The lady without the nose that you wrote
of was a perennial figure in the Central Ward into the mid -1950s.
I didn't know exactly where she lived, but I remember seeing her
many times in the area of 15th Avenue and Bruce Street. Also, I
saw her several times walking along Jones Street between South Orange
and Springfield avenues. I was a child then, so I have to admit
that I was frightened by her appearance. Fortunately, however, she
kept to herself and, I far as I remember, she never spoke to anyone.
The beggar without the legs that you wrote about did not limit
himself to the corner of South Orange Avenue and Norfolk Street,
where I had seen him many times. He, too, would sidle along Jones
Street and around the corner onto 15th Avenue at the point where
Springfield Avenue intersects. I lived at that intersection until
1957, when my parents bought a house in Vailsburg.