David Edmund “D.E.” Morris 1866-1934

The Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mississippi Fifty-Seventh Annual Session, at Scranton, Mississippi, May 6, 1895

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1895-05-10 The Pascagoula Democrat Star

The Odd Fellows


Fifty-Seventh Annual Session,
AT SCRANTON, MISS., MAY 6, 1895


The Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mississippi, held their annual session in Scranton this week. The attendance upon each has been larger than for many years, and although the past year has been one of much financial depression, the reports of the Grand Officers, and statements of Individual members of the Grand Bodies, all indicate a healthy growth, several new lodges having been organized and some dormant ones revived.
The Grand Encampment met in its forty-third annual session on Monday morning at 10 o’clock, in the Odd Fellows Hall. The following Grand Officers being in their respective stations:


T. C. Billups, Columbus, Grand Patriarch.
Samuel French, Vicksburg, Grand High Priest.
F. W. Olin, Jackson Grand Senior Warden.
Jacob Fach, Summit, Grand Junior Warden.
Isaac D. Blumenthal, Holly Springs, Grand Scribe.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Acting Grand Treasurer.
W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs, Grand Marshal.
H. C. Orman, Grenada, Grand Sentinel.


The Grand Patriarch, Grand Scribe, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representative made their reports.
The death of John H. McKenzie, Grand Treasurer, on April 25th, was announced, and a committee appointed to prepare a suitable tribute to that prominent and useful member of the order.


There were twelve Encampments represented, as follows:
Vicksburg, No. 2.—W. E. Blything, C. C. Kent.
Choctaw, No. 3.—A. Fichelman.
Tombigbee, No. 6.—J. L. Walker
Monroe, No. 9.—Phil. Chrisman.
Morning Star, No. 14.—S. R. Stewart.
Pontotoc, No. 17.—John Rowzee.
Theobold, No. 20.—J. W. Cunningham, J. D. Cleary.
Mt. Sinai, No. 21.—Geo. L. Gray.
Eureka, No. 22.—C. H. Garland.
Mamre, No. 28.—M. C. Oolgaardt.
Cyclone, No. 31.—H. M. Buckley.
Scranton, No. 32.—H. S. Rourke, S. H. Bugge, J. P. Fox.
At the night session the Grand Encampment was formally received by Scranton Encampment No. 32. The welcome address being delivered by Vincent Ros, and responded to by Wm. M. Strickland, of Holly Springs.
The following were elected Grand officers:
Samuel French, Vicksburg, Grand Patriarch.
F. W. Olin, Jackson, Grand High Priest.
W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs, Grand Senior Warden.
Isaac D. Blumenthal, Holly Springs, Grand Scribe.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Treasurer.
J. H. Rolls, Scranton, Grand Junior Warden.
H. C. Orman, Grenada, Grand Marshal.
H. M. Blything, Vicksburg, Grand Sentinel.

