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Looking Back: Thor
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 11 September 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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It was somewhere back in the mid '40's when a chap by the name of Thor "Tore" Morgan arrived on the scene in Lindsay and married Helen Jackson who lived with her parents in their home on St. Patrick St. just north of Colborne Street.

Thor was originally from the state of Tennessee in the USA and was a well-known professional wrestler. He was frequently on the "Card" at Maple Leaf Gardens in preliminary matches before the main event would take place that often starred the great "Whipper" Billy Watson.

This story I am about to relate is as vivid to me as though it had taken place yesterday.

Thor was in Rube Morris' Cigar Store leafing through some magazines when Clayton Grills entered the store.

"Clayt" was a local electrician and owner of "Clayton Grills Electric" that was located barely west of Lindsay street on the South side of Kent.

It seemed like no time before Grills asked Thor if he had a match that night.

"Yeh, that I do." was his reply.

"How far into the match will you go before you take a fall?" said Grills.

"What do you mean "before I take a fall?" Morgan shot back.

"Well you don't think that we're naive enough to believe the matches are on the square do you?"

"Look," said Thor, "whether you or anyone else believes it or not matches are not "fixed."

"Care to put a hundred bucks on the outcome of to-night's match with your opponent?" asked Grills.

"Sure" Thor replied.

The agreement was that both of them would meet back at "Rube's" around four o'clock when Thor would be about to drive to Toronto to prepare for his "match" that night.

When the two of them arrived, Grills pulled out a wad of bills and counted out one hundred dollars that, in those days was a hefty amount of money, and gave it to "Rube" who had volunteered to hold the bet.

Thor reached into his jacket and pulled out a cheque book and proceeded to write a cheque to cover his part of the wager.

"Hold it Thor, no cheques, just cash," said Grills.

"I didn't have a chance to get to the bank before they closed at 3. 00 o'clock so you'll have to be satisfied with a cheque. Besides you know damn well I'm good for it"

"Cash on the line!" insisted Grills.

With sweat pouring down their faces and both obviously under considerable stress and tension with the situation, "Rube" decided to intervene.

"Look fellows, I think the best thing for you to do is just call off the whole thing and forget about it."

Aha, that was what they were both looking for; a way out of the mess they had gotten themselves into without either being the one to back down.

At that point Grills gathered up his one hundred dollars, Thor tore (no pun intended) up his cheque and they left the store.

As a point of interest, Thor was pinned early in his match that night and the following day Grills dropped in on Rube, smiled and said "I told you so didn't I?"

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Looking Back: Thor