[Ads-l] Moniker Madness in Old Cordova

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 14 19:26:39 EDT 2019


Folk etymologizing of original "Ergonomic Willie."

JL

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 6:46 PM Galen Buttitta <
satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at gmail.com> wrote:

> …”Economic Willie”?
>
> – Galen Buttitta, Protagonist
>
> > On Aug 14, 2019, at 18:07, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > 1921 Cordova [Alaska] Daily Times (Apr. 16) 6:
> >
> > In the following list of names, applied to well known characters of the
> > early days in the Yukon and in Alaska, old-timers in Cordova will
> probably
> > find many familiar soubriquets:
> >
> > Tommy the Goat, Jimmy the Wheel, Tommy the Skunk, Swiftwater Bill, Policy
> > Bob, Sawdust King, Possible Straight Kid, Deal Mike, Slivers, Spider,
> > Brownie, Dutch Pete, The Big Moose, Little Reader, Weary Willie, Gypsy
> Joe,
> > Jimmie Craps, Jack the Ripper, White Sock Willie, Billy the Horse, Nigger
> > Jim, Bronco Bill, Bunch Grass Bill, Idaho Bill, Kamoka Bill, Windy Bill,
> > Dead Cinch Bill, Coon Skin Bill, Fatty Bill, Caribou Bill, Cherokee Bob,
> > Paganini Pete, Bristol Dick, Missouri Dick, Handsome Harry, Long Poke
> Dan,
> > Lucky Swede, Swede Sam, Swede Pete, Hoochino Albert, Arkansas Jim, Shorty
> > Butts, Ring Tail Squealer, Kangaroo Jew, Popcorn Jimmie, Cyclone Hanson,
> > Dead Eye Dick, Windy Bob, Pie Faced Patsy, Big Mitt Jack, Soapy Foley,
> > Soapy Smith, Jimmie the Mixer, Trilby Collins, Old Grizzly, Alabama,
> Twelve
> > to Two, Fifteen to Two, Johnnie Behind the Deuce, Slaughterhouse Mike,
> > Windy Rosie, Chill Dick, One -Suspender Johnnie, Society Jim, Jimmie
> Spare
> > Ribs, George the Arab, Tom the Turk, Pete the Pig, Fagan the Pig,
> Hard-Luck
> > Conley, Arizona Charlie, Policy Fred, Yukon Wonder, Dago Joe, Society
> Red,
> > California Red, One-Eyed Riley, Three-Fingered Bob, Windy Jim,
> Conversation
> > Clark, Rotten Egg Mike, Hunyadi Water Dave, Austrian Joe, Slim Jim,
> Cactus
> > Jim, The Big Native Son, Tommy the Rat, Puddin' Head, Oregon Jew, The Big
> > Chief, Curly Judd, Walla Walla Smith, Flying Dutchman, One-Armed Jake,
> Oom
> > Paul, Honest Mose, Peg-Legged Jack, Bill the Hop Fiend, Boozington
> Charlie,
> > Old Bilsy Blingtum, Billy Goat Judge, Hokey Pokey Smith, Senator Walton,
> > Bill the Packer, Blue Chips Harry, Brevity Burke, Up Against It Bill, Kid
> > Riley, Bald Face Kid, Malamute Kid, Hobo Kid, Saucy Kid, Single O Kid,
> Pick
> > 'Em Up Kid, Savvy Kid, Dago Kid, Pie Face Kid, Moonface Kid, Montana Kid,
> > Ptarmigan Kid, Pale Face Kid, Crooked Kid, Yellow Kid, Blizzard Kid,
> > Flowery Kid, Parrot Kid, Butt In Kid, Gi' Me Kid, Curly Kid, Bonanza Kid,
> > Devil Kid, In and Out Kid, Evaporated Kid, Silent Kid, Clear Kid, Cross
> > Port Kid, Sheeny Kid, Hungry Kid, Blow Back Kid, Liverpool Kid, French
> Kid,
> > El Paso Kid, Information Kid, Nannygoat Kid, Norwegian Kid, Hot Cake Kid,
> > Skagit Kid, Swiveled Eye Kid, Tripe Faced Kid, Jew Jake, Copper River
> Kid,
> > The Senator, Kangaroo Jack, Missouri Bill, Old Sleuth Dick, Shanghai
> Huber,
> > Roulette Joe, Economic Willie, Leo the Nonpareil.
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Let the punning comments begin.
> >
> > JL
> > --
> > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
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