THE GRAND LODGE
The fifty-seventh annual session of the Grand Lodge met at 10 o’clock on Tuesday morning, the following Grand officers being in their respective stations:
Ellis T. Har, Grand Master.
C. L. Lincoln, Deputy Grand Master.
Simon Fried, Grand Warden.
Walter S. P. Doty, Grand Secretary.
J. L. Power, Acting Grand Treasurer.
W. J. Webb, Grand Chaplain.
William Jackson, Grand Marshall.
Theo. Baker. Grand Conductor.
Samuel French, Grand Guardian.
H. C. Nelson, Grand Herald.
Lodges were represented, as follows:
Mississippi, No. 1.—Wm. James.
Warren, No. 3.—F. A. Musgrove, J. W. Short.
Franklin, No. 5.—Geo. W. Acker.
Grenada, No. 6.—W. B. Barnes.
Macon, No.3.—F. C. Kent.
Wilkinson, No. 10.—Martin Rotschild.
Capitol, No. 11.—L. Schwartz, J. H. Taylor.
Jefferson, No. 14.—Jas. McClure
Stockman, No. 19.—W. B. Patty.
Wildy, No. 21.—O. L. McKay.
Ridgely, No. 23.—B. L. H. Wright.
Holly Springs, No. 30.—W. C. Tilton.
Union. No. 35.—T. B. Franklin.
Quitman, No. 36.—Jno. E. McClurg.
Okolona, No. 37.—Jno. D. Cleary.
Carrollton, No. 40.—C. C. Doty.
Pontontoc, No. 44.—H. C. Stanford.
Scranton, No. 45.—S. H. Bugge.
Central, No. 49.—T. P. Terry.
New Albany, No.73—W. A. Liddell.
Enterprise, No. 79.—Jas. McGee.
Meridian, No. 80.—J. P. Young, O. F. Temple.
Water Valley, No. 82.—J. S. Wilkes.
Star, No. 84.—Tal Hibbler.
Summit, No. 95.—J. R. Jewell.
Greenville, No. 94.—J. A. Newman.
Yazoo City, No. 102.—E. Schaefer.
Goodwille, No. 104.—H. L. Arnold.
Reliance, No. 107.—J. W. Sandell.
Charleston, No. 108.—Jas. McCorkle.
Copiah, No. 109.—J. Dampeer.
A. B. Longstreet, No. 113.—W. H. Baird.
L. Q. C. Lamar, No. 114.—W. B. Bailey.
Amory, No. 115.—R. P. Dilworth.
Jackson, No. 116.—Wm. Hemingway.
Moss Point, No. 117.—D. E. Morris.
Greenwood, No. 118.—M. Anderson.
Three Oaks, No. 121.—Jno. S. Davis.
Bay St. Louis, No. 122.—J. Heitzman.


Also, the following Past Grands, not representatives:
Leland Henderson, No. 22; J. P. Fox, C. L. Price, Jos. W. Allman, ___ Cunningham, No. 45; S. T. Holberg, No. 19; C. W. Garner, No. 117; N. S. Walker, No. 5.
The report of Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representatives were submitted and referred to the appropriate committees.
Grand Secretary reported three new lodges and two revived during the year, and total membership to last December term 1,616.
The report of Grand Representatives. Sowed an addition of nearly thirty thousand members to the order during the past year, with a total membership of nearly one million in the jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. The benefits during 1895 amounting to about $3, 500, 000.
Aberdeen was selected as the place of next session, by unanimous vote. The lodge at that place will then celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.


The following were elected Grand officers:
C. L. Lincoln, Columbus, Grand Master.
Simon Fried, Starkville, Deputy Grand Master.
L. F. Chiles, Jackson, Grand Warden.
Walter S. P. Doty, Grenada, Grand Secretary.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Treasurer.
Dr. A. D. Hutchinson, Columbus, Grand Representative.
Other officers to be appointed by the Grand Master elect.


