When he was 16 his mother died of accidental Arsenic poisoning. It was put into her tea instead of sugar by mistake. Seemed
to be a mistake in packaging by the pharmacist in the local store. His father moved his family that were not married, Jack,
Ken & Orlean to Rigby, Id. area.
In 1917 or 1918 at age 16 Jack joined the National Guard Calvary during WW 1. In 1918 the war was over so he did not see
He met Lucy Frances Walker who was 16 & he was 21. They married April 24, 1924. They lived for a while in Idaho Falls
where LaRae was born Nov. 26, 1924 & then moved to Clark Ward, Rigby Stake, Id. 3yrs. 4 mo. later Oma Jean was born,
24 Mar. 1928 (and died 8 September 2010). Sharon Rose was born 25 June 1934, Jean & Sharon were born at home in Rigby,
ID. Dee Ann was born 14 Mar. 1944, after the family had moved to Fallon NV.
In 1929 the depression hit the whole nation & families really struggled to make a living & put food on the table.
He worked at many jobs. They farmed for a while and then he drove a milk truck for Kraft Cheese Co. He drove around to all
the farms & picked up their (very heavy) 10 gallon cans of milk that was in front of their farms every morning. In the
winter it was so cold & there was no heat in the truck, the roads were snowy & icy. Come rain, hail, sleet, or snow,
he took their milk to the creamery
About 1932, maybe sooner, he started working for Road Construction Co.s, which became his lifes work.
He started out driving a team of horses pulling a Fresno & dumping gravel onto the conveyer belt for the rock crusher
plant. He worked himself up through the ranks, oil man, batch man, fireman & retired as superintendent of the hot plant
that produced the material to pave the roads.
During this period of time the family moved with him wherever the job was in many different towns. In Idaho, Nevada &
Ca., they lived in tents, travel trailer & sometimes rented houses while on the road const. jobs. Then back to Rigby,
Id. to spend the winters.
In 1942 the family moved to Fallon, NV. which was the headquarters of the Dodge Construction Co. he worked for. All 4 girls
married in Fallon, & still continue to live there. He was still doing road const. work. In 1962 at age 60, he retired
from the Teamsters Union. In 1954 Jack & Lucy bought Kicks Place in partnership their daughter Oma Jean. It was a Ice
Cream parlor with hamburgers & shakes & Western Union & magazines & newspapers. In 1966 they remodeled &
turned it into The Downtowner Restaurant. Lucy & Oma Jean were the Chefs. They sold it in 1974. Lucy continued to work
out of another restaurant catering parties & giving banquets. Jack & Lucy traveled for a few years.
In1978 Golden ( Jack) Morgan suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side & unable to speak or communicate
with any one. He suffered like this for 5 yrs. and passed away Jan 9,1983. Lucy cared for him until he was put in a rest
home for the last two years of his life. Lucy passed away April 7, 1988. They are buried side by side in the Fallon, NV. Cemetery
Jack and Lucy Morgan life sketch by LaRae Morgan with the help of her sisters.
Oma Jean Obituary
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