His real name was Frank Rocky Fiegel. He was born in 1868 in Poland. A retired sailor he was contracted by Wiebusch’s tavern in the city of Chester, Illinois, to clean the town’s lawlessness and maintain order. Rocky Fiegel was notorious for his belligerent attitude and firmly believed that everything could be sorted out with his fists.
Rocky Fiegel’s eye was deformed but it is not certain if this was a birth defect or consequence of a hard-won fight and this facial feature earned the former seaman the ‘Popeye’ sobriquet. Another distinguishing characteristic was his pipe-smoking manner which meant that when he was smoking his pipe he spoke through the corner of his mouth.
Like many rough men, he was at his most comfortable when in the company of children. However, there is no accounting of his imaginary adventures which boasts about the exploits of his physical strength, ensuring he…
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