Martin Family's Monkeys
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Martin's Garage was [at 500 North Houston Avenue] on the northeast
Morton Street and North Houston Avenue, and Bodkin's grocery was on the
southeast corner. I lived at 105 East Morton. It was behind the garage.
Frank S. Martin Garage
Listing in 1959 Denison City Directory.
Note residential listing at the same address, 500 North Houson Avenue.
Belinda Burget McKee
of 1972) wrote:
I'm sure there is more than one Tommy Martin, but the one that I knew
few years ago (2006). He was a big burly guy who never married and
Houston Avenue all his life. His parents had the monkeys in the cage
Morton, at the side of their house. He worked at Johns Mansville and
died of cancer due to the asbestos, or that's what he thought. He
worked for us
[at McKee's Steel & Trailer Parts] for four or five years and
was very sick
before he finally quit. I told him he needed to go to the doctor, and
did, they did surgery, but it was all too late. He lingered for six to
months in his sister's care. I was thinking he graduated [Denison High
Martin's obituary: "Tommy grew up and lived in Denison and always said
this area left nothing to go seeking. Tommy was dearly loved by his
many friends, several of them life long. Tommy loved life and people
nature, hunting, fishing, swimming, and music. A man of many talents."
parents were Frank and Martha Martin.
Larry Sarge McKee
wrote: The guy I knew
was Tom Martin that worked for Mike and Belinda [McKee] a while over on
Avenue at McKee's Steel & Trailer Parts. Tom's dad was Tommy
had the radiator shop and monkeys.
Gill (DHS Class of 1963) wrote: I
Tommy Martin. He was always rather quiet, cordial, somewhat eccentric,
always nice to me. Neither of us were the "scholarly types," with
Tommy seeming to me to prefer to work with his hands, but (in my humble
opinion) his mind was as quick and sharp as anyone's in school. Tommy
in his parent's radiator shop and then took it over. His immunity to
pressure was impressive. About those monkeys: I'm clueless but not
I lived at 105 East Morton when I was very young. The house was behind
Garage. Those monkeys they kept scared the daylights out of me. The two
monkeys were Jasper and Rosie. I don't remember the babies' names. Mrs.
also had a pet skunk she kept in the house. (At the time, they lived
in the Garage. Later they moved across the alley to a house.)
Mother often picked up parts for
my dad when he owned Dalton's Garage, so we frequently visited Martin's
Radiator Shop. Once when I was about 10 and my sister was about 7, we
standing near the monkey cage on a trip to the radiator shop. My sister
getting closer and was trying to get the attention of the baby monkey.
mother monkey reached out and grabbed a handful of Vickie's hair, which
me so much I grabbed Vickie and pulled her away from the cage. Of
result was Vickie lost a section of hair from the top of her head!
wrote: I remember the monkeys. My Grandma took us kids to see them one
She didn't like the way they misbehaved and said, "Nasty monkeys!"
She never took us back.
Vest Ward wrote: I
was just in Denison a few weeks
ago. Had my son's girlfriend (Ashley Richardson) in the car. We went
street where the monkeys were. I told her about them as we drove past.
memories - they were great!
commented: I also remember the place with the monkeys in the cages. My
to take me by there. When I married my husband (who is not from
drove down the street one day, and I was telling him about the monkeys.
he thought I was crazy!
Mabary wrote: I
have told several people about
the monkey cage, and they think I'm confused with the zoo. Thanks to
all, now I
can know for sure there were monkeys living on that corner!
Anne Bryant asked: What
zoo? The Park Hotel near
Forest Park had a menagerie. And the Pickwick Hotel had another one.
Kingston Drug in the early days had a baby lion in a cage.
Mabary wrote: Any zoo will do.