|Bro. Charles "Chic" Sale (1885 - 1936)|
Urbana Lodge, No 157 (IL)
But it wasn't until 1929 that he became well-known. Inspired by a carpenter named "Lem Putt" from his hometown of Urbana, Illinois, he wrote The Specialist, a play about an outhouse builder. He knew he had something unique in that play, and knowing that Vaudeville performers were notorious for stealing each others work, he hired a couple newspapermen to adapt the play into a book. The book became a big hit, but was considered very risque at the time--in fact, if it weren't for Chic's careful wording, it would most likely have been banned. The book sold 200,000 copies the first three months after release, and sold over a million copies in total--no small accomplishment at the time. The book made him famous.
|Chic Sale as Abraham Lincoln|
Charles "Chic" Sale was a member of Urbana Lodge No. 147 (IL)