Here's a unique take on Pilgrim's beginnings straight from the pen of our owner, Josh Spiegel:
Here's a little story I got to tell
About one bad junkman I know so well
It started way back in history
On a little farm in Catawba County.
Now Otis and Essie had 11 kids
George was number seven -- luck I guess.
He liked to mess around fixin' cars
Then he got a Model "A" and was goin' far
Then one day a lady came around
Shakin' her stuff from the other side of town.
George said, "Hey, what's your name?"
She said, "Hey, hot thang, my name is Maggie May."
The two got hitched in 1947
Some people say was a match made in heaven.
Sandy came along everything was merry
Then came Gilda, Sherri and Gary.
In 1985, Pilgrim got started
With a press. a hammer and a great big heart.
With lots of hard work and sweat of his brow,
Two trucks, a tow motor, look at it now.
Nineteen years later with a lot of good luck
He's tearin' down junk and jumpin' off trucks.
He's still going strong at 75
With an overloaded truck goin' down '85.
He's my grandpa...he's always right
He''s my grandpa...he's down to fight
He's my grandpa...and he's just my type
He's my grandpa.
George passed in 2006, not long after this tribute to him was written and performed. Margaret went to be with him in 2010. They were loved and will be missed.
Pilgrim continues in the family tradition in which it started.