"As you can see from my address, that I now live in Texas. However, I was born and raised in South St. Louis near Jefferson and Russel, so Widman Harley was a neighbor. When I returned from South East Asia in '70, I promptly walked in to your shop and bought a 1960 Duo-Glide. I pulled my wife's boot off, peeled off her sweaty sock, and produced 10, rather damp $100. bills. I don't remember the salesman's name, but he didn't even flinch. I guess in those days that was the normal method of payment. He threw in a pair of new helmets for me and the "old Lady" and filled the tank with gas...Ah, the good ole' days...My new scooter was beautiful. She was a former Shriner bike adorned with all the Masonic emblems and chromed, after-market "Parade Bike" accessories. Her sheet-metal was totally chromed and the seat and bags were white fringed leather....A real show-boat. But, she had miles.....Probably more than a hundred thousand, and she had that "Rode Hard, Put Away Wet" look...Some rust and a fair amount of corrosion, not to mention the oil and sludge in all her "Leaky" areas...But she was mine and she was beautiful. Within a week, I stripped her down to a " Fat-Bob", took off all the tin, except the tanks , put on pull-back apes, radical up-swept drag pipes, a 4' high sissy bar and a King and Queen seat on her. All of which, I bought used from your store. I brought some of my more corroded and rusty brackets and covers to your shop and you sent them out for chrome, not like today, where everything is hanging from a wall, ready to bolt on... She was my first of three Harley's I've owned. My current bike is a 2000-FLSTS, which I bought new . She looks a lot like my old pan-head, but there's no love like your first love. Mr Widman, your shop is an Icon of St. Louis, and a place of good memories for me and thousands more, I'm sure. I wish you good fortune and continued success, and personally thank you and your staff for your decades of great service to your customers."
Gary Jorcke - Martin's Mill, TX