HARDISON AND ALLIED FAMILIES, MORTON
"Born Feb. 4, 1850; d. ???? He was a minister of the Church of Christ and is reported to have moved to Texas in later life. He evidently died in that state. One of his sons is credited with the founding of the Morton Potato Chip Company in Dallas, TX. This statement is wrong, it was one of his grandsons, Granville Cecil Morton, son of Marvin Pinkney Morton who founded the Potato Chip Company (Note from Lou daughter of G C. Morton.)
John Marshall Morton was born in TN, where he met and married Emily Crowell. After her death he moved to Texas to settle where he was a traveling circuit Christian Preacher. He made the circuit on horseback, preaching as he went. He had a Bible comprised of several Bibles so that he could open to a complete sermon almost anywhere. He was killed by the sting of a wasp on his temple while on horseback.
More About John Marshall Morton;
Burial: Aug. 5, 1912, in Riverside Cemetery, Wichita Falls, Texas Lot 207.105
Cause of Death: Wasp sting to temple while on horseback
Census: 1850, Marshall Co. Census lists age as 6 mos.
Emigration: Aft. 1890, After death of wife E.A. CroweJI in 1890, he moved with children to Texas and continued as minister of Christian Church.
Occupation: Minister at Kettle Mills, Maury Co., TN.
Religion: One of the founding fathers of the First Christian Church in Wichita Falls, TX.
Notes for Emily Amelia Crowell:
The Census of 1868 lists her as 18 living with the W. C. Kennedy family in Household # 45 - that would have made her born in 1850.
The census of 1860 lists her as 9 in Household # 1611 - which would make her born in 185 1.
From Tombstone photo supplied by
"E. A CROWELL, Wife of J. M. MORTON, Born Dec. 9,1851, Died July 31,1890. "God in his wisdom has revealed, The boon His Love has given, and tho' the body moulders here, Thy Soul is Safe in Heaven."
A Note on the Old Well Cemetery
by LES TATE
"E. A Crowell was Emily (Emma)
Amelia Crowell. Her husband J. M. Morton was John Marshall Morton, a preacher
at the nearby Kettle Mills Church (apparently Church of Christ at the time,
as well as present). The grave adjacent to E. A.'s is Permelis J. (Crowell)
Whiteside, apparently E. A.'s sister."
"According to family history, E. A was a rather heavy set woman and fell from a runaway wagon. Her leg was broken, apparently a compound fracture, and she died of blood poisoning a few days later. Sometime later. She was buried at Old Well Cemetery, Kettle Mills, TN, Lot 108 J. M. packed up his kids and some of the Crowells and headed to Wichita Falls, Texas, where he started a church, apparently Church of Christ. During some national split it became Disciples of Christ Christian Church."
"Her genealogy, which is largely in the Old Well Cemetery, is: Emily A Crowell Morton, daughter of Samuel Crowell and Sarah Ophelia Anderson. They are the S. & S. O. Crowell on sister Permelia J. Crowell/Whiteside's tombstone. Permelia had a tombstone, but parents may not since several burials don't. Samuel remarried while Permelia and Emily were both still children. In the 1870 census, a few years after Samuel's second marriage. Permelia had married G. R. Whiteside, and Emily (18) and brother R. A. (16, student) are found living with relatives W. C. (William Claiborne) Kennedy and Josephine Olivia Anderson Kennedy. After Permelia's death at age 20, O. R. is found in 1880 census at age 48 living with E. A (Emily A..) Crowell, age 28 working as clerk in the store next door."
More About Emily Amelia Crowell: Burial: Old Well Cemetery, Kettle Mills, TN, Lot 108
Marriage No" for John Morton and
"6990: J. 1vL Morton and Miss E. A. Crow4
Stamp on Bond I solemnized the Rites of Matrimony between the within named parties July 1, MO.James ? Morton ??
From John David Measley, II and
his wife Pat:
"Emily was a person of considerable means when she married John Marshall Morton, a young preacher who boasted his own considerable wealth."
"Around 1890 he was left widowed when his wife Emily Amelia Crowell, was killed in a freak buggy accident. Young James Meacham always accompanied his mother to church but on this particular Sunday, she adamantly refused to allow him to go with her. She left him sitting on the porch bawling his eyes out. Mitch was only five years old at the time. He had plenty of time in later years to reflect on the day and felt she may have had a premonition that day and may have actually envisioned her own mortality. Emily lies buried in Kettle Mills. Her tombstone, slightly tilted through time, is overgrown with vines and wildflowers. John married again five years later to a woman named Lucy who was a kind person and good stepmother to the children."
Comments from John David Measley II and wife, Pat "After John's death, Lucy lived with her stepson, James Meacham. For 20 years the family shared their lives together. James felt especially close to her. He was so young when his mother died, Lucy was a second mother who shared a big part of his life. Lucy was famous for the wonderful Sunday dinners that left nothing to be desired
"John Marshall died leaving her a large estate with more than enough money to live comfortably and do whatever she desired. She was content with Mitch and Alla but as her health started failing Mattie invited her come to Tioga, Texas, to live in the boarding house where she could look after her.
"She had only been there a short time when Mattie's husband convinced her to let him invest her money wisely. He took her money all right, but not to invest it. When she pressed him for its return, she ended up dead under suspicious circumstances. Well, at least the family thought so. Her death haunted them, they could never forget the hand print impressions where she had been choked to death. All one had to do was turn back the high collar on her burial dress to see the bruises on her throat but since Mattie and her husband were well thought of in the community, not with standing that he was a Deacon in the church, officials chose to not label Lucys death as suspicious. In any event, she died penniless." She was buried Dec. 1, 1932, in Riverside Cemetery, Wichita Falls, Texas, Lot 207.
