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U.S. Department of Agriculture

Here's to the Watsons

Maurice Watson and his wife had four sons: Lee, Bobby, Joe and Jimmy. When I first met them, they were living on Courtland Avenue in Towson, and I was around the corner on Susquehanna Avenue. We played a lot of baseball, football and soccer on a field behind our houses; we shot baskets on the concrete alley where we often had to remove the ice formed overnight. I also ate many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their kitchen.

Mr. Watson worked for the C&P Telephone Co. for over 50 years. Yet when it became time, he started Joe and Jimmy repairing lawn mowers, selling shovels, hoes and rakes in a small wooden garage on Chesapeake Avenue.

When the business expanded,...