National Obituary Review

Dead Person Of The Day, October 10 – Jack Daniel

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Happy Monday fellow humans. If you’re like me and had to do your part in the rat race today, today’s DPD should seem particularly timely. Having to work on Columbus Day is distinctly un-American in my opinion. As a friend of mine put it “to not celebrate the death and destruction of the indigenous population of the Americas seems unthinkable”. I couldn’t agree more.

However, onward.

If its been a particularly tough Monday I suggest honoring the DPD by purchasing some of his fine products. And the lesson today? Its better to be lucky than good because life with catch up with you eventually…..

Jack Daniel (1846-1911)

The area was originally part of Lincoln County where Jasper Newton Daniel (later called “Jack”) was born on September 5, 1846, the youngest of 10 children.

Jack’s mother died when he was just a baby. Several years later his father remarried. Jack never got along with his stepmother and left home at the age of 6 to live with a nearby uncle.

As a young boy Jack Daniel was befriended by Dan Call a local minister and storekeeper. He took Jack under his wing and trained him to work in the store.

But Jack was not happy working there. He had a keen interest in the “still house” which was located on the property. Making whiskey at that time was an acceptable practice though it was never consumed on Sundays. Dan promised Jack he could come to the still house whenever he wanted and he would teach him the art of making the world’s best whiskey…made the Lincoln County way.

In 1861, the war came to Lincoln County. Jack was too young to serve, so he remained as an apprentice to Dan Call, learning the sour mash method and perfecting the unique method known as the “Lincoln County Process.”

In 1863, after hearing a fiery sermon on the evils of alcohol, Dan Call’s wife, along with their entire congregation, called on Dan to make “a serious decision regarding being a minister and operating a distillery.” Rev. Call decided to sell his business to his young apprentice, Jack Daniel. Continue Reading

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