Monday, April 7, 2014

Bessie Morgan Rex. Letter to Harold June 15, 1938.

Young Maeser and Morgan Rex at Bear River Ranch

Randolph, Utah
June 15, 1938.

My dear boy,

It is 6:30 a.m. I don’t write to you in the morning very often, but I must get your last airmail letter answered, and we went to the show last night. Two boys have been gone to the field for an hour to milk, so I must hurry and get this written and have their breakfast ready for them. They are going to the canyon for some dry wood for us. Aren’t they fine? Best boys ever.

I was a little excited when I got your letter. Your first leg toward home. They laugh at me and tell me to not start standing on one foot yet, especially when I said it might be near Xmas before you got here.

About Europe. Now my dear, we can get your money. It would be an opportunity you wont get again, but say, stick to your decision. If you go it will mean you will have to work harder to get to school. Will $140.00 give you much for a trip. Do the most worthwhile thing. If you can see that school is going to mean so much more, then think well before taking the trip.

Additional pages are missing.

How Grandma Bessie (Bessie Morgan Rex) cherished her sons!  Aren't they fine? Best boys ever.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Leon Morgan (1897-2002) - son of Leonidas Morgan.

Leon Morgan lived 104 years and resided in the James King Home in Evanston, Illinois at the time of his passing on September 29, 2002.  

John Morgan’s brother, Leonadis (Lon) (Leon) Morgan was fifty years old when his son Leon was born on November 18, 1897 in New Jersey.  Leon was the second child born to Leonadis and Mary Rice Morgan following their November 27, 1895 marriage.  Daughter Sarah was born first on October 5, 1896.

In the 1940 Chicago, Illinois census Leon was head of his Chicago household which included his sister Sarah and widowed mother Mary (75). Leon (42) was in advertising and Sarah (43) was a steno/secr'y in manufacturing. I was moved by the fact that this family group (each member single) was together.

Two weeks ago Mary Robak of Chicago, Illinois came across my blog post here as she was searching for some background on Leon Morgan, born 1897. She gave me permission to post the note she later sent me.

"Mr. Morgan resided in Chicago for most of his life, having moved there in 1910. he lived in Evanston, IL towards the end of his life, in the King Home, a part of the Presbyterian Homes. I work there, and had known him during those years, becoming the person he was closest to in the last decade of his life. He had come close to marrying early in life, but never discussed that much. He died at age 104 in 2002.

"I have put together a bit of info about him to share with residents who are currently residing there on this Thurs 3/19. I had not really delved into his distant past until today. I know of his sister, tho he spoke of her little, he spoke just slightly more of his mother. He did not speak of his father, tho as he had passed about 60 yrs before our meeting, that did not surprise me. Only now I wish I had paid closer attention. At that point in time no one thought he had any relatives, as none had any contact with him.

"Leon Morgan was a leader in aviation in Chicago, until the stock market crash of 1929 destroyed his businesses. In 1930-31 he became involved in writing children's books, the Cowboy series of the Little Big books, the foundation of Whittman publishing that became Golden Books. Sometimes on ebay you find those too. He wrote for the Century of Progress in 1933. In 1936 he entered advertising, but we did not talk about that nearly as much as his air days and his writing days.

"He traveled the world widely, collected art and books, and had an interest in ballet and Mayan culture."

In his 90's he wrote an extremely interesting autobiography, When Flying was Young. It is mentioned in his obituary linked above. I scanned the book's front and back covers. There is such a fascinating parallel running between the lives of Leon Morgan and John Morgan Rex (1920-1942). They each loved airplanes and flying from their youth. 

This picture of Leon Morgan with two models is courtesy of Chicago History Museum Research Center.

