Return to Content

Knowledge & Wisdom: Earl Proulx Knew Everything

Knowledge & Wisdom: Earl Proulx Knew Everything
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)
Print Friendly

When Earl Proulx died in March 2002 at age 88, he’d written Yankee‘s “Plain Talk” advice column for 22 years. Jamie Trowbridge, Yankee Publishing’s president, wrote about him on his passing. Even then, Earl Proulx was able to offer advice to readers.

“Earl taught me that you should never buy a piece of glass. There were always storm windows at the dump that could be cut to size, and as for any leftover pieces, those could be cut into sharp, disposable cabinet scrapers for woodworking….

“One winter a family of mice made their nest inside the walls of our gas range. I took the range completely apart to get the mouse-infested insulation out of it. But when I turned the oven back on, it still smelled like mice. Without hesitating, Earl offered a solution: ‘Take the stove apart again and rub vanilla on the metal.’ If anyone else had recommended this, I would have hauled the stove to the dump. But I took his advice, and that was the end of the unpleasant odor. …

“Earl’s father once told him, ‘Always do a little more work than you’re being paid for, and you’ll never have to worry about a job.'” –May 2002

Read more about Earl Proulx

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Bring New England Home

Subscribe for 1 year for only $19.97!

A 44% saving!


One Response to Knowledge & Wisdom: Earl Proulx Knew Everything

  1. Lisa August 16, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    I have a very unusual tool?? No one has any idea what it is, if I were to send a picture of it could someone please tell me what it’s called and it’s use. I’ve gotten some pretty bizarre ideas told to me but I would really like an answer. Please e mail me if someone can help and I will send the picture. Thank you so much. Lisa.

Leave a Reply

We reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are offensive or disrespectful to our readers and/or writers, cannot be verified, lack clarity, or contain profanity. Your comments may be republished by Yankee Magazine across multiple platforms.

©2016, Yankee Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Yankee Publishing Inc., | P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444 | (603) 563-8111