Hurrah for Morgan Mill!
This is the big Saturday in Morgan Mill. Starting with Breakfast in the Mill, this once-a-month tradition pays for the bills of the Community Center. We have been fortunate in Morgan Mill to have a Community Center that pays for itself. Come and enjoy all-you-can eat eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, and pancakes around the table with your neighbors.
At noon, under the Tabernacle, is the annual Morgan Mill Cemetery Reunion. One of the most enduring and long-standing traditions has been the annual cemetery work day. Folks would bring their hoes and rakes and clean the weeds from around their family’s graves. Many came from out of town, had lunch under the tabernacle and visited with their Morgan Mill family. The trustees of the Morgan Mill Cemetery Association are President Gene Williams, Brenda Osinga, Carroll Elston, Gary Spindor and Gary Key. The new Texas Historical Marker will be dedicated at 11:30. Be sure ad come for this special event. A business meeting will be conducted at noon followed by barbecue brisket provided by the Association. You will need to bring the “fixings” to go with the meat.
Copies of “At Rest in Erath County, Texas Morgan Mill Cemetery” will be available Saturday for sale for $25. Cindy Shipman, teacher in Huckabay, and her students worked hard in documenting each known gravesite. In addition to a map of the entire cemetery, the book contains the death certificates and obituaries of all the graves. According to Gene Williams in his book, Hurrah for Morgan Mill, Amanda Counts, wife of Joel H. Counts, was the first person buried on land that eventually became the Morgan Mill Cemetery. He goes on to describe the inscription on her monument as dated Jan. 11, 1853-Mar. 6, 1880. Gene also relates that, according to local legend, a young girl died in Morgan Mill while her family was traveling west and she was buried near the road, across from the school house, in the late 1870s. Ray Earp recalled that his father, Harve Earp, used to show him where the grave was located. Unfortunately, no marker was ever placed to identify the gravesite.
As you are visiting the cemetery, you will notice the flags placed on the graves of our service men and women. It has become a tradition, also, for our seventh and eighth graders from Morgan Mill to put the flags out. Thanks to Joanne Ball for keeping that tradition in helping the school kids. The kids are scheduled to put the flags out tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ?