Louise Morgal, Long Time Eastern Market Vendor: 1925 – 2014
by Larry Janezich
Ms. Gertrude “Louise” Morgal “Grand-Ma”, a long-time Eastern Market produce seller, passed away on February 23, 2014, at the age of 89. According to Barry Margeson, Eastern Market Manager, Ms. Morgal began selling at Eastern Market after the K Street Market (at 5th and K Streets, NW) closed in 1963. She and her husband, Elmer moved their business to the Florida Avenue Market. Business wasn’t as strong as they’d hoped and after a few weeks they moved to the south end of the farmer’s line at Eastern Market. Angie’s Flower Stand, adjacent to Market Lunch inside the South Hall is maintaining a book for expressions of sympathy or remembrance.
5 responses to “Louise Morgal, Long Time Eastern Market Vendor: 1925 – 2014”
Sharp as a tack and take-charge capable to her last days. I can only wish for the same. I will miss seeing her lovely face!
Her hard work made it possible for me to eat fresh peas and lima beans for the first time in my lifetime – what a delight she introduced me to.
I called her darlin’ and I meant it. A mainstay to the farmer’s line. I hope her son and daughter will keep her place on the line. Sweet dreams darling’
I enjoyed her gravelly voice and discussing with her the combinations in the $4 veggie bags.
We miss you Grandma–stay warm.