Oakdale man dubbed King of Hobos

The riding-the-rails lifestyle of Jim Morphew, 83, recently crowned at the Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, began when he left the family farm in Oakdale in 1945, at age 16, the Pioneer Press reports. "A hobo travels and works. A tramp travels but does not work. A bum does neither," Morphew said. "A bum sits and begs." He's now settled back in Oakdale.
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Jim Morphew, 83, left his family farm in Oakdale at age 16 in 1945 and jumped the rails, the Pioneer Press reports. His life as a hobo stretched on decades and spanned 28 states and Canada. Now he has been crowned King of the Hobos at a convention in Britt, Iowa.

It was at times a dangerous life, but in their heyday, hobos were men of honor – and cool, the newspaper says.

Hobo News has images from this year's convention.

A Minnesotan was named queen of the hobos last year, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported.

Kings and queens of the hobos have been named dating back to the 1930s. Click on the National Hobo Convention page to learn a little more about Hobo royalty.

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