Story with the ring of frugal Yankee truth. Sherman Adams, who started Loon Mountain Resort, served as Governor of New Hampshire and was White House Chief of Staff for President Eisenhower. He was known for both his taciturnity and his frugality. In one story, when asked if he had any children, he said, “Three girls, boy at Dartmouth.”
“Oh,” said the questioner. “Tell me about them.”
Scott in Lincoln told me these Fred Lee stories:
Fred Lee, carpenter, worked for many years at Loon under Sherman Adams’ management. One day the boss called Fred to his office and announced he was giving him a nickel an hour raise. But Fred was to tell no one else at the resort about it.
“Don’t worry,” Fred said, “I’m just as ashamed of it as you are.”
Another bit of Fred Lee folklore: He was working on the Kank Highway when a vehicle pulled over and the driver asked, with some urgency, “Where’s Lincoln?”
Fred said, “Died 200 years ago.”