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John R. Harkness Contract for Corner Building of Lameuse and Pass Christian Streets in Biloxi 1893

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January 14, 1893
The Daily Herald
Biloxi, Mississippi

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“If the gentleman who lost his upper teeth under the Herald office stairway, during the holidays, will pay for this notice he can recover the lost property by calling on Pete DeJean, at Little Gem saloon, who has the aforesaid teeth in his possession.”


“John R. Harkness, the old reliable builder has the contract fort he erection of a two story building on the corner of Lameuse and Pass Christian streets, which, when completed, will be occupied by Mr. Herbelin, who has recently moved here with his family from Covington, La.”


John R. Harkness was my maternal great great grandfather.

Old Biloxi Newspaper of 1876 Reviewed

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Biloxi Daily Herald

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

September 4, 1905



“Old Biloxi Newspaper of 1876 Reviewed”

Hopes For a Constitutional Convention Expressed.

Louisiana State Lottery Prizes Won in Biloxi.

Old local newspapers are always interesting. They turn back the page of forgotten history and an intimate glance at a day that is dead.

Yesterday Mrs. H. Aken, who has spent many useful years at Biloxi and on Deer Island, showed a Herald reporter a copy of the Biloxi Mirror, published Saturday, January 1, 1876.

It is a small, five-column edition, yellow with age and torn in many places, but it brings to mind actors on the stage of activity thirty years ago, many of whom are known to the writer only by name but who in the printed page of newspaper seem to the reader to live and act again.

At the head of the editorial page appears:



Col. Seal is also mentioned in another part of the paper. Col. R. Seal was at home for the holidays but intended returning to Washington to further prosecute his claim for his seat in congress and for the ejection of the negro John R. Lynch from the place on charges of fraud, bribary [sic} and irregularities.

We know now that Col. Seal never did succeed in having Lynch ousted but we are still firm in the faith that it should have been done.

Immense growth of the oyster industry in Biloxi was recorded. The two principal firms, Bousquet, Elmer & Maycock and Lopez & Co., were shipping one or two carloads of oysters in the shells nearly every day “besides thousands of opened ones to different portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri and other states.” The future of the orange exportation industry was also highly spoken of.

The editors, C. K. Browning and B. A. Reynolds, were both optimists, evidently. They took a cheerful view of the outlook for the south, Biloxi and the world in general.

The editorials breathe of hopes for “the blessingf [sic] of constitutional liberty,” for the impeachment of Ames, then governor, and for a “convention clothed with plenary power to form a constitution, securing domestic peace and fostering the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

These hopes of the editors, we are happy to say, have all come true. The carpetbagger is still down where he was placed in the election of 1875 and his seed has been rooted out of the land forever.

The paper spoke complimentarily of the Judge G. C. Chandler, then circuit judge of this district, though he was a republican, and expressed the hopes that Gov. Ames would appoint him over any other republican. It also urged the appointment of Hon. W. A. Champlin, democrat to position.

Among the local matters, Mr. Mike Keegan had just died; W. L. Williams, esq., secretary of the State Grange, had been in town; Mr. John Forelich was dead; Father Chavalier had given a supper to the Catholic church choir; several Biloxians won prizes in the Louisiana state lottery; J. E. Rivers & Co., proprietors of the St. James hotel, had given a dinner; Mr. B. Leger had been stabbed at Handsboro while acting peacemaker; a boy had been accidentally shot by a playmate; the city council, H. J. Meaut, mayor, resolved to open up Washington street and appropriated money to pay for it, the councilmen present at the meeting were P. Schaffer, V. Desporte, J. Bradford and Marshal Hurd; Capt. Sam Lawson was the newly elected justice of the peace; Rev. W. M. Jordan was pastor of the Methodist church.

There is more that might be of interest to many Biloxians, but the present is of more importance than the past, insofar as The Herald’s space is concerned, though due notice should not be neglected of the fact that the Mirror tenders thanks to Hon. J. R. Lynch for congressianal [sic} documents.



My Great Great Great grandfather was Rev. W. M. Jordan, pastor of the Methodist Church in Biloxi.

Belle L Puts Thrills in Regatta Crowds–Wins Coast Championship: David Edmund “Ed” Morris in the Biloxi Regatta 1917

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Daily Herald, July 6, 1917

Belle L Puts Thrills in Regatta Crowds–Wins Coast Championship

J.M. Lopez’s Speed Wonder and Casey Jones, Owned by Ed Morris of Gulfport In Thrilling Contest–Casey Jones Disabled–Regatta Is Brought To a Close


The Belle L, Julius Lopez’s speed-boat, won the concluding race of the eighteenth annual regatta at Biloxi yesterday afternoon, defeating the Casey Jones, which is owned by Ed Morris, of Gulfport, and of which Morris was skipper. The Casey Jones broke down in the first lap, leaving the field to the Belle L, history in this case reversing itself, as last year the Belle L was disabled and the Casey Jones won the race.

Leo Ohr and Fred Moran, skippers on the Belle L, put more speed into the Belle L than has ever been seen before in local waters, the speed wonder of the Biloxi man fairly leaping over the waves and making a distance of eighteen miles in thirty minutes and twenty-eight seconds. The Casey Jones has a speed of about thirty-five miles an hour. The Belle L’s speed is at its maximum about forty-five miles an hour.

