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100 years ago in Spokane: Chauffer writes his own recommendations, steals employers’ cars

Le Grand Flint, alias Jack Ford, was a top-quality chauffeur with impeccable credentials and glowing recommendations. At least it seemed that way until he was convicted of stealing the auto of his employers.

After his conviction, it was revealed that he was also a gifted fiction writer. He admitted that he wrote a series of fake recommendation letters and mailed them from different locations in order to secure his chauffeur job with the B.L. Gordon family.

Here are some excerpts from his fake recommendation letters:

  • “Jack proved himself a real joy as he relieved us entirely of all touring responsibility. He is innately a gentleman and though cultured, remains in his place at all times. … Jack is a good company and a clever entertainer. He has an inexhaustible supply of amusing accomplishments which prove a boon to any hostess. … He is a descendant of the distinguished LeGrand family of France and a direct descendant of LeGrand de Martinique, who was granted the isle of Martinique by Louis XIII for recognized services to the French crown. … Signed, Adda Taussaud (of France).”
  • “He is a young man of sterling character. … He is particularly clean-minded. With all of this, you will find him a man’s man – he is not a mollycoddle. … He is very capable in a business way. In 1912, he lost his grandmother and was the only heir to her estate. What happened when he received the money? Did he give up his job as chauffeur and seek an easier livelihood? Not so with Ford. He reinvested his money most judiciously and, although a young man of comfortable income, he continued his work with me just the same. … Signed, John A. Little (of Seattle).”

Both Taussaud and Little were purely imaginary, and Jack was actually from Lewiston.

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