Above, Granddad (right rear) poses with some
of his hunting-dog pals. The fellow at far left is Charlie Elder.
Does anyone recognize the others? (Who's that mysterious woman, and
why is she smirking?)
Granddad, or "Tacky,"
as some of his friends called him (short for Hardtack)* is holding
something in his left hand, which I at first thought was a cigarette.
I remember him smoking a pipe, though -- never cigarettes.
As you can see from the
detail at right, however, the white stick is too large to be a
cigarette; it is in front of his index finger instead of behind it; and it seems to be jutting from the center of a
round, dark object of the same diameter as a dry cell or a
Was this a piece of paraphernalia used in field trials? "I think
it's just his hands folded, although it could be a pipe," Don says.
I'm not convinced.
How did he get this nickname? Because he
looked thin and leathery and tough? Because hardtack was a
favorite food? (I never saw him eat hardtack, nor heard him
speak of it, either. The only military food he ever told me
about was the flapjacks he made for his starving Army buddies by
grinding flour from a