A formal reception took place at the Courthouse at 5 o’clock, p.m., when Mayor Allman delivered the address of welcome, responded to by Past Grand Master Wiley N. Nash.
After a ride to Moss Point, and enjoying its hospitalities, the brethren returned to Scranton, where all the Coast Lodges united in a public reception in the Odd FellowsHll. Vincent Ros delivered the address of welcome, and Hon. M. M. Evans responded.
The secret work of the Order was then exemplified by Grand Representative Isaac D. Blumenthal.
The Grand Lodge, after a brief business session on Wednesday morning, entered upon the program arranged for the day—the excursion to Horn Island. A special train took the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment, resident members of the Order and invited guests, to Moss Point, where they were joined by Moss Point Lodge and friends. The fleet for the excursion consisted of five steam tugs—Leo, Fox, Native Victor and Eva, two large barges and a schooner, and when these returned to Colle’s wharf, at Scranton, and took on the large party there waiting, the excursionists numbered fully one thousand. It was an afternoon of supreme pleasure to all. The committees of arrangements were indefatigable in their attention to their guests. The Escatawpa band discoursed excellent music, and if the young people had dancing space they certainly would have taken advantage of it.
On nearing the Island the “basket dinner” was spread on one of the barges, and there was not only an abundance for the party, but scores of baskets were not opened. And it was all of the very best, and never was a feast better served or more thoroughly enjoyed. The waiters included a Lieutenant-Governor, and many other gentlemen and ladies, who seemed to be expert in the business of feeding the hungry.
The Leo took quite a large party out into the Gulf, but none complained of sea-sickness. All got back in good time, and all expressed themselves delighted—one enthusiastic visitor from North Mississippi remarking, “this is a red-letter day in the history of our Order in Mississippi.”
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o’clock, and remained in session until 11 o’clock, when it finally adjourned. Many important reports were considered and adopted. The representatives made verbal reports as to the condition of their Lodges. A committee was appointed to prepare special resolutions of thanks for the innumerable courtesies of the sessions. The Grand Officers elect were duly installed, after which Past Grand Master J. L. Power made a brief address of congratulation and exhortation, and then the new Grand Master announced the appointive Grand Officers and standing committees, as follows:
Grand Marshal—Wm. James, Natchez.
Grand Conductor—W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs.
Grand Herald—N. H. Bryant.
Grand Guardian—Samuel French.
The Grand Chaplain will be heretofore announced.
Judicial Committee—Isaac T. Hart, Percy Somerville, C. L. Tubb.
Finance Committee—O. L. Kimbrough, O. L. McKay, Jas. McClure.

THE ODD FELLOWS AT PASCAGOULA
An informal meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the village of Pascagoula was held at 11 o’clock a.m. Tuesday. Messrs. W. O. Clark, C. L. Johnson, H. F. Krebs and F. B. Walker were appointed a committee to tender the visiting Odd Fellows and their brethren a reception at Pascagoula, Captain G. H. Howze having tendered a free train on the Moss Point and Pascagoula railroad for that purpose. The invitation was extended and accepted at the evening session of the Grand Lodge, and the Odd Fellows arrived at Pascagoula at 6:15 p.m., when they were escorted to the “Cottage by the Sea” to partake of a sumptuous supper prepared for them in the spacious dining hall of that popular hostelry, Mayor Volney Brown, on behalf of the village, and Mr. H. F. Krebs made a few remarks of welcome, which were answered in a well delivered speech by Mr. C. L. Tubb, of Aberdeen.
Supper was proceeded with and the wants of the guests were attended to by the hostess, Mr. A. C. Bradford, assisted by Mrs. G. F. Southard, Mrs. E. D. Dean and Miss Addie Clark.

 

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Moss Point Odd Fellows’ Celebration at the residence of Mr. John Wesley Morris

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The Pascagoula Democrat Star

May 4, 1894

Odd Fellows’ Celebration.


Last Friday night at the residence of Mr. John W. Morris Moss Point Lodge N. 117 I. O. O. F. gave a grand celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of the order. The lodge occupied the spacious gallery of the residence and the guests were seated under the large oaks. The grounds were beautifully lighted. After the opening ceremonies of the lodge, readings descriptive of the objects and purposes of Odd Fellowship were given by Messrs. C. M. Fairley and R. W. Cowan, and the exercises concluded with an able, interesting and instructive address on the past, present and future of Odd Fellowship by Prof. M. Caldwell, whose remarks were warmly applauded. After its conclusion all present were invited to partake of the good things prepared for their entertainment. It was the unanimous expression that the occasion had been a most delightful and profitable one and will be the means of increasing interest in this noble order. Moss Point Lodge No 117 was organized with six members Sept. 13, 1893, and during its short life has increased to thirty-four members, and its good influence has been felt in this community. The present officers are: J. W. Stewart, P. G.; D. E. Morris, N. G.; C. W. Garner, V. G.; A. F. Dantzler, secretary and Chas H. Wood, treasurer.


John Wesley MORRIS (1839 – 1896) was my great-great grandfather.