Thank you Mary Robak for your kindness and generosity and for acquainting us with your friend Leon Morgan.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gail Hamilton Miers of Greensburg, Indiana

This is John Hamilton Morgan's cousin Gail Hamilton Miers.

b. April, 1866, Greensburg, Decatur, Indiana
p. Mary Susan Logan and Garrard Morgan Hamilton
m. Morgan Miers
d. October 20, 1914

When John Hamilton Morgan began his missionary journal in 1876 he wrote from Normal, Illinois on January 4, 1876:

… I enter here my genealogy:

My grandfather and father were named Garrard Morgan. My grandmother Morgan’s maiden name was Sarah Sanderson. On my mother’s side my great grandfather was named John Hamilton; his wife, Elizabeth. Grandfather was James Hamilton, his wife, Margaret Hamilton. My mother’s name is Eliza Ann Hamilton. Gerrard Morgan, Jr. had a sister, Mary Morgan who married Marshall Hamilton, himself father of Woodson Hamilton.

Descendant Amy at The Ancestor Files once suggested that paragraph may account for why John Morgan's son Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan did not include his family history in the volume he wrote about his father.

In addition to the marriage of Mary Morgan to Marshall Hamilton mentioned above, James and Margaret Hamilton named their youngest son after their oldest daughter's husband, son-in-law Garrard Morgan; thus their youngest son was Garrard Morgan Hamilton.

No wonder Aunt Winnifred Rex Andrus once said, "I don't know how we'll ever straighten the Morgans and Hamiltons out."  To add to this fun Cousin Gail Hamilton, above, married a man whose first name was Morgan--Morgan Miers. 

From John Hamilton Morgan Travels and Journal:
October 27, 1882 - Started early this a.m. and drove to town and at 10 a.m. took train for Indianapolis where I visited cousin Robbins and uncle Morgan Hamilton. Attended the Grand Opera with cousin Gail Hamilton and saw the Hanlons play. Stayed all nigh at uncle Hamiltons.

November 1, 1883 - Left Cin. [Cincinnati] For Greensburg at 8:17 a.m. arriving at 10:40 a.m. and was met at the depot by cousin Gail Hamilton. Went up to uncle Morgan H. and spent the day.

Thank you to cousin Karen M. for sharing this wonderful picture of Gail. I suggest she is the Gail that John and Mellie Morgan named their daughter Gail (born 1888) after.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Snowbound Days!

From my front porch Winter 2013-14.

Check out the Ancestor Files this morning.

Amy will show you the profitable way she used her snowbound days this winter--after she finished shoveling.



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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bessie Morgan Rex. Letter to Harold June 7, 1938.

Percy Harold Rex's cattle 1920.

Randolph, Utah
June 7, ‘38

My dear boy,

Here I am neglecting you. Dear, last week just vanished before my eyes. However, we received your airmail letter. I waited until Wed. to talk things over with your father. Then everything piled in so thick and fast, I couldn’t keep up. So, Pres. Howell has put it into your head to go to Europe. I think he does that to every missionary. Well, it is out of the question to borrow money, but daddy thinks he can sell a couple of cows, and we will send it the first part of August. It will be a grand trip for you certainly.

My I should have hurried this off shouldn’t I.  I forget about the time it takes. Well figure on going, and I’ll write you more next week. I get to see your father once a week—Sundays. And then he is so busy, it is hard to get a word in.

Summer is coming along fine Gardens are up—mosquitoes are up—Ah yes everything.  Yesterday the boys and Flora and I went up the canyon for shrubs. It is beautiful up there.

Winnies taking her state exams today and tomorrow. I do hope she

doesn’t get too excited. She made a grand little graduate.

Saw young Jack when I was down.  I am surprised at him. It seems to me he is wasting so much good time, just fooling around. Jr. Morgan is to be married this month, and has hardly a job. I am surprised there too. 
Saw a sweet little girl from Evanston Sunday. She was with a good looking fellow. I didn’t know him.

This was to be just a note. Have been up since 4:30 watering the garden. Don’t worry. I shall lie down during the day. The boys are out milking.

I haven’t had time to even read something good this last week. I do feel life wasted when I can’t find some good thot in a week. Flora danced last Sat. night, and I made her costume. My it was work.  She goes to Kemmerer Sat. and later to Evanston. They are good at it. Well dearie I must close. Such an uninspiring letter. I shall try to do better. Must get this off. Dear I wont see you until Xmas now. Well, I guess I can stand it. All send their best love, and prayers for your continued success.

