Poultry mogul Bo Pilgrim dies at age 89
July 23, 2017
PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) — Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, who grew a one-time feed store into the world's largest poultry producer before losing the company in bankruptcy, has died at 89.
A statement on the Erman Smith Funeral Home website says Pilgrim died Friday at his Pittsburg home, about 110 miles east of Dallas.
Pilgrim was known for appearing on Pilgrim's Pride commercials in a pilgrim's hat, and handing out on the Texas Senate floor $10,000 checks with blank payee lines in 1989. Nine of the 31 state senators accepted the checks.
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