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934), son of John Wesley MORRIS

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965), son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS

Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013), daughter of John Harkness MORRIS

Me,  the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

 

 

D. E. Morris in Moss Point Odd Fellows Lodge

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The Pascagoula Democrat-Star
May 04, 1894

Moss Point Secret Societies


Moss Point Lodge N. 117 I. O. F. [sic] meets every Monday night at K. of H. hall. D. E. Morris, N. G.; A. F. Dantzler, Secretary.


 

“I. O. O. F.” is an abbreviation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. David Edmund “D. E.” Morris was my great grandfather and was best friends with the Dantzler family. – Note from TRose

Delightful Gathering at Home of Popular Biloxi Lady Saturday Afternoon

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Biloxi Daily Herald December 2, 1912

 

SURPRISE PARTY FOR MRS. HARKNESS

Delightful Gathering at Home of Popular Biloxi Lady Saturday Afternoon

Biloxi, December 2

A surprise party in honor of her sixty-eighth birthday was tendered Mrs. Irene Harkness by her friends Saturday afternoon. They gathered at Mrs. W. T. Bolton’s home and then proceeded in a body to the Harkness home Delaunay street. Mrs. Harkness was the recipient of many pretty presents.

The following program was carried out:

Song—Rock of Ages

Poem Reading, “Birthday Wishes”, dedicated to Grandma Harkness by Mrs. J. E. Pendola, which is reproduced below.

Recitation, The Dumb Wife—Miss Irene Harkness

Recitation, Woman’s Rights—Margaret Harkness

Piano Solo—Mrs. W. G. Wilkes

Recitation, The Great Battle—Willie Newell Harkness

Reading—Mrs. J. E. Pendola

Hymn, Showers of Blessings By the company

Scripture reading—Rev. W. L. Linfield

Prayer—Rev. J. L. Jordan

Misses Irene, Margaret and Althea Harkness served the guest with a dainty luncheon. The birthday cake was a very large and handsome one bearing sixty-eight candles.

Among those present were Mesdames H. Gorenflo, S. W. Rose, Mathia, Amy Dulion, C. Barnette, J. C. Tyler, E. L. Suter, Lyman Bradford, R. B. Dacey, J. Swetman, J. E. Pendola, W. G. Wilkes, Allen Watson, R. M. Davis, Giles Harkness, Louis Harkness; Misses Capitola Mathias, Laura White, Winnie Gorenflo. Stella and May Harkness, Kathryn Henley, Rev. J. L. Jordon, Rev. W. L. Linfield, and Edwin Morris, Herbie Pendola, Willie Newell Harkness and Jack Watson.

 

BIRTHDAY WISHES

(Poem by Mrs. J. E. Pendola)

We are bringing a wish for your birthday,

A wish and a hope and a prayer;

A wish that the day may be joyous and gay,

Unclouded by sorrow or care.

A hope that the year that is coming

Will bring many friends tried and true,

And know that the truest among them

Will never be truer than you

We have known your sweet, loving ways,

And we wish you the best in our hearts

May the remaining years be

The best of your days

Sixty-eight years of a well-spent life

Such a comfort to all should be;

We hope you may long be spared to us

And we a comfort to thee.

Long may sunshine round thee hover

Bright as that about thee now;

Never may a cloud of sorrow

Cast a shadow on thy brow.




Corrections:

Edwin Morris = David Edmund “Ed” Morris

Mrs. W. T. Bolton = possibly Mrs. W. J. Holston

Gulfport Pioneer James W. Bradley’s son Dies by Drowning in Service on U. S. S. Ranger in 1921

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Daily Herald – Gulfport, MS-Date approx. Aug. 1921

JAMES BRADLEY, POPULAR GULFPORT YOUTH DROWNS

The many friends of Mrs. James Bradley will regret to learn that she has received a telegram from the department in Washington stating that her son, James has been drowned in Porto Rico. James was one of Gulfport’s well known boys and went away on the Ranger, a government survey boat only a few weeks ago. Mrs. Bradley has the sympathy of the entire community in her bereavement. James was the only child. The telegram received reads as follows:

Washington, D. C. August 30, 1921.

