My grandfather (B.E. McDonald) was a bookkeeper at Mulford's through the 1930s and probably much later. I still have the lid from one of their cardboard jewelry boxes with the 6 South Main address on it.
In the mid- to late '60s I would see Monk hanging around the Kroger and Walgreens located at Poplar and Cleveland. As kids we had crazy theories as to where he lived (in the underground drainage tunnels around town), what was inside his cane (we figured rolls and rolls of quarters), etc. Of course, we were all warned by our parents to stay away from him. I lived a couple of blocks away on Montgomery. We moved out East in '70, and I never saw him again. He was one odd duck.
By Richard Alley
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