The speedboat race was for five laps on the inside course of fifteen miles with an additional three miles for turning and the Belle L gets a $50 prize. The race was one of the most interesting ever seen at any Biloxi regatta.


The race was finished by only one speedboat, after her competitor had become disabled before he made the first stakeboat, thrilled those on shore. Mr. Morris broke his rudder and was forced to withdraw, leaving Mr. Lopez to make the run of fifteen miles around the inside course in thirty minutes and twenty-eight seconds allowing the Bell L three miles for turning, he ran his speed marvel at a rate of thirty-six mile an hour without forcing her to the limit. This is the first time since this boat was built that she was enabled to make the entire course without the slightest mishap, for which those watching her were well satisfied with the running qualities.

Rain fell at the start of the second day’s races of the eighteenth annual regatta, given under the auspices of the Biloxi Yacht Club, and with a breeze of fifteen knots, the three big schooners, Henry M, Willie Ewing and Wonder got away in one of the prettiest starts that has been seen in a sailing race in years and furnishing a thrilling sight for the crowds. These boats sailed the course on the first round in just a little over an hour with the Wonder and Henry M coming to the home stakeboat with just two seconsds difference between the two boats. The Willie Ewing which had become outdistanced, finished the race to demonstrate that her skippers were game even if they did not have a chance of winning.

The second round favored the Wonder considerably and after gaining a headway, which the Henry M failed to overcome, she finished with a credit of eight minutes, winning the special prize of $50 offered by the regatta committee to the winner between the three boats. The schooner race was considerably more interesting than that of the first day and as a result of the rivalry which now exists between the Wonder and the Henry M. Officers of the yacht club are arranging a special prize to be offered for a match race between them on Sunday. The Wonder was built by Henry Brasher, of this city and is claimed to be the fastes schooner in these waters by her decisive defeat of the Henry M a boat which has won numerous races in this and other cities.

The Willie Ewing is owned by W.K.M. Dukate and Guy Green was skipper. Henry M is owned by Martain, Sr., and Martain Fountain, Jr., is skipper. Wonder is owned by Devitt & Clark and F. Tiblier was skipper.

The race of cabin cruisers, one lap on the outside course, was an interesting sight, being won by the Firefly, owned and operated by Capt J.M. Rodgers, of Mobile, Capt Rodgers award is a trophy cup. The boats contesting with the Firefly were Cleo… (continued on Third Page)


This article was transcribed by Ed Morris’s great grandaughter, Tenderly Rose.

Unfortunately at this time, I have been unable to locate the continuation of this article, but, I’ll keep looking! 


Biloxi Yacht Club Building In Holiday Attire, MS
Biloxi Yacht Club Building In Holiday Attire, MS cir 1925


Regatta Bay Saint Louis, MS
Regatta – Bay Saint Louis, MS / Not Biloxi

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS 1866-1934

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I’m still working on my great grandfather, D.E. Morris’, life-story today. My aunt told me she remembered that after D.E. died, my grandmother, whom he had been staying with in Gulfport, had found a trunk full of expired patents he’d filed. I’ll add this entry to D.E.’s post on the blog today. I call D.E. (David Edmund) “Ed” as apparently relatives referred to him by Ed. However, all the newspaper articles call him D.E. I was sad to learn Ed had battled alcoholism and in the end that is what caused his passing. His third wife, Miss Elizabeth they called her, was still living at their home in New Orleans when Ed came to live with my grandmother and grandfather in Gulfport on Wisteria St. where he actually died. His obituary in the Times-Picayune read that he died in New Orleans. It has been a bit of a mystery to unravel Ed’s life events as he accomplished much in his days despite his illness. Through his work with It would be so much easier for me to learn about him if I lived in Gulfport or Biloxi. Seems he haunts me… and I like that. He somehow became one of my favorite ancestors because I’ve spent so much time “with him”.

Ed Morris was a 33rd degree Mason – Gulfport, Mississippi, Masonic Lodge.


David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS


 my great grandfather
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS was born in 1866 in Moss Point, Mississippi to Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT, age 21, and John Wesley MORRIS, age 27. He was married three times and had two sons and two daughters. He died on December 24, 1934, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 68, and was buried in Gulfport, Mississippi.

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS married Virginia Watkins on May 9, 1890, when he was 24 years old. My aunt says she has a record of them marrying in the Presbyterian Church in Moss Point, Mississippi on March 11, 1898. I have not found that record. I found a record that stated they were married in Scranton, Jackson, Mississippi.

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS married Edna Irene HARKNESS on December 25, 1900, in Biloxi, Mississippi, when he was 34 years old.

His son John Harkness was born on October 8, 1901, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Tenderly and Kevin Cooper in Great Grandpa Ed Morris's Fishing Boat
cir 1957 Playing in an old fishing boat that belonged to Ed Morris, Kevin Cooper and Tenderly Rose enjoy the sand in the re-purposed john boat. The boat’s final resting place was in the backyard of Rosie and John Morris’s home at 1711 Wisteria Street in Gulfport, Mississippi (Gulf Gardens).

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