Mrs. James Bradley, Gulfport, Miss.

Regret exceedingly to state that word has been received that your son James was drowned in Porto Rico. No details received. Request you to inform me if you desire to have body shipped there or buried in Porto Rico.

                                                      Signed. WILLIAM BOWIE, Acting Director Coast Survey.


 

Daily Herald – Gulfport, MS-Date approx. Sept. 1921

TO BURY BRADLEY THIS AFTERNOON

Body Brought Back to Gulfport Wrapped in Beautiful Folds of His Country’s Flag.

Five weeks ago the community was shocked and grieved when Mrs. J.W. Bradley received notice that her son, James had been accidentally drowned at Porto Rico. Yesterday the remains reached Gulfport on the 1 p.m. train from New Orleans, and another of the town’s own boys had come home, for his final rest, his casket wrapped in the beautiful folds of his country’s flag, in whose service he had died.

James Bradley came to Gulfport at the age of one year with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Bradley. He received the greater part of his education in the city schools, but graduated from the county high school at Perkinston with the class of 1918. Young Bradley joined the navy and saw over a year’s service in the Pacific fleet aboard the battleship Texas. At the time of his death he was in service on the U. S. survey boat Ranger, his last visit home was in May when he had a short furlough.

James Bradley was a bright ambitious boy, generous and kindly of disposition, and was popular with young and old alike. His father, the late James W. Bradley was one of the beloved pioneers of Gulfport and at his death three years ago, was serving a second term as city commissioner. His mother is beloved by the whole community whom she serves so efficiently as librarian at the Carnegie Library.

The funeral services will be conducted by the pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rev. Mr. Linfield, of whose church the young man was a member, assisted by Drs. Grace and Mahoney of the Baptist Church. The funeral will be held from the residence of Mrs. J.W. Rankin a sister of Mrs. Bradley whose house was almost a second home to James, as these devoted sisters have lived side by side for many years. The pallbearers are Messrs. B. Havard, John Morris, Roger Williams, Vassar Anderson, J.L. Heiss, Drs. A.F. Carraway and Dr. OC. Harper and Dr, Arvah Hopkins.Interment will be made in Evergreen Cemetary, where some 13 years ago the first grave to be opened in this beautiful cemetery received the body of a younger brother of the deceased.

Among the many letters of sympathy which have reached Mrs. Bradley none have been a greater solace to her than the following sent her by the crew of the Ranger.

S. S. Ranger, San Juan, P. R., Sept. 22, 1921

My dear Mrs. Bradley:

It is indeed hard for us to express our sympathy in your bereavement. We only know your son as a comrade and can only miss his alert, generous and his good qualities and infectious good nature. To a mother, he must ever seem as a boy and his good qualities which gained him popularity among his fellow men are ever subordinate to mother love.

The circumstances surrounding the drowning only serve to make us feel how close we all are to the dividing line. The ship was at anchor in the harbor, a short distance off shore. James and another man were engaged in running a launch between the landing and the ship. On the midnight trip, the launch remained at the landing for a few minutes; James in company with another went up the street a short distance to a restaurant. They failed to return in time before the launch returned to the ship, but nothing was thought of the matter as there were a couple of small boats at the landing used by sailors returning to their ships. In about three quarters of an hour after the launch left James and his companion returned to the landing, but the boats which were present before were gone. The two men separated to look for boats at other landings. When James’ companion returned to the original landing, James was not there. However as a shower of rain had just passed it was assumed that he had been able to find a boat and returned to the ship.

When it was found that James was not aboard a search in town was made. About ten o’clock in the morning that body was observed by some boys in swimming. As he was wearing only his underclothing when recovered, his only other garment having been a pair of trousers, it is believed he endeavored to swim to the ship.

