A fun thing to do with Granddaddy Cole growing up was going to the hardware store in Denton--Denton Hardware.
The owner was Mr. Albert "Hill" Penry Sr.
Now, during this time (1959-1966), there was a well-watched TV Western called "Rawhide. You may remember cowboy, Rowdy Yates--played by a young Clint Eastwood. The trail boss on the Rawhide cattle drive was named Gil Favor (played by Eric Fleming).
So, what does the Denton Hardware have to do with Rawhide?
Well, one of the special things about Mr. Hill Penry that I remember most was that he looked so much like Gil Favor. That made going to Denton Hardware with Granddaddy special indeed. It was a bit like seeing a celebrity in the flesh.
The real Mr. Penry died on December 10, 1977.
While researching Mr. Penry for this entry, I came across something both interesting and more romantic than just his likeness to Gil Favor.
Click on the link and you can judge for yourself whether you think Gil Favor and Hill Penry look alike. But my vote is Yes.
In any case, this article was such a special ending to Finding Gil Favor!
Now I know in part;