I was on fire. In the 1990’s the plant was greatly modernized and expanded in Simpsonville. Mrs. Anna Belle Smith was there then. “Back in the 1950’s we had a guy down at Scottsville, Kentucky who was selling sausage and other products and he called in late one afternoon wanting more sausage to sell the next day. At this time the business was operated by Fred, Jr., Bob and Allen. “We knew we wanted to be in the country. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Needing to earn more than his pension to support his family of 4 children, they embarked on creating a business out of making and selling country sausage. Brother Bob said he wanted equal time so he made a TV commercial. 3 Purnell's Old Folks® Old Fashioned Style Bologna Rolls. The Company began advertising on the radio in the 1960’s. Daddy, Mama and I loaded up the car and took product to him that night. It was at Floral Hall in Shelbyville. The plant was expanded during the 1970’s to accommodate a big increase in sales. No MSG. The term “whole hog” actually refers to using only … On the way back around 2 a.m. on Dixie Highway between Ft. Knox and Valley Station a policeman pulled Daddy over for speeding. He had a cow horn on the car. ~Clara Purnell. I can remember talking with my grandmother, Clara, about what compelled them to move to yet another place not knowing anyone with my grandfather approaching his 60’s. He said, ‘Can you drive a truck?’ ‘ I have a pickup.’ I answered. 3 Purnell's Old Folks® Old Fashioned Style Bologna Rolls. Think about moving to a new city with no contacts and starting a business with 3 kids still in school. The lady would say when she started to give an order, ‘bring me 3 or 4 legs of bologna today.’ Then their customers told them that when they heard a Purnell’s ad, they had to go to the kitchen and cook some sausage because it made them hungry.” He said, ‘Good, you’re on the payroll. He started making his own pork sausage in the fall of 1932, using only the choicest cuts. Why do people love Purnell’s “Old Folks” Sausage? His wife, Clara, helped the endeavor by sewing cloth bags during these early years. © 2011 F.B. Purnell Sausage comes from all the good cuts and seasoned just right, that’s why. View as: The Squirrel jumped up and grabbed the overhead rail in an effort to ‘skin the cat.’ Well, guess what? I told him that we can’t quit now-we’ve got too many mouths to feed!” I remember my grandfather, Fred B. Purnell, as being tough as nails, willing to take a chance and loving the farm life. Old Folks was accustomed to his family’s homemade country sausage and found there was none available in the city. Average Weight 3 to 3.5 Pounds Per Roll. The business was more or less a hobby until Old Folks retired from the L&N as a result of disability. ~Ida Guier (Office), Naturally, there are the “downtimes” when work wasn’t being done…. Includes all the good cuts and seasoned just right. I told him I liked it. “One morning, Danny Joe [sales representative] told a salesman to ‘come watch the Squirrel perform.’ [Danny Joe’s nickname is ‘Squirrel’.] 12 - 16 OZ (1 LB) Rolls of Premium Spicy-Medium Country Sausage. Believe me, it had an impact on his kids’ lives too. They all treated me and the rest of the Employees as if we were a part of this Company.” “There were times when Fred would say he didn’t know how we would make it. Purnell Sausage, Inc. Simpsonville, KYPrivacy Policy | Return Shipping. He laughed. I asked about a job. Average Weight 3 to 3.5 Pounds Per Roll. I think he was right, also it is still pretty much that way.” What I liked so much was that the entire Purnell family and children were there. Yet the business retains its family flavor; it’s unlikely you’ll meet an unfriendly face in the Purnell facility. 5 Fat Grams. It was his last act as far as we know.” Once he shared his lunch with a co-worker who enjoyed it so much he offered to buy the sausage from my grandfather who gladly agreed to sell it to him. Old Folks was talking with a sales representative from Louisville, Kentucky at one point. Others felt and feel like the plant offered a family work environment. Mama and me kept telling Daddy to hush, but the cop gave him the ticket anyway.” ‘Well, you can drive one of our’s.’ So on the next day I went to Ohio with Charlie Coulter. It was the first significant chain of stores to stock and sell Purnell’s Old Folks Sausage.” ~Allen Purnell. Later he migrated from the family’s Middle Tennessee farm to Nashville where he worked in a variety of occupations. The Company continued to expand the plant too. ~Fred B. Purnell, Jr. He used to park it and blow the horn and watch as the cattle, white Charlois, approached to sniff and stare while he smiled. Every year at Christmas time there is a dinner to celebrate the season and each other. He ground the sausage with a blend of salt, pepper and his special seasonings. It’s hard to say you make country sausage in the city. ~Fred B. Purnell, Jr. My grandfather retired in the 1960’s. “I had been sales manager and it seemed to be my job to sell the sausage. We invite you to read more about how the Company got started, how it grew and some memories offered by long-time employees and family members. Each brother had respective roles: Bob in Facilities and Maintenance, Fred in Plant Operations and Allen in Sales and Marketing. Welcome to the online home of the best country sausage money can buy. When it came time to doing the commercials they had to settle on how the ads would be made. 6 - 38 OZ (24 Patties) Boxes of Smokehouse Sausage Patties. Old Folks was accustomed to his family’s homemade country sausage and found there was none available in the city. And the products still carry with them the family pride that my grandfather had in that first lunchbox by adhering to the best quality ingredients. The sales territory now encompasses about half of the states in the U.S. and also Mexico. She said Allen Purnell was down the hall and was in, so I went in. There are approximately 300 employees. He was always a serious person who as a child earned the nickname, “Old Folks” because of his interest in listening to older people tell stories. ~Allen Purnell, “The first chain of stores that I sold was the old Steiden stores of the Louisville area. “I had a customer in Nelson County, Kentucky in the late ’50’s or early ’60’s that sold our bologna and sausage at the time Purnells advertised on radio when the Kentucky ballgames were being played. After viewing the TV commercial he had made Bob did not like it and said he would leave it up to me to do the commercials.” Frank Murphy who now lives in Florida gave me the chance to sell sausage in their stores, maybe 50 of them. “My oldest memory was the day I walked into the ‘old office’ twenty six years ago. He started making his own pork sausage in the fall of 1932, using only the choicest cuts. Even so, the Company has carried on a strict adherence to selling quality products and longstanding commitment to service. Because it’s gooo-od! Purnell Sausage, Inc. Simpsonville, KYPrivacy Policy | Return Shipping. People began associating Allen’s country accent with the sausage and his tag line at the end of each ad: “Buy a pound or two ’cause it’s gooo-od!”. He died in 1974. ~Clara Purnell. The ’80’s and 90’s saw continued expansion of sales territory. By this time the products were sold in Kentucky and the surrounding states of Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. Now you can call me ‘Jug. They began advertising on television during this period of time. But they worked together as a family. Includes all the good cuts and seasoned just right. Together they continued to build the Company adding new equipment, new sales territories and workers to the Simpsonville facility. Daddy got on to the cop for pulling us over saying that he was out trying to make a living and the cop should leave him alone and get after the crooks. I can still remember going with him to open gates. ~Allen Purnell. 8 - 23 OZ (16 Patties) Boxes of Turkey Sausage Patties. '” 623 were here. ~Charles Coulter (Sales Manager). At the time Nashville was somewhat of the center of the nascent country sausage industry and the Purnells found themselves competing with several more established sausage makers.