The entire crew unite in expressing their sympathy. Many of them have been his boyhood friends and all of us have been attracted by his personality while he was among us. As it is impossible to acknowledge our feelings in person we hope that this letter may convey in some measure our sincerest sympathy.

Signed by:

Executive Officer, Chief Engineer, Boatswain, Carpenter, Assistant Engineer, Fireman, Seaman, Seaman.


 

I found these news articles while researching my great grandfather’s life in print. My great grandfather, David Edmund “D.E.” Morris, was in service on the U. S. S. Ranger as the Chief Engineer when this tragic accident occurred. His son, my grandfather John Harkness Morris is listed as a pallbearer in the news article. I knew a small amount about this story as told by my grandmother, John Morris’ wife, Rosie, when I was just a child. She would tell me the tale as we visited the graves in our family plot in Evergreen Cemetery. We walked over to James Bradley’s grave a time or two and she described the drowning and how the men had recovered the body of James. She was close to my great grandfather, D.E. So, now upon reading this article, I assume she was told the story by him. She was always sad when she spoke of the story. I wondered if she was friends with Mrs. Bradley. I knew when I found this article exactly who James Bradley was in relation to my family. The Bradley boys’ graves are not far from my family’s plot at Evergreen cemetery where my grandmother, grandfather and great grandfather, D.E. Morris are buried. Below is a photo of D.E. Morris in Puerto Rico – he’s the one in the middle.

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cir 1920 – David Edmund Morris, Chief Engineer, USS Ranger. David Edmund Morris is the officer in the middle of the photo.

D.E. Morris Purchases 40 Lumber Railroad Cars for Dantzler Mills

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1912-10-14 Daily Herald – Gulfport, Mississippi

40 CARS FOR DANTZLER MILLS

D.E. Morris Purchases Cars to Be Used In Moving Lumber of Big Company’s Mills

Gulfport, October 14

D.E. Morris, manager of the Dantzler Foundry, returned last night from Chicago, where he went to buy 40 lumber cars for the Dantzler Mills. The deal for these cars was practically closed, but it is not known when they will come forward. “The big truck line railroads,” says Mr. Morris, “are getting freight cars to relieve the congestion of freights along their lines. In the pursuance of this practice they will get cars which are billed to the roads owning and operating them, and convert them to their own use. Not in the history of railroading in the west has there been such a wild scramble for cars with which to move the grain crop to the exporting centers. The movement of the cotton crop also is creating an additional demand for cars.”

 


 

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934)
(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
Me-the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

D.E. Morris Designs Motor Tractor Plow for Dantzler Foundry in 1912

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1912-10-07 Daily Herald – Gulfport, Mississippi

DISC PLOW DRAWN BY MOTOR TRACTOR

Product of the Dantzler Foundry Is Tried Out With Success and Inspected by Experts

Gulfport, October 7

A disc plow operated by a motor tractor is one of the recent products of the Dantzler Foundry and Machine Shop and was made under the supervision of D.E. Morris, general manager of that concern. This plow by actual measurement cuts a swath 6 feet wide and will with all its discs added cut 9 feet. It has been operated with success on the Bouslog tract of land in the rear of the Finley Hewes residence on East Beach. Among those seeing its operation were the immigration agents of the G. & S. I. and the L. & N. Railroads who spoke of its work as being excellent. This plow has a capacity of 12 acres per day on raw lands and more on lands already under cultivation. It cuts through root sand other minor obstructions on the land as it would through ordinary grass.

Mr. Morris, who designed and supervised the making of this big machine has ordered an Oliver Engine Gang Plow wheel he will attach to the motor tractor for experimental purposes. This plow will Cost $370, but should it do the work that is claimed for it, it will be used in conjunction with the disc.

It is believed that as the “back country” develops a demand for such plows as the Motor Tractor will be such as to justify its being manufactured here.

 


David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934)
(My maternal great grandfather)
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
Me – the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS