Sweet Pete

Sweet Pete

Copyright © 2009 Linda Apple
"Sweet Pete"
11"x14"-oil on canvas
Appletree Hollow

Through the years of Appletree Hollow history, few residents became
as well liked as Peter M.Cakenhafer. Like many others in the village
his parents were immigrants from Germany & England. He was born in New York,
trapped in an immigration camp until his parents passed away.
He was rescued by a lovely young woman who moved to Ohio hills where
he eventually found Appletree Hollow and became a permanent resident.
Perhaps he was inspired by his love of good food or his need to help
others that he found success in 1908 by creating hard cake treats to sustain
sailors on long journeys. This idea eventually developed into a
specialty biscuit, shaped like a bone.
He loved holidays and would often dress up for Halloween, handing out
his biscuit treats to everyone, which earned him the nickname of
"Sweet Pete". Because of his just and fair treatment to others, in
his later years, he became a negotiator,settling any disputes that
arose in the village.

This was a commissioned piece by one of my clever subscribers who
loves the Appletree Hollow people and saw her loving 4-legged
friend as an old gentleman, with a monocle. One of his quirks is
that every night, at exactly 10:oo p.m. no matter what, he awakes
for his milk-bone treat!


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