The Real Sam Riddleburger

I got an email from J. L. Bell of Oz and Ends asking if this was the source of the name “Sam Riddleburger.”
He found it on Google Books in an 1877 medical journal:

SAM RIDDLEBERGER a native of Kentucky died at Nashville Saturday He had weighed as high as 543 pounds and at the time of his death weighed 473 His coffin was the largest ever constructed in Nashville

Nope.

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One Response

  1. Interesting. FWIW, 473 is nothing for casket makers these days. They are making caskets for 1,000+. A real challenge, also for the cemeteries, crematories, hearse makers, etc.

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