McBride - Bumpus Genealogy
1825 Sesquicentennial 1975
How SLIPPERY ROCK Got Its Name
by Jack M. MacDonald
Gosh all hemlock ! What do I see ?
A redskin pointin' his gun at me ?
That's right, Pale Face … Since I'm discovered
Don't move a step. I've got you covered.
I'm travelin, ' Varmint. I'm on my way …
My hair won't hang from your belt this day.
You may be fast but I'll have that scalp
If I have to climb the highest Alp.
No Alps for me. I'll chance the creek.
Hurrah ! You missed. What a narrow squeak.
There's no use hopping from stone to stone
My tomahawk cleaves the toughest bone.
This Eliza act is durned realistic.
Pardon me, Varmint. That's anachchronistic.
That two dollar word … it may be your last
I've got you White Man. Your future's just past.
Ha, Ha … you fell. With all your talk.
You didn't see that Slippery rock !
The God of Waters is mad at me
Fatherless orphans will fill my teepee.
Oh, no, Redskin. I'm not much fer killin'
You'll let live to see your wife & your chilllen.
But why, White man ? I'd have killed you.
The same fate is right for me, too.
Listen, Varmint, for many a week
I hunted a name for this blamed creek
something suitable, a name that sticks
And until you fell I was in a fix
But right here and now, without much talk
We've named this creek … The Slippery Rock
If a town grows up, that's its name to
If folks think it's funny -- what can they do ?
We'll be a legend, and we'll be to blame
But they'll have to stickto this funny name.
When I saw you skid for half a block
I knew right then 'twould be - "Slippery Rock."