by Diane Norek Harrison
SAYREVILLE-These memories are from former Morgan resident, Verne James: “I have to say this topic was certainly a highlight for those of us fortunate enough to have grown up in Morgan during the 1960s and early 1970s. It made up for not being able to ride a new bike received at Christmas until five months later.
“In the section of Morgan on the north side of Route 35, containing the major streets Morgan Avenue, Dodd Place. and Tyler Street, I recall there were three places to sleigh ride. The first one started in the Morgan Family Cemetery and took a slightly curved dirt path down onto Morgan Avenue. It was always great fun but you had to watch out for a guide wire, which must have held up some type of utility pole. I remember the wire but not the pole – go figure! Now the cemetery is fenced off and the dirt trail just a memory.
“The best and most popular place to sleigh ride was on Dodd Place. You would start at the very top of Dodd Place, right at the trail which went into the woods. This was way before the new neighborhood was built on the chicken farmer’s property and Watson Road was even thought of. A good run would take you most of the way toward Willow Street. It was the perfect street for sleigh riding and the families on the street were always good about not stopping it.
“The most risky run was on the hill known as Little Suey. Little Suey started on the bay side of the Morgan Family cemetery and was enormously steep. I don’t think anyone started at the top. Right at the bottom of Little Suey was a left turn leading down a narrow trail through the woods. If you didn’t make that quick turn, you were in the trees. In those days, you went head first and without a helmet – not that a helmet would help much if you slam into a tree. On one run, my right foot hit a tree and I took home a souvenir — a small tree limb went through but somehow missed my foot. Now Little Suey is gone as well!”
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