A few things I remember from the 40's

I find it more interesting to read a story with some pictures or illustrations, but has anyone used scenes from a model railroad. Several months back, I sold all my Weston Figures and latter kicked myself for doing it. It's taken some time to acquire them all back on ebay and I'm almost there. The Weston Figure you see in the picture below is called "Old Man Walking" to help tell the story of old Morgan. It was during the summer of 1948

 I have Mr. Morgan walking down a street in a section of town I call Sixth Street in Calumet Michigan. The streets and sidewalks have never been redone since the Great Depression as the town never recovered from that era even until this day.

 Old Morgan

After a year in Kindergarten, I started to play with the neighborhood kids I went to school the year. Us boys spent a lot of time hanging out at Eddies house on the corner of 4th and Pine street. The storefront next to his place is where Morgan operated a Grave Stone business with several finished Head Stone in a window display. What puzzled me, there where names engraved on them. If that wasn't creepy enough, across the the street from Eddies, was the Peterson Funeral Home.

Mr. Morgan took a Dailey stroll up town along the main street (5th street) and then came back and walked past his place a couple blocks down Pine Street. It was more of an easy stroll than a walk. The kids all noticed that he never stepped on a crack or an expansion joint on the concrete. His gait was set in a manor that his stride perfectly missed the joints without hesitation. The only problem he encountered was right by his place where Fouth street cossed over the side walk. The concrete was jointed every couple inches and there was no way to avoid a joint. We watched very intently when he came to this section to see what he would do. He caulmly stepped off the side walk and walked down the street and got back on when past that area.

Kids can get a little mean streak once in a while or become disrespectful towards someone with oddball quirks. Mr. Morgan was always well dressed like all other men from that era and seemed normal in his other behavior. One day we were just hanging out and probably bored when Mr. Morgan came by almost unnoticed, when some one yelled out, "Hey Morgan, you stepped on a crack". He suddenly stopped, turned to look at us and without any change of expression just stared us down. We all were overcome with an eerie feeling and had to look away until he walked away. Later, I asked my parents what they knew about him and explained what we had observed about Mr. Morgan. My parents said they knew very little about him, but heard from others that he was "Shell Shocked" from World War I. I now under stood that as there were other men in the area with odd behavior that suffered from that. You would think that us boys would have learned not to mess with Mr Morgan, but!

It was probably Eddie, David, Jug Head and me walking up Fifth Street one afternoon when we spotted Mr. Morgan ahead of us. There had been a recent comic strip about a man walking down the street when four rascals (teen angers) got up behind him and walked in perfect step with the fella very close but not touching. Someone called a huddle and mentioned this comic strip as we all would have read it. We very quietly got into step with us behind Mr. Morgan. Other people saw this and started to laugh which made Mr. Morgan stop (we almost or maybe ran into him). Again, the cold expressionless stare without saying a word. We cut out and ran, never to mess with him again. However, we bragged what we did to the other kids and got away with it for a few exciting steps.

Close up of "Old Man Walking"

The figure at left was carved out of Bees Wax and a rubber mold made from it and then they were cast in metal. The sculptures name is Charles Weston and wasn't known beyond the community of model railroad people. This picture makes the man four times larger than he really is and the detail is still incredible.