Children of John Morton and Emily Crowell are,
MARVIN PINKNEY MORTON Obituary April 26,1961
OBIT: DEATH TAKES MRS. MORTON AT AGE 73
"TO THE MORTON FAMILY MORTON
lot me say thanks to all the Morton Family for the wonderful and beautiful
plaque given to me in regard to the donation I made for the cancer research
hospital. I was very proud to have had the opportunity to do this. I certainly
hope it will help to not only find a cure for these malignant diseases
but to find out what is really causing them and that they can find a prevention.
We are born into this world through love, Love of our parents for each other as well as love for us. Our well being through life depends on how we use the time we have, of what love and respect for others we have and for what love and respect others have for us. Honor thy father and mother. Show tolerance and regard for our fellow man.
Our happiness through this life is based on what we can do to make others happy. Do unto others as you would like for them to do unto you. The more pleasures we give to others, the more pleasures we will receive. Smile and smiles we get in return. Speak no evil, bear no evil, see no evil. Do not say anything about anyone unless it is something good.
It is more blessed to give than to receive Remember, we can't take worldly goods with us when we leave this life but we can send some ahead for the good off humanity. Help our fellowman when possible. You will be glad you did.
I am sorry I don't get to see and be with you as mach as I used to but I am sure you can understand. I do love you just as much as I always have. I still appreciate your smiles and greetings. I am trying to take it a little easier because I don't feel as good as I would like to. I really appreciate the good work you are doing and loyalty you have always shown.
Now this Christmas has a special meaning to me as you can understand. May God bless you and wish you and your loved ones healthy and happy. It is my pleasure to wish for each of you and your loved ones and friends a very very Merry Christmas and a Bright New Year Sincerely."
The Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund was established with the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund in December, 1971. That fund has provided $7.8 million in grants, including $2 million to the Wadley Institutes of Molecular Medicine.
Throughout his lifetime, Morton shared with needy causes. His giving reached almost every type of philanthropic cause; medical research, health care, religious activities, education youth, ecology and even historical monuments.
He, and his second wife, Gladys, contributed $59,000 in 1967 to the Cooke County Heritage Society of Gainesville, Texas, to restore the old Gainesville Fire Station and turn it into a museum on Dixon Street that is still known as "The Morton Museum. " Granville C. And Gladys H. Morton Fund continues to support that Museum with annual gifts.
Funeral: Entered Into Red on November 9, 1969; Services at Park Cities Baptist Church at 11 am. November 11, 1969; Dr. Herbert R. Howard officiating; Interment Redland Cemetery - Grave 2, Lot 49, Block B. in the Garden of Peace. Pall Bearers: Jack Evans, Herman Lay, John H. Curtis, James W Campbell, Harvey Noss, Bill Oliver, Bob Rinehart, Earl Wyatt, Dr. Joe Hill, Fred Lange and Chris Hurley.
Granville died at a Cowboy Football game, in Dallas, from a heart attack and is buried in Restland Cemetery in Dallas.
Notes for Thelma Beatrice Lindsey:
Copy of a letter written by Thelma to her sister, Loda, in Norman, Arkansas:
4514 East Grand Avenue Phone 3-4844
"With That Wonderful Flavor
"Aug. 2, 1938"
your letter and am willing to do my part on fixing Mama's House. You write
to all the kids and see what they can do. I guess me and Fannie will be
the only one to o help so write her and see what she can do. If we have
to she and I can split it. But first see how much the rest can send in.
Dovie could put a few dollars in if she would. How much will it take to
start it? If it will cost $75.00 and you let the rent pay it out, how much
does it take to start it? Will it take the $75.00 or can you pay it out
by the month? If it doesn't take cash, what do you mean by paying it out
at 500 a month so write and explain just what you need. But what ever it
takes I'm willing and you can count on me. Looks like you could pay the
lumber out by the mouth and just the labor. So write and let me know how
much. See what the other kids can do especially Fannie and if she will
go 50-50 with me we wouldn't fool with the others. Bob still owes Morton
$10.00 tho for 2 years and never mentions paying it. I didn't think he
would be like that but Fannie can get it other places with all her fine
watches, rings & ect. Loda when you paper it don't put that old building
paper an it, for you know it will be yours afterwards and fix it nice.
Looks to me like it would be better for her to get some one to stay with
her for she won't to satisfied with just one room and you know she will
have to have a place to cook or is she going to eat with you?" Where can
us kids stay when we come home? I won't come home till this fall. It is
so hot so let me know more about it and what the rest of the kids can do.
Love to all come on down to see me and I'll give you all my old clothes eh? Thelma" (note from Lou: This was written without any punctuation at all, just like it was one long sentence. You will note it was written on Aug, 2nd. And she died on Aug, 13th).
Copy of a letter written by G.C. Morton to his distributors after her death:
"August 17,1938 " ALL DISTRIBUTORS:
Dear Boys and Wives:
I have only
a few words to say. I have lost the sweetest and most wonderful pal and
partner that a man could ever have. A loss like this means lots more than
any of you can understand. Part of MORTON'S is gone, At all times she was
part of MORTONS foundation and success, worries and trials. We can give
her credit not only as being one of us, but as being part of us. The foundation
of everything we have to took forward to was built around her. Lots of
times my being able to carry on was on account of her. There were times
when I was ready to give up and quit; when times were darkest, she helped
me to carry on. Everyone of us that knew her loved her I am sure but I
don't believe that there is any one of you who can realize just how deep
my love was for her.
Now at this time when everything seem dark and gloomy, I am going to ask each and everyone of you to do the best you can for my sake and hers. The last few months have been hard on us. We need more money; we need more volume, Some of you boys are doing swell and carrying your load as you should while some of you have been having hard times and not able or not coming through like you should. I would like you boys that are low on surplus do all that is humanly possible to get your surplus back to where it should be. I want you all to remember that my wife, my partner, knew that each one of you knew just how sweet she was. Think of her in this time of calamity. That is what she would want us to do, me and you and you. She thought the world of each one of you and loved your wives. In conclusion I am going to ask each one of you to offer a prayer for me in her behalf. As ever,
When she died she still owed Sanger Bros. Inc. a total of $11.66 that she had been paying on the "Club Plan" at the rate of $5.00 a month. She had purchased that month a "slip" for $1.39 and a "dress" for $3.95. The bill was paid off on Sept. 10, 1938. She died of pneumonia.
5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, 1938 at Sparkman-Holtz-Brand, Chapel. Conducted
by Rev. Herman Davis, Internment at 7 p.m. In Grove Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers
were Werth Wimberly, L. M. Mitchell, Garlin Morgan, W. O. Hughes, L. P.
Morton and G. D. Morton. Friends who signed the book: Mr. and Mrs. J. G.
Salyer, Miss Rebecca Burstyn, E. G Michael, Mr. & Mrs. Dorsey Muckey,
Mrs. L. R. Muckey, Billie Womack. The only one of these last names that
are familiar to me is the first, whom I assume was Billie Salyer. (Note
from daughter, Lou)
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Tuesday, April 23,1985
for Gladys H. Morton widow of Granville C. Morton, founder of Morton Foods
of Dallas, will be at I p.m. Tuesday in The Restland Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs Morton, 75, did Monday after a lengthy illness.
A native of Wet Glaize, Mo., Mrs. Morton attended business college in Dallas and married Morton in 1948. His firm grew from a small potato chip maker to a large corporation and was sold in 1968 to General Mills. Morton died in 1969.
In 1971, the Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Foundation turned over its assets to the Communities Foundation of Texas. That fund has provided $7.8 million in grams, including $2 million to the Wadley Institutes of Molecular Medicine, and $1 million to establish the Morton Cancer and Research Hospital at Wadley. Mr. Morton had been on Wadley's board since 1969.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lou Ellis and a sister, Marie Rogas,both of Dallas.
From Obit: Gladys H. Morton of Dallas, 75, a philanthropist and widow of Dallas industrialist Granville C. Morton, died Monday. A native of Camdenton, Missouri, she attended a Dallas business college and in 1948 married Morton, who made his fortune manufacturing potato chips and other food products; he died in 1969. Her philanthropic efforts included the Wadley Institutes of Molecular Medicine and the Granville C. Morton Cancer and Research Hospital. Survivors include step daughter, Lou Ellis of Dallas; sister, Marie Rogers of Dallas; grandchildren, Monica Cleckler, of Bsrksdale, Texas, Meredith Woolworth of Dallas, G. C. Morton Ellis of Rosston, Texas, Calvin Campbell Ellis of Honokaa, Hawaii; and five great-grandchildren. Services are to be hold Tuesday, April 23, at 1:00 P.M. at Restland Memorial Chapel In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sat to: The Morton Hospital or Community Foundation of Texas.
Funeral: 1 p.m. April 23, 1985 at Restland Memorial Chapel, Dr. Robert Feather officiating & Interment at Restland Cemetery in the Garden of Peace. Janice Morton Thornhill sang "How Great Thou Art." Pall Bearers: Jim Campbell, Johnny Martin, Bill Downs, Dan Neal, Curley Mayes, Felix McDanie J, Dub Nelson, and Don Guest.
Gladys' died of Ovarian Cancer. Her first symptom was that of a blocked bowel. She went in for surgery at Presbyterian Hospital. The doctor them sewed her back up said the cancer tumors looked like a tangled mass of Christmas tree lights. He gave her 6 weeks to 3 months to live. She transferred to Morton Hospital and after several more surgeries and lots of therapy, she lived another two to three years. She had to stop the Platinum therapy that was working because it was destroying her kidneys and her liver. The cancer was gone all except a couple of small spots which then spread and caused her death.
GAINSVILLE DAILY REGISTER, April
WIFE OF MUSEUM BENEFACTOR DIES IN DALLAS
Child of Granville Morton and Thelma Lindsey is:
Morton was born Oct. 27, 1927, 1327 Lindsley, Elmwood addition Dallas,
Texas, as per the birth date entered in Baby Book by Mother.. She married
Van Calvin Ellis March 6, 1948 in Dallas, Texas, son of Calvin Ellis and
Ophir Edwards. He was born Dec. 22, 1926 in Methodist Hospital, Dallas,
Lournelia was born at home because Thelma was afraid of Hospitals and refused to go to one for the birth. The doctor that was supposed to deliver the baby was not available so a substitute doctor by the name of Dr. Sours grabbed his bag and came instead. He thought, mistakenly, that the nurse had diluted to 1/10th of 1% the silver nitrate, used in new born babies eyes. In fact, the silver nitrate put into Loumelia's eyes was 100%. The doctor realized something was wrong immediately and tried to rinse the solution out of her eyes. He was able to save the left eye, but the right eye was burned, and her vision lost in that eye. The Doctor came out the next day, saw what had happened, disappeared and the family never heard from him again.
HER FIRST TRIP
TO GRANDFATHER!S FUNERAL IN ARKANSAS
When she was
just a few weeks old, her parents took her to an eye doctor who had to
pry her eye open in order to check it. He told them that when she became
around 15 years old that she could have a cornea transplant. She went to
the eye doctor when she was 15, but was told that since she had learned
to see with only one eye, that the two eyes could not be trained to work
together after all that time. He told them that her right eye could be
her "ace in the hole" in case anything ever happened to her left eye, He
did fit her with her first glasses and for the first time could actually
see the leaves on trees and could see peoples faces from a distance.
Loumelia was destined to go through life not being able to see in 3-D, did not have depth perception other than her own "learned" depth perception. It would have helped her ego if she had known that her lack of depth perception was the reason why she was no good at many sports especially any sports involving a ball. The teachers evidently did not realize it either, because she was made to participate in those games anyway.
When she was almost six years old, her parents found out that she could not go to school that year unless she was six BEFORE September 1st. She would not be six until October 27th, but since she was born at home and the doctor disappeared she did not have a birth certificate. They needed her to be in school that year so the nurse, Agnes, that was taking care of her could go to work helping in the Potato Chip business.
Therefore on Aug. 4, 1933 there was a certificate issued as follows: "To Any Dallas Principal: This certifies that them is on file in the Office of Superintendent of Schools under File Number 1627/1933 a birth certificate for Loumelia Jane Morton, child of Granville Cecil Morton and Thelma Beatrice Lindsey, born at 1327 Lindsley, Elmwood Addition, August 27, 1927.
Attached to the certificate are two affidavits, one signed by the mother who also signed the certificate and the other signed by Billie Salyer, a party not related to the child by blood or marriage, and one who was acquainted with the facts surrounding the birth of the child.
This statement will be accepted by any Dallas Principal in establishing the birth date of Lounielia June Morton on the permanent records of the Dallas Public Schools. Signed: Leo Stadthorr, Census Director'
So Loumelia went to the First Grade as a very young not really six year old in 1933. She attended Lipscomb Grade School for her first and half of her second year. Her Mother told her that if anyone knocked on the door and asked her when she was born to be sure to tell them August 27th and not October 27th. thinking that it could be a census taker. She was scared to death that if she said, August 27th, that a big neon sign would appear on her forehead saying,"LIE!"
After one and one-half years at Lipscomb, she attended Mt. Auburn for the rest of her elementary school days. She would be driven to school, but on most days she would walk home. She had to pass a gulch on the way home and all sorts of scary tales were circulated about what went on down in that gulch. She practically ran all the way until she got past that gulch.
During the Texas Centennial, in 1936, Lournelia had many fun times going to the Centennial at the State Fair Grounds with her Grandmother, MaMa Morton. They would go out early, riding on the streetcar, and stay until after the fireworks around the lagoon at 10:00.
Loumelia took dancing lessons and lessons in 'expression.' Her Mother would drive her to the lessons, so that was a treat. They would end up singing on their way. A favorite was, "Somebody Loves Me." Her Mother loved her beer, so, at times they would stop at a beer joint, the kind with sawdust on the floor and chairs with arms. Mother would have a beer and Lounielia would have a cold drink. Her Mother would tell her not to tell her Daddy, he did not like for her Mother to drink beer. Loumelia was to witness her "redhead" temper a few times. Her hair was not really red but she kept "hernia" on it so it was a strawberry blonde, almost red.
Lournelia remembers her Mother as being very tiny. In fact, her nickname was "tiny." She weighed 104 pounds and was trying her best to lose weight, When Lournelia was just a little girl, she remembered playing "dress-up" in her Mother's shoes. The difference is, they fit! Her mother wore a size 2 1/2 when she could find samples that size. Otherwise, she would have to stuff the toes of larger shoes in order to wear them.
Loumelia remembers the times the family spent at the restaurant of her Aunt Bobbye and Uncle T.B. Arledge The restaurant was Close to the Chip Company when it was on East Grand. Aunt Bobbye would slip 'Thelma a beer in the rat room, so G.C. would not know how many she had. Loumelia remembers dancing by the jukebox and people throwing coins on the floor for her. That was fine! She loved the attention and the approval. Then she remembers being put to bed in her Aunt and Uncle's bed behind the restaurant She could hear the fun going on in the restaurant, and she could also hear noises in the alley behind the room That part was not fun!
The summer of 1938 started out being a fun one, but it was to end in tragedy for Loumelia. Her Mother caught cold frying 65 chickens for a Morton Foods Company Picnic. She kept getting worse, refusing to go to the hospital. Finally, an oxygen tent was set up at home. This was the year before Sulfa was discovered. Then on August 13, 1938, she died of Pneumonia. They were living on Fairview in East Dallas at this time. It was two weeks before Loumelia's 11th birthday August 27th.
This birthday became her "legal" birthday, one that she was to celebrate until her 50th Birthday. Then she announced that the next 50 Birthdays would be celebrated on her "real" birthday. On all legal papers she still has to enter her "legal" birthday.
After her Mother died, her Grandmother Morton moved in to take care of her. During the summer vacations from school she would go with her Daddy to work at the Potato Chip Company. She started out by doing the things "would not cause the production line to get "swamped." She did fold potato chip bags, screw lids on mayonnaise jars and help load trucks along with being a "gofer." When the girls on the production line wanted sodas from the comer grocery, she would be the one to go get them When she got tired she would climb upon a stack of cam of napkins and take a nap. It was not bad, but she did not look forward to summer vacations like her friends did.
After Mt. Auburn, she attended J.L.Long Jr. High School for two years and then Woodrow Wilson High School. One of the highlights of her time at Woodrow was while she was a senior and was in the runoff for Cheerleader. As part, of the tryouts, she got to be one of the cheerleaders to lead the cheers during part of one of the quarters of a Woodrow Football Game, It was her senior year in High School when her friends shortened her name from "Loumelia" to Lou."
In September of 1944, she entered Southern Methodist University. She went through "deferred rush" as it was called and pledged Delta Gamma. She was active in all the organizations and was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities " in both her Junior and Senior Years, Her college days were during the war so the school had a "speeded up" Navy V-12 program which means that she was able to accumulate enough hours to graduate a little early. She~ however, was going to have a wonderful Senior Year and take the minimum number of hours and go ahead and graduate in June.
She met Van Calvin Ellis in August the summer proceeding her Senior year. Van was born December 22nd, 1926 at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He went to grade school at John F. Peeler in Oak Park, a suburb of Dallas. In 1936 the family moved to Temple, Texas, where Big Daddy worked on the Kyle Hotel and Scott & White Hospital.
She had her first date with him on August 10th. She already had dates for Friday and Saturday nights, but those were the last dates she had with anyone except Van. Six weeks later they were engaged. They knew that her Father would insist that she graduate from college before getting married, the enrolled for 6 courses plus a correspondence course so she could graduate in January instead of June. They were married on March 6, 1948.
Her legal birthday day is Aug. 27, 1927, #53599 (2-21-63), D.P.S. file #1627/1933. She began Grade School in Sept. 1933, attended Mt. Auburn Grade School, then J.L. Jr. High. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Jun. 1944 and in Jan. 1948 graduated from S.M.U. with a Bachelor of Arts in General Business. In 1968, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Wadley Ind. of Molecular Medicine. In Jan. 1944 , she was made Exec. Sec. to the Pres. of Morton Foods and in 1949 Promoted to V.P. of Morton Foods.
Notes for Van Calvin Ellis:
They lived there less than two years. It was there that Van and his sister, Johnny Laveme, met and became good friends with Margie Pearson, who later married Bill Ozier. They remained friends from then on even when the Ellis family moved back to Dallas. After Van finished John F. Peeler, he wait to Adamson High School until he graduated in June of 1944.
While he was in High School he maintained a paper route almost the whole time. He also worked at a Gulf service station for a man named Brown, a fantastic guy. When he was 17 he "borrowed" his Dads draft card, changed the date and went to work in a pool hall for a man named Hunter. He even had a few dates with his daughter while he worked for him Mr. Hunter was a member of the same Masonic Lodge as "Big Daddy." He commented on what a good worker Van was and didn't realize that his son was that old. "Big Daddy" told him how old Van was and Van lost that job.
The same month that Van graduated from High School he joined the Merchant Marines and went to St. Petersburg, Florida, for his training. Got his papers in six months and signed on a ship in Baton Rouge, La. went down to Mississippi through New Orleans on the way to England. He was in Liverpool, England, on his 18th birthday - the "ugliest, dirtiest city I have ever been in my life. An old bombed-out port!"
Van shipped out for the next two and one-half years; France, Italy, North Africa, The Suez Canal to Egypt and India. Made a lot of trips to Cuba and the Caribbean. He was lucky enough to be able to stay out of the South Pacific. Once over there he would not have been able to got home for nine months to two years. He was able to come home at the end of each trip if he wanted to. Therefore, he was able to get home four or five times a year. His longest trip was six months to India. He had signed onto go to Italy, and at the mouth of the Mediterranean they changed their orders to go to Calcutta, India. That was his last trip. His discharge was waiting for him at home. He said that he never wanted to go back to India. He said that it was really a terrible experience.
He was not home very long when "Big Daddy" told him to got over to the house he was painting for G.C. Morton - that"he was losing his butt on that job." That was in August of 1947, The daughter, Lou Morton, was at home that summer instead of working at the potato chip company. The front door to that house opened to a staircase. At the top of that staircase, Lou was laying on the floor in a pair of shorts with her legs propped up on the wall talking on the telephone. All Van could see was legs. He asked one of Big Daddy's painters who that was. He was told, "Mr. Morton's daughter, Lou."
Van and Lou had their first. date on August 10th, 1947. Six weeks later, they were engaged and then six months after that they were married on March 6th, 1948.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Sunday, March
"2 POSTS CREATED, TOP JOBS REALIGNED BY MORTON FOODS"
MISS MORTON, MR. ELLIS, BETROTHED
engagement of her niece, Miss Loumelia Jane Morton, to Van Calvin Ellis,
Mrs. T.B. Arledge entertained with a luncheon Saturday in the Mural Room
of the Baker Hotel. The wedding will be March 6 at the Highland Baptist
Church. The bride-elect, is the daughter of G.C. Morton, 3509 Southwestern
Blvd.., and Mr. Ellis' parents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Ellis, 606 Cumberland
Miss Morton attended Woodrow Wilson High School and will be graduated Wednesday fi-om Southern Methodist University School of Business. she belongs to Delta Gamma Sorority The bridegroom-to-be attended Adamson High School and saved to the Merchant Marines.
Bridesmaids for the wedding will be Miss Wanda Gooch of Houston, Miss Nancy Dowling of Neenah, Wis., Miss Jackie Chamberlin, Mines. Charles Furby, James W. Campbell and Edwin Turner. James W. Campbell is to attend as best man. Other attendants to the bridegroom will be Alfred T. Ellis, T.B. Arledge, Charles Barbosa, Durwood Harber, James Blair and George Hancock.
Attending the luncheon were members of the bridal patty, Mrs. M. P. Morton, grandmother of the bride-elect; Mrs. Ellis, mother of the bridegroom-to-be, Misses Carolyn Spencer, Joan Jakel, Jane Lloyd, Gladys Hurt, Jeanne Dixon and Betty Schenewerk, Mmes. Al Hopper and Phillip Naab, who will be members of the house party; Mmes. Harry Knight, Olen C. Turner, GlenTinsley, George Hancock, N. A. Caddell, G. D, Morton, Charles Barbosa; Misses Maoion Reese, Janice Ross, Juba Keahey, George Schenewerk and Miss Gloria Turquette, who will present the music.
Dallas Times Herald March 7, 1948
ELLIS-MORTON NUPTIALS ARE HELD
Under a vine
covered arch centering the altar at the Highland Baptist Church Saturday
evening, Miss Lournelia Jane Morton became the bride of Van Calvin Ellis.
The arch was flanked by baskets of white gladioli and stock and floor standards
holding cathedral tapers were placed behind the flower arrangements. The
bridal aisle was edged in white stock.
Granville C. Morton, 3509 Southwestern Blvd., is the bride's father and Mr. and Mrs. Calvin C. Ellis, 606 Cumberland St., are the parents of the bridegroom. Dr. Julian Atwood performed the wedding oweniony. Mrs. Leo Kopisch was organist, Miss Gloria Turquette and Carleton Anderson, soloists.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an original Christina gown of heaven-pink satin designed with an empire neckline embroidered with imported pink pearls and opalescent bugle beads. Her satin overskirt was heavily embroidered and was worn with a net underskirt, which swept into a fan-shaped train. Three rows of miniature pleating of illusion formed the bride's handmade halo, which was decorated with seed pearls. Her finger tip-length veil fell in misty tiers of pink illusion. Her short mitts of cuffed and ruffled net matched the puffed sleeves of her dress. She carried a cascade of white gardenias and pale pink freschias, and wore a strand of pearls, gift of the bride-groom.
AUNT IS HONOR ATTENDANT
Mrs. T. B. Arledge
attended her niece as matron of honor. She wore a white crepe gown with
a bolero cape and carried a cascade of pale pink carnation. In her coiffure
was a single pink carnation.
Bridesmaids were Mrs. J. W. Campbell, sister of the bride groom; Mrs. Charles Furby III, Mrs. Edwin Turner, Miss Jacqueline Chamberlain, Miss Wanda Gooch of Houston and Miss Nancy Dowling of Dallas and Neenah, Wis. Their white nylon marquisette gowns had deep berthas edged with miniature pleating, Two rows of ruffles cascaded down the back of their bouffant skirts. Carnations were worn in their hair and they carried cascades of pale pink carnations.
James W. Campbell attended his brother-in-law as best man. Groomsmen were Alfred Ellis and T. B. Arledge, uncles of the bride (and the bridegroom);
James Blair, Durwood Harber, George Hancock and Charles Barbosa II.
Judy Hendrix, flower girl, wore a white satin dress and carried pink rose petals in a flower basket of pink ribbon and tulle. Gerald Morton of Irving was his cousin's ring bearer.
RECEPTION HELD AT HOME
At the reception in the home of the bride's father, the three-tiered cake
was topped by miniature bride and bridegroom figures. Hand-molded orchids,
roses and lilies also dominated the cake. White roses were used in the
center of the bride's table. Pink and white snapdragons filled vases throughout
Members of the house party were Mmes. Alfred Hopper, Jr., Charles Barbosa III, Philip Naab, George Hancock, Dorothy May, Herman Lay, Misses Gladys Hurt, Jane Lloyd, Janice Ross, Carolyn Spencer, Joan Jakel, Dorothy Hall, Charlyn Schmalzried and Jean Dixon,
When the couple left for a trip to a resort hotel in McAllen, Texas, and Monterrey, Mexico, the bride wore a vintage purple suit with carved silver buttons. Her side swept hat of blue orchid was trimmed in mauve roses. Her accessories were black patent leather and her corsage was of violets and pink rosebuds.
The bride was graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and Southern Methodist University where she became a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Her husband was graduated from Adamson High School and served in the Merchant Marines three years.
Among the out-of-town guests were Mr.. and Mrs, Herman Lay of Atlanta, Ga; Messrs. and Mmes John Curtis and Theodore McCourtney, Memphis, TN; Mr. and Mrs. George Calhoun, Columbus, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Burris and James Dooley, Canton Ohio; Harvey Noss, Cleveland, Ohio; Fred Mayer, Madison, Wis.; Al Villesse, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Vic Ambler, Paris, TX.; Mrs. Dorothy May, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Russet Cravats, Houston; Messrs. and Mmes. Q. Dyess and Roy Shannon, Bryan; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Edwards, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Wood, Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs.E. R. Edwards, Tahoka; Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Wood and Mr. and Mrs. George Marquardt Austin, and Miss B. Edwards, Brownfield.
Children of Lournelia Morton and Van Ellis are; Monica Lanel I Ellis, b. Jan. 31, 1950, St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, Texas, Meredith Lou Ellis, b. Aug, 29, 1951, St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, Texas, O. C. Morton Ellis, b. Dec. 6, 1952, St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, Texas, Calvin Campbell Ellis, b. Sept. 20, 1955, St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, Texas.
LAWRENCE PATTERSON MORTON, Sr.
Lawrence Patterson Morton, Sr. was born Oct. 10, 1906; and died May 24, 1961, Dallas, Texas from cancer of the pancreas. He married Mary Geraldine Baker Jan.23,1931. She was born June 14, 1915.
Children of Lawrence Morton and Mary Baker are:
Lawrence Patterson Morton, Jr.,
b. Oct. 25, 1931, Dallas, Texas. He married Lois Eavenson June16, 1956.
She was born Ort.08,1932 in Wheeler, Texas.
Children of Lawrence Morton and Lois Eavenson are: David Lawrence Morton, b. April 20, 1958, Dallas, Texas, Lisa Ann Morton,b.March 14, 1960. Chris Edward Morton, b. Nov. 18, 1964, Dallas, Texas.
Marvin William Morton b. Feb. 4,
1933, He married Joanne Davidson, she was born July 16, 1935.
Gerald Cecil Morton, b. Jan. 4, 1936
Granville Joseph Morton b. Nov. 14, 1941.
Patricia Ann Morton, b. March 26, 1944; d. Unknown; , m. Paul Winford Florian, Unknown; b. Jan. 3, 1944.
Mary Catherine Morton, b. July 14, 1946,
Martha Jean Morton, b. Jan.25.1949, m. Paul Winford Florian, Unknown; b. Jan. 3, 1944.
OBIT: FUNERAL SET THURSDAY FOR
GERALD DEE MORTON\
Newspaper Jan. 12,1965
- Funeral services for Gerald Dee Morton, 64, of 1425 Daisy Lane, vice-president
of Morton Foods Co., will behold at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist
Church here. Burial will be in Restland Memorial Park.
Mr. Morton, a native of Tioga, Grayson County, and an Irving resident for 34 years, died here Tuesday.
He had lived in Gainesville before coming to Irving in 1930 to operate a diary. In 1942, he joined Morton Foods, which is headed by his brother, G. C. Morton, and in 1946 he became vice-president in charge of transportation.
He was member of the Hella Temple Shrine and was a past patron of the Irving Order of Eastern Star. He was also past district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, past district deputy grand master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons, past high priest of the Irving chapter of the Royal Arch Masons and held offices and posts in other Scottish Rite bodies.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Irving.
Survivors, all of Dallas, include his wife, one son, Gerald Morton; three daughters, Mrs. Peggy Haymes, Mrs. Janice Thornhill and Miss Geraldine Morton; one brother, G. C. Morton; one sister, Mrs. Bobby Arledge, and six grandchildren.
Children of Gerald Morton and Dorothy Gandillion are:
DOROTHY JANICE MORTON, Obituary
from the DALLAS MORNING NEWS April 14, 1997
Dorothy Janice (Morton)- Loving Mother, Grandmother and Friend. Longtime
member of Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Past Matron, Irving, Chapter No.
777, Order of Eastern Star, Past, Qutxn-Sahman Temple No. 90, Daughters
of the Nile.
Survived by: Son, Mike Thornhill and wife Fran of Irving; Daughters: Cherl Wimbish Ivey and Husband Ed of Irving; Uxi Thornhill of Van Nuys, California; Dema Date Campbell of Oklahoma City; Brother Gerald A. "Butch" Morton and wife Kathy of The Woodlands; Slam: Peggy Haymes and Husband Bob of Colbert, Oklahoma; Geraldine and Husband Bill Armstrong of Farmers Branch; Grandchildren: Tiffany Lynn Wimbish, Samuel Cory Ivey, Kendra Leigh Ivey, Taylor, Parker, Lanelle, and Nicole Thornhill.
Janice died as a result of Heart Bypass Surgery. She had a previous heart attack. Memorials: Scottish Rite Hospital or Charity of Choice. Service: 2:30 P.M. Sunday April 13, 1997, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Rev. Ken Branum officiating. Brown's Memorial Funeral Home, 707 MacArthur Blvd. Irving, Texas."
TILLMAN BARGE ARLEDGE obituary
from The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, July 7,1991
Tillman B., born in Rockdale, Texas, February 27, 1907, and died July 5, 1991 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 84. Mr. Arledge is survived by his wife of 60 years E.B.(Bobbye) Arledge, son and daughter-in-law, Morton & Mary Arledge, niece, Ray Fertitta; sister, Ora Mae Stengler, Houston; brother, Dean Koogle, Sacramento, California; grandchildren, Karen Goodson, Sharon Golden, Nanette Farmer, Jim Arledga, seven great-grandchildren; numerous other nieces & nephews. He was a 62 year resident of Dallas and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Retired from Morton Foods and former owner of Northcutt's Ladies Specialty Shops. Charter member and past Master of Hillcrest Lodge No. 1318 with over 50 years of service, 32nd Degree Mason, Member of Scottish Rite and Member of Park Cities Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at Restland Funeral Home from 2-4:00 P.M. Sunday, July 7, 1991. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 8, 1991 at Restland Memorial Chapel with Rev. Bob Feather officiating. Interment Restland Memorial Park.
The following is a poem written by his grandchildren in his memory and an anonymous epitaph, Karen read the poem and Sharon the epitaph at his service. RED STARS IN THE SUNSET his favorite song and OVER THE RAINBOW were sung,
Grandaddy, we wish to contribute
In some small way this final tribute.
Telling stories of your youthful ewApades;
Of hopping trains and circus days
Then reminiscing how Grandmom became your wife,
You both shared such a zeal for life!
Sneaky games played -- You Ole' stinker!
Catching us out in your water sprinkler.
Little things that would make you smile,
It's just like you, to go the extra mile.
Dedication to the Masonic Lodge;
Demonstrated Faith, Love and Reverence for God.
This inspiration passed below;
When a couple later joined Rainbow.
Through our children you continued your playful ways,
They were the laughter in your eyes many a day
Out back playing putt-putt with you the caddie,
A special bond developed for their Big Daddy.
Numerous seeds you so gently planted;
What beautiful blossoms often taken for granted.
Friendly, Thoughtful, Generous and Sincere,
These are qualities we hold so dear.
Sitting, wondering, gazing beyond;
Rocking, smiling, starring at his pond.
We the simple things in life he adored;
We wonder, if most of his peers would have been Bored?
We have grown up now with you in our hearts,
For future days you will never part.
Grandaddy, we wish to contribute in some small way this final tribute.
Telling stories of your youthful escapades;
Of hopping trains and circus day's
Then reminiscing how Grandmom became your wife,
You both shared such a zeal for life!
Sneaky games played - You Old stinker!
Catching us oil in your water sprinkler.
Little things that would make you smile,
It's just like you, to go the extra mile,
Dedication to the Masonic Lodge;
Demonstrated Faith, Love and Reverence for GOD
This inspiration passed below;
When a couple later joined Rainbow.
Through our children you continued your playful ways,
They were the laughter in your eyes many a day.
Out back playing putt-putt with you the caddie;
A special bond developed for their Big Daddy.
Numerous seeds you so garitly planted;
What beautiful blossoms often taken for granted
Friendly, Thoughtful, Generous and Sincere,
These are qualities we hold so dear.
Sitting wondering, gazing beyond;
Rocking, smiling, starting at his pond.
It's the simple things in life he adored;
We wonder, if most of his peers would have been Bored?
We have grown up now with you in out hearts,
For future days you will never part.
Remember Friends--As you pass by,
As you are now--So once was I. As I am now--You will be, So prepare in
Life--to follow me.
Excerpts From THE CALLAGRAM
of Park Cities Baptist Church.
T. B. was born in Rockdale, Texas
on Feb. 27, 1907. He graduated from high school in McAlister, Oklahoma.
He as married to his wife, Bobbye, who survives him, on Feb. 28,1931. They
have a son, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His career
job was with Morton Foods in Dallas, where he was plant superintendent,
retiring in 1963. After retirement, he operated a restaurant in Snider
Plaza for a few years.
He joined the Berean Class in 1948 and in earlier years, when his health was better, T.B. was a very active member. He starred in the famed Paul Ussery Minstrels and was a fierce competitor in attendance contests. "The Bereans are the greatest fellowship you can get", T.B. recently stated I just wish I could come more often."This old timer will be missed.
Child of Emily Morton and Tillman
Morton Henry Arledge, b. Apr. 11. 1932.
MRS. MATTIE BRADLEY Obituary
Mrs Mattie Bradley, 78, resident
of Wichita Falls some nine years, died in a hospital here Wednesday morn
ing, Mrs.Bradley was a native of Tioga, Tx., where she and her late husband
lived for some 50 years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday
from Pilot Point, TX. She was a sister of M. P. Morton of Wichita Falls.
She is survived also by G. R. Morton of Grandfield, Okla., and J. M. Morton
of Glenwood, Calif.
"She was daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Morton. Her father was a Christian minister more than 43 years in churches in Texas."
Notes for William Merere Morton: From John David Measley, II and wife, Pat:
the rolling hills shrouded with jack pines in Young County, Texas, and
scaled in Graham, Texas. An avid out doors man, he loved the territory
for its plentiful trees, deer, quail and dove as well as being one of the
best fishing spots in Texas. Bill bought 1000 acres of prime wilderness
and early taught his two sons to hunt."
"Bill owned the grocery store in Graham where men could sit around the old pot-bellied stove and share stories that ranged from. the banker knowing where the biggest catfish could be found to the old cowboy cussing the thickets that made it hard to round up the herd."
"The store was more a necessary store rather than what we consider a grocery store of by today's standards and when the sun went down, they rolled up the sidewalk, especially since electricity was still little used. He offered a variety of food staples that included Natural Oats, Beira Sodadles (saltine crackers), Square Meal Corn Meal, Blue Bell Currants, Rock Salt, fresh eggs and if you had a taste for a pickle, you could hand-pick it from a barrel. A man could kick back and be comfortable."
"An educated man, Bill graduated from Ordon University now TSC of Fort Worth TX. While he did not receive the calling to preach, atone time he delivered a sermon at the First Christian Church in Graham. A God-fearing man, through the years and hard times Bill opened and closed his grocery store as many as 3 times. However, the true-love of his life was hunting and fishing, still, the store provided his family a good living a trade he passed on to his sons."
"Bill and "Noodles", a nick name affectionately given to Ora, lost their only daughter Frances when she was just a teenager. She had just graduated from high school and was visiting her Uncle Griff in Okla. when she was killed in an automobile wreck."
"Bill died from leukemia within 4 days of the birth of his first grandchild, James Morton. He told his son, J.M., "I don't think I'm going to live long enough to see my first grandchild. It appears that the anticipation of his grandson might have been the motivating factor that kept him going those last weeks."
Children of William Morton and Ora Mabry are:
MORTONS TO CELEBRATE 65 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
"Jim and Grace Morton will celebrate
their 65th wedding anniversary on Easter Sunday, April 12. "The Mortons
were married in Ardmore, Okla., on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1933. Mr. Morton
was born and raised in Graham. Mrs. Morton was born in Illinois and moved
to Graham when she was 9 years old."
Their two children are:
Dr. James William Morton, b. Nov. 9, 1939 and has three children, Gracie, Christy and Mike and a grandson Jerod. Dr. Morton lives in Canyon and practices in Amarillo.
Marcia Jane Morton, b. March 10, 1945. Jane married a Mattox and has three children, Jenniver, Jill and Craig and a grandson, Tyler Mattox. She is over the blood department in the Methodist hospital in Lubbock.
John David Measley and wife Pat
"The Chandler family had prominent high cheekbones seen in the pictures of great-grandfather, Jacob Chandler family and were tall and lean in stature. These characteristics were predisposed to be very strong genetically and bringing men over six foot tall into the family."
"Alla was about 5'5: tall with a heart shaped face, dark hair and high cheekbones. She married James Meacham Morton when she was 15 years old and is detailed in the Morton Family stories."
"We find the criss-crossing patterns of Alla Chandler's family similar to the Mortons as they traveled West. The Chandler family is of particular interest as they give additional insight to the hardships faced living amongst the Indians, an account of divided loyalties within a family during the Civil War and early Texas history."
Children of James Morton and Alla Chandler are:
John M. Morton was born in 1908 and died in 1916. Cause of Death: Ear Infection
VIVIAN UNDEEN MORTON obit.
Measley, 81, of Wichita Falls, died Friday in Florence, Ala. Services will
be at 3 p.m. Monday at Hampton-Vaughan Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark
lions, pastor of Park Place Christian Church, officiating. Burial will
be in the Riverside Cemetery.
"She was born July 8, 1909, in McKinney, Texas. She was a life-time resident of Wichita Falls and was a retired licensed vocational nurse and real estate agent. She was a member of Park Place Christian Church and a member of Faith Chapter, Order of Eastern Star No. 713. She worked for Sears for many years. Her husband John David Measley Sr., died Oct. 28, 1980.
"Survivors include a daughter, Undeen D. Tate of Florence, a son, John David Jr. of Wichita Falls; a sister, Emma "Dot" Baker of Wichita Falls; two brothers, James Morton of Lynwood, Calif., and Stanford Morton of Long Beach, Calif., eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren."
Notes for John David Measley, Sr:
"He was born Aug, 24,1905, in Woodsfield, Ohio. He lived in Wichita Falls for 64 years. He was a former refinery pumper and worked for A. L. Inman for 25 years. He was a member of Park Place Christian Church, a quarter century"member of Faith Lodge 1158 A.F. & A. M. and a member of Maskat Shrine Temple. "
"Survivors include his wife, Vivian Undeen, a daughter, Mrs. Undeen Tate of Florence, AL.; A son, John Measley, Jr. of Wichita Falls; a brother, George of Borger, Texas, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jerry Inman, Roy Collins, Jerry Riley and Bob Talley."
Children of Vivian Morton and John Measley are:
1st Born Measley, b. May 5, 1929
John David Measley II, b. May 27, 1933
Undeen Darlene Measley, b. Jan. 13, 1946, Wichita Falls, TX.
Robert Stanford Morton was born in 1912, Wichita Falls, TX married a lady named Evelyn ?. In 1930 & 1935 he was a Clerk at Harlon Service Station and in 1931, he was living at 511 Lamar, Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1938, he was a meat cutter at Palace meat market, 702 Van Buren.
Charles Morton was born in 1914 and died in 1915 from pneumonia.
Emma Francis Morton was born in March 1916 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
James A. Morton was born 1932.