Hurrah for Morgan Mill!
The date is Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, the date of the ground breaking for the Morgan Mill Community Center. It had rained for days, it was cold, but that could not put a damper on the nearly 75 people who assembled in front of the volunteer fire department to see the ground breaking. At 10 a.m. the Morgan Mill School Band appears marching down the street from the school playing Yankee Doodle. As they take their places in the fire department, the kids know that they are a part of something big that is happening in the community today.
Roscoe Davis, the master of ceremonies, gives his welcome to the folks of Morgan Mill. About that time, the sun peeks out and the temperature started to rise. I remember Verbie Burns saying that God was watching Morgan Mill and approves. The band played patriotic songs and the 4-H group led the pledge.
The Morgan Mill Choir sang America and America the Beautiful. The Ladies Lunch Bunch with decorated shovels was ready to dig dirt.
The “past, present, and future” speeches were delivered by our three Morgan Mill preachers. Tim Mason, preacher from Morgan Mill Church of Christ, spoke of the history of Morgan Mill and how a man named Morgan started our town. Brother Joe Rogers, Morgan Mill Baptist minister, spoke of our present blessings. He reminded us of the many things in Morgan Mill that we are thankful for and our gifts from God. Reverend Ann Hitt from Morgan Mill Methodist led us in a prayer of joy for the future happenings that will take place in our center.
Everyone then dismissed to the old center to hear Anna Watson and Bernice Larner play the piano and to eat cookies. Judy Rasberry’s quilt was on display and Morgan Mill artists displayed their works. The fire trucks were moved out and the kids participated in a cake decorating contest. Truly, this was a day to remember. The Community Center was on its way. Reprinted from February 6, 2005, edition of the Empire-Tribune.
I enjoy reading the story of our Community Center from time to time. It is hard to believe that it is now 2018 and we are going strong. Bills are paid and families are enjoying their reunions, birthdays, and anniversaries.
There are fundraisers for the fire department and community suppers on Thursday. The guys discuss daily happenings at coffee six days a week and breakfast once a month. There is an exercise group that is always looking for new participants. The 4-H kids have their meetings and there will be a Valentine Party for Morgan Mill 7th and 8th graders. We are truly blessed in Morgan Mill.