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Uncle Joe Prunty - Was he a prophet?, 1897

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Uncle Joe Prunty - Was he a prophet?, 1897

Posted: 5 Dec 2003 6:13PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Surnames: Prunty, Gordon
Was He a Prophet?

Nearly everybody in Madisonville who is over twenty years of age remembers old uncle Joe PRUNTY, who died several years since. He was rather a peculiar character, and many thought that he was somewhat demented. It was a common expression of his when he came down in town in the morning to begin to talk about the wires. He would look up into the air and speak of the atmosphere as being full of wires. Sometimes these were very low and sometimes they were high up according to the mood Uncle Joe happened to be in. When he became angered with anyone he would threaten to bring down the wires on them and burn them to death. He could always see plenty of these wires. Now this was at a time before such a thing as an electric wire was ever known or even thought of. W.L. GORDON perhaps noticed the strange talk of this old man more than anyone else in Madisonville. He has many reminiscences of Uncle Joe. Who knows but what the old man was looking into the future when the whole atmosphere should be full of wires of all kinds. They have come---the telegraph, the electric and the telephone wires are all here. They burn and they are sometimes destructive. It may be that uncle Joe was looking at least one hundred years into the future. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Tue, May 4, 1897)

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