Gulfport, Mississippi, History

Estrada Named Gulfport Chapter of American Business Women’s Assoc. Woman of the Year – 1979

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Jane Estrada-Gulfport Teacher

Estrada named 1979 Gulfport Chapter American Business Women's Association Woman of the Year 1

Estrada named 1979 Gulfport Chapter American Business Women's Association Woman of the Year 2



My mother, Jane Morris Estrada.


Christmas Program for Methodist Sunday School-December 23 1921 in Gulfport, Mississippi

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December 20, 1921
Gulfport Daily Herald

Following is the program of the Methodist church Sunday School to be given Friday night, December 23, at 6:30:
Organ prelude, Mrs. Meadow, Violin Solo
Processional—Organ by Mrs. Meadow, primaries carrying gold stars, juniors carry pine branches, intermediates carrying candles, seniors carrying poinsettias;
Hymn, “Hark the Hearald Angels Sing,” all standing.
Prayer by Superintendent.
Solo, Miss Salome Syfan
“The Christmas Story,” Matthew 2:1-12, James Eaton
Song, “Away in the Manger,” Primaries, Stereo, First Christmas Morning
Reading, “The Other Wise Man,” Miss Irene Morris
Christmas Carols with stereopticon views—Carol, “It came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Stereos, 1. Wise Men consulting Herod, 2. Three Magi Guided by Star, 3. Adoration of Magi.
Carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Carolers, Stereos, 2. Holy Land (Bethlehem), 2. The Star of Bethlehem.
Carol—“Hark! What Mean those Holy Voices?” Choir Stereo, Angel Choir
Carol, “Silent Night, Holy Night,” Sunday School, standing. Stereo: 1. Holy Child—First Christmas Night. 2. The Babe of Bethlehem.
Carol “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks,” choir.
Stereo, Angels Appearing to Shepherds
Hymn (Stereo) Joy to the World. Donald Lytle, Oscar Harper, Floyd Congregation, standing.
Benediction, Pastor.
The ushers will be Barney Eaton, Leonard Hardy, George Tomlinson, H. E. Blakeslee, Jr., Charles Stewart. Donald Lytle, Oscar Harper, Floyd Odom, George Darnall, Edgar Santa Cruz. The Christmas Tree will be decorated by Mrs. Evans and class and Mrs. J. C. Stewart, Misses Syfan, Tomlinson, Lewie Blakeslee, Hardy, Martha Morris and Mr. Wainwright.



My two great aunts, Irene “Rene” and Martha Morris , daughters of Edna Irene and David Edmund “D. E.” Morris participated in this Christmas program. There were residents of Gulfport during this time.

1970 Gulf Gardens Baptist Church Donation Envelope

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1970 Church Donation Envelope from Gulf Gardens Baptist Church
1970 Gulf Gardens Baptist Church Donation Envelope

I was lucky to have two church homes when I was growing up. My grandmother, Rosie Smith Morris was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in downtown Gulfport and my mother, Janie, grew up in that church. Such a beautiful church! I remember the old church before it burned and watched the new church rebuild after Hurricane Camille. I love the folks who knew me from birth at that church. I was active in the choir as a teenager and fellowshipped with many friends I grew up with there. Many wonderful memories as part of that church family.

Although I attended First Baptist Church in Gulfport for years off and on-was in child care there, my favorite church when I was growing up was a small neighborhood church in Gulf Gardens located across the street from Milner Stadium. It was only a block or two from my neighborhood. I felt God there in that church. I went to Bible School at this church, sang in the choir, participated in Girls Auxiliary and went to camps through in church. I loved the people and the friends I had there. Lots of fellowship and love in that church. Good people!


Central P.T.A. Meeting

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The Daily Herald, Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi Coast

Page Six

December 23, 1920


The Central Parent Teachers Association met Tuesday, the 24th, at the Central School with a most encouraging attendance of both parents and teachers. The usual routine of business was followed by a discussion of playground equipment. The final decision was that quite a good sum of money would be expended for the equipment, which will be good news to the pupils as it means fun and exercise. Some of the money is on hand but, much of it will have to be raised before the order is placed.

Another move made by the association of benefit to the teachers will be divulged at another time.

The pleasing program rendered was a piano solo by Claudia Baylor, song by Irene Morris. The serving of delicious refreshments brought this interesting meeting to a close.



Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952) also known as “Irene Morris” —
My great-grandmother – went by “Irene”, married David Edmund Morris, is mentioned in this article. Her son (my grandfather) attended Central Elementary School in Gulfport, as did I. When I attended Central Elementary in downtown Gulfport, there was no playground equipment. My mother, Irene’s grandaughter, was a member and an officer in the Central P. T. A. when I was a student there.

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS (Irene Morris)
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
Me, the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS