From a Centerville newspaper June 29, 1966
"I want to take the time now to tell you about B'Jic Kesak beans. These
kind of beans have been around for 200 years. The Ottawa Indians raided
some Sioux Indians to steal some wives. They brought back the squaws
and a sack of beans.
That's the way the story starts. Then the other day we got a letter
from Glenn M. Griffin, our Dick Griffin's brother who lives in Saginaw,
Michigan. Griffin met a man by the name of Carl Wright in Lakeland,
Florida at a party that was also attended by Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Venell,
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Elgin, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hagan, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Griffing and other Centerville people.
But to get back to the beans. An aged Ottawa Indian gave Mr. Wright
some of the B'Jic Kesak beans. (Mr. Wright by the way was born and
raised in Appanoose County.) He now lives in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Because he has worked hard at propagating the beans Mr. Wright is now
known all over the U.S. as "the bean man". He has more requests for
bean seeds than he can fill. They are said to to be the only beans in
the world that don't shed their husks in cooking. The shell cooks right
up with the beans and they have so much protein that many people use
them instead of meat.
It's a long way 'round but Griffing in Florida found a man from Harbor
Springs, Michigan, who was a former Centerville man and more than that
the "bean man" of the U.S. all because some Ottawa Indians went wife
Leslie Wright Bagwell