GEORGHA DA WASH
Story & poem as related at the dinner table annually on Washington's birthday by my father Thoburn Rowe
Poem written by Richard Henry Little
In the early days of this country many immigrants came to our shores. These hard-working people had to struggle to earn a living, learn a new language, and know enough about their new homeland to gain citizenship. The citizen status was awarded by a federal magistrate who often tested the prospective Americans before swearing in the applicants.
This apocryphal story is told of one Luigi Dominico who appeared before the magistrate. He was very nervous about what might be asked of him for he had studied long and hard for this big day. The judge, after what seemed an awfully long time of staring at Luigi, finally asked the all-important question.
His voice seemed to boom out when he asked , "Who was George Washington ?" Luigi faltered and stammered for a moment and then smiled and stated the following:
Oh, Georgha da Wash, he gretta da man,