11"x14"-oil on canvas
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 the 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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