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Big Chuck

September 10, 2012

Family's history includes ancestor who knew Lincoln


“Yes, we have it right here,” she said with a laugh. “It’s just a thin, old hand-pressed frying pan. I have no ideas about the real story behind it, but we’ve always been told that this was the real pan that my great-great-great-grandfather cooked with on his canal boat with Abe Lincoln.”

I asked her if she could make out any marks on it. She paused for a moment while inspecting it.

“Yes, I can make out three initials engraved on the handle.”

Can you see what they are?

Well, one of them definitely is an “A”

Hmmm. “A” as in Aldrich. Like I said. Bingo!

Oh the stories we can tell.

I’ll catch you in two …

“Big Chuck” D’IMPERIO can be heard on weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. on WDOS-AM 730 in Oneonta, and also on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. on WSRK-FM 103.9 for his “Oldies Jukebox Show.” You can find “Big Chuck” on Facebook under Upstate New York Books. He invites you to contact him at His columns can be found at



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