By CLINT FOSTER
The story of the Nickerson family is one of achieving great success and giving back to the community and those who helped them so much along the way.
Now the owners of Shotgun’s Bar-B-Que in Mineral Wells have undertaken the mission to inspire those in the community that come to eat at their restaurant by displaying plaques honoring people from all different walks of life who have a connection to either Mineral Wells or Palo Pinto County and have gone on to do great things in their lives.
The honorees, whom the people at Shotgun’s call their “Passing Mineral Wells Greats,” will soon cover the walls on the interior of the restaurant with four plaques adorning the wall in each booth so that each time a patron comes to eat, they will get to read new success stories from the local community.
Ida Nickerson, whose husband bought Shotgun’s back in 1994, came up with the idea. She plans to put up plaques weekly until the green walls of Shotgun’s are completely full of inspiring stories.
“We need to have a place of reference for the people that have come through here and done great things,” she said. “This is one way to honor them, to help them to understand they have done great things, they are great people. We’ve had some amazing people come through here. We’ve had astronauts, football players, doctors. We’ve had Felicia Scott, who ran in the Boston Marathon in honor of her mother, Colonel Willy Casper, Bobby Glover. I have over 100 names.”
The Nickersons’ respect for those who have done great things in their lives is well-documented. When driving by Shotgun’s on the north side of West Hubbard Street it is impossible to missed the giant image of original restaurant owner John “Shotgun” Vaughan emblazoned on the south side of the building. Nickerson told the Index Vaughan is extremely important to their family, not only because he sold them the restaurant in 1994, but he also took Ida’s husband, Gabriel, under his wing, gave him a job and promised the future of the restaurant if he worked well. Ida went so far as to say Gabriel was like Vaughan’s second son. Because of his impact, they had Vaughan’s caricature painted on the building in his honor. The concept of the plaques follows a similar line of thinking.