Lovingly, Mother.

Note: Bessie Morgan Rex's youngest daughter Flora danced with other Randolph children in Evanston, Wyoming in 1938. Twelve years later Bessie's oldest daughter Helen returned from California and lived in Woodruff, Utah. She joined other Rich County mothers and took her daughter Bessie to dance lessons in Randolph and Evanston. The Rich County children pictured here are cousins.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bessie Morgan Rex. Letter to Harold, May 10, 1938.

Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier 1938

Randolph, Utah

May 10, 1938
My dear boy,

I waited until after the mail was in to write this letter, hoping of course not expecting, just hoping there might be a letter. Not being selfish tho’ you know, for you see I received a letter Sat. for Mother’s Day. That was lovely & I did enjoy it, but we usually get one on Monday. Well, we didn’t this Mon. so I’ll just have to tell you some news & gossip.

Saturday we received a grand picture of Winnie. A double—one in her uniform and one in her dress. They are lovely. Then yesterday comes one from Helen & Glenn. It is the cutest picture. They both look so fine, and Helen looks five years younger. Of course I am thrilled. I finally have them arranged on the piano, with yours in the middle, but it has taken me all day.

Roy was to be here today. He was released to go to his mother in the hospital, but they said he was coming home. Dottie is still very ill. Not a very happy homecoming for him.

Well, our old cold storm is finally
Harold Morgan Rex 1936-38

clearing off and things are warming up. I’m afraid you will find this a rather bare place when you come back.

Father is down to the B. Q. They are turning the earth over down there. Four tractors plowing. I rather think your father is in his glory.

Winnie graduates this month. I am glad, for her. It has been a long grind I think, but she is a brick.

Oh I wish something exciting would happen, so I would have something to tell you. Life is rather dull right now. Unless this is news. Jim Jackson married Jean Nebeker. Some combination.

School is out in two more weeks.

Morgan graduates from seminary this Sunday. He is a good boy but rather quiet. Not like his older brother, is he.

Here it is the next morning and I haven’t got any body else to send a line with this. I needn’t have written on both sides, but  if the others write it is better. A beautiful morning outside. I hope it keeps it up. Well, my dear I’ll sign off, praying that the Lord will ever help you in your work.

Of course we all send our love, and an extra lot from Mother.

Winnifred Rex Andrus 1938

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bessie Morgan Rex letter to Harold. March 20, 1938.

Randolph, Utah
March 20, 1938

My dear boy,

Sunday afternoon. Conference is over, but I didn’t go. Have been a little under the weather, but Dr. Pyoth will take care of me just fine.

Well, it was Sunday & I thot I would hurry & write right then, but my good intentions fell thro. Guess I am lazy. Am feeling very much better now.

I had so many things I wanted to tell you but I expect your father told you some of them. Have felt so badly since Sun. to think I was not able to have Burdett’s & Fraziers up for dinner. They are always so nice to me. Sis. Burdett came up to see me between meetings and Clara and Glenn came up after meeting. I asked Clara if she heard from you, and she looked rather wistful as she said “Not very often.” Shame on you. Such a lovely girl too. And say, does Glenn treat his sister about right. He is a fine fellow. His mission has improved him. You know he is grown up.  
John Morgan, Percy Harold, Maeser Morgan Rex

They say he spoke fine in conference as did Phil Spencer. Now don’t be so stingy with your letters to Clara.

We haven’t had a letter for two weeks now. Whatever is the delay?  We received an invitation to the Brazilian mission reunion next Sat., but I think we shall wait until you come home. We have Winnie graduating soon & I have been such an expense with capsules money is at a premium.

Daddy has gone to feed to be back in time to work at the court house. He makes 4$ a day there. The boys are doing the chores.

Such a dark & dreary day. But think winter is behind us. How glad I am.

Well, dearie, I must close.

Morgan’s father asked him if it didn’t give him a thrill to hear his big brother’s name read out in the Brazilian mission. We decided it gave Morg’s father a bigger one.

Love & kisses from all

Lovingly Mother