Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

It is time to eat Turkey in Morgan Mill. The annual turkey dinner will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, at Senior Citizens. President Gary Key will bring the turkey. You are asked to bring the side dishes. Come and enjoy being with your neighbors and remember the season.

On Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the kids in Morgan Mill will be dishing up their traditional turkey dinner with all the “fixings.” There will be “old-fashioned” cornbread dressing and plenty of turkey. Shirley Couch makes her special buttermilk pie and a wonderful pecan pie is made by Mary Quarles. The teachers make their favorite cakes and there is always pumpkin pie. The kids will be moving furniture, cleaning the floors, and decorating the halls. The dining room will be the gym this year. Last year, the lunch room was crowded so it was decided to make additional serving lines and use the largest room in the building. This week, the eighth graders will be in charge of de-boning the turkey, making sure everyone is invited, getting the cars parked, and greeting their guests. This is truly one of the events in the life of Morgan Mill eight graders that they will not forget. Do not miss the Native American Brave decorating contest. It is always amazing how creative the kids can be. They will use everything from macaroni to mom’s jewelry to finish their images.

Last year, over 600 folks went through the line. This year Fort Hood is bringing over 75 troops. These are some of the men and women who will not be going home for Thanksgiving. At this event, it is not unusual to see Stephenville High School kids returning to take an extra long lunch break. Superintendent Dean Edwards is always proud of the students of Morgan Mill and says that this is just one way that they can give back to the community. Leave your money at home. There are a number of businesses and individuals that underwrite the cost of this Morgan Mill tradition.

We are not finished with turkey. Next Sunday, November 23, is the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Morgan Mill Baptist Church. Meat will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share. Brother Joe Rogers is inviting everyone to come at 6 p.m. to this community-wide dinner.

Last week, Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd and the Stephenville ISD honored the late Lem Brock by dedicating the track and football field on the Henderson Junior High campus as Lem Brock Field. At last Saturday’s breakfast, Dr. Floyd was happy to meet Morgan Millites David and Edythe Brock. David remembered his great “Uncle Lem” as a very generous guy who would give you the shirt off his back. Uncle Lem and Verna moved to Stephenville in 1960 as a cattle rancher and entrepreneur. They also gave land to the Church of Christ. David and Edye call Morgan Mill home on the weekends. They are the ones who donated the Morgan Mill community center its rock sign. Thanks to a generous Brock family.

Looking ahead, keep Saturday, Dec. 20, open for the Morgan Mill Community Nativity Scene. Janette Halliday is looking for nativity scene characters and plans are being made to make this the biggest outdoor nativity event ever. There is always a place for you to participate in this community endeavor.