Judge  Morrison

Judge H. C. Morrison,
90 Years Old Today
(from the 1948 newspaper article)

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday April 26, 1948
Page 1 column 6
          Judge Harry Clifford Morrison, believed to be the oldest living native of Shelby county, is marking his 90th birthday at his home at 730 South Harrison Street today. Because of his impaired health no special celebration was planned for the occasion but many friends of long standing called to extend greetings to him Sunday afternoon.
          Mr. Morrison was born on East Franklin Street on April 26, 1858, and with the exception of two years in San Francisco, California, always has resided in this city. In addition to serving as judge of the Shelby circuit court for six years he has held offices in many local organizations, and was president of Shelbyville’s first Chamber of Commerce. He also was first president of the Shelby County Tuberculosis Association.
          Judge Morrison’s parents were George C. and Ann (Doble) Morrison and his wife was Laura Ray. The couple became the parents of 13 children and 11 are living. With the exception of Mrs. R.E. Ackley of Evanston, Illinois, and Mrs. Fred Otte of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the children visited with him Sunday. The others are Mrs. J.H. Banawitz, Mrs. Anne Flaitz, Mrs. George Torrance, Mrs. James Clark, Mrs. Oscar Fisher and Robert Morrison, who reside in and near Shelbyville; Miss Josephine Morrison who maintains the home here; Mrs. O.M. Otte of Tarentum, Pennsylvania and Mrs. Arch Elijah of Morocco.
          Judge Morrison has been a member of the Shelby County Bar Association for more than 65 years and of Shelby Lodge No. 28, F.& A.M., for more than 63 years. He served as past master of the lodge and also as eminent commander of Baldwin Commandery No. 2 and is believed to be the oldest past master and commander in the nation. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and became a member of the local Elks lodge when 78 years of age.
          With Mrs. Morrison he was a member of the Wi-Hub Circle for many years and has served as president of the old First National Bank and the Union Building Association and also of the Forest Hill Cemetery Association.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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