thing I had that was worth anything," Jackson told The Lewiston Tribune.

The pawn shop owner agreed to trade a wringer washer for the rifle. When the washer was delivered to his grandmother, Edna Jackson, she refused it until realizing the sacrifice her grandson had made.

"She just couldn't believe it," Jackson said.


So far, so good. Boy gives up rifle for his beloved grandmother. Nice all around story, right?

The rifle, meanwhile, remained with the pawn shop owner, Bill Jackson. He never sold the rifle, instead giving it to family friend James Grow in the 1980s, recounting the story that accompanied the rifle.

"He told me the story but I never thought anything about it," Grow said. "I didn't even know who Terry Jackson was at the time, although Bill did tell me his name."

Grow said Bill Jackson told him the gun might be worth something someday. He never shot the rifle and kept it in his closet.

Grow become an attorney in Lewiston, and Terry Jackson recently hired Grow to do some legal work. The connection might not have been made about the rifle except for a conversation Becky Brotnov, Terry Jackson's companion, had with Grow during a business lunch.

She told the story of Terry Jackson giving up the rifle to get the washer.

"All of a sudden it dawned on me, I own the gun," Grow said.

After hearing the story, Grow said he knew he wouldn't keep the gun. So he recently drove to Terry Jackson's home to return the rifle.


And THAT, my friends, is a happy ending.

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