Monday, September 19, 2011

Can Your Cornfield Rest Secure?

Originally, I was going to post this in the Victorian Hoarders blog because I thought it was just another piece of ephemera among the hundreds of other pieces I have so far.  But, I noticed on the back page of the brochure that the picture was from the Moran Farm so it was more than just ephemera.  It was a piece of history about the Moran property itself.  

The Moran's have been merchants, bankers, legislators and farmers.  This entry is dedicated to the farm.  Sometime about 1910 they needed a silo and they wanted the best.  Apparently the concrete silo's developed by the Polk-Genung-Polk Co. of Fort Branch, Indiana were among the best.  

Here is a four page brochure from the McAdoo Construction Co., Builders, of Union City, Tennessee advocating the Polk System of Silo's.  McAdoo touts them as "Lasting forever" and perhaps they do as evidenced by the last picture on this page.  They might last forever but are they usable forever?

Be sure and scroll down to see the picture of Uncle Brud Moran and the silo taken shortly after it was built around 1910 then see the picture of it as it stands today.  I think it looks like the remains of a magnificent castle overgrown with trees and weeds sitting on the back acreage the family home.

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Page 4, that silo is the one built on the Moran Farm.

That's Uncle Brud, Charles Harrell Moran, at the base of the new silo.

This is the silo as it stands now.  

Governor Head's List of Notables at Scott Funeral, 1940, Temple TX

Arthur Carroll Scott Sr. was a renowned surgeon, cancer pioneer and specialist.  His mother was Martha Helen (not Helm as you will sometimes see in Census records) Moran, and his father was Rufus Scott.  Martha was the daughter of James Henderson Moran and Harriet Harris.  She was the sister of John Williamson Moran,   Rufus Scott and Mary Helen Moran were married in Dresden Tn in November 1856 and left sometime after 1859 headed to Gainesville, Texas.  Arthur was the middle son and the one who rose to greatest prominence in the Scott family.

The Scott Family, taken about 1883.  Census records have muddled
Martha's name and you will see her listed as Martha Helm Moran in a lot
of family trees.  That is incorrect, she is Martha Helen Moran.
The following obituaries were found among the papers of Virginia Shumate Moran.




The Scott Family marker. 
Headstone for Arthur Carroll Scott Sr.


Below is a picture of the home of Arthur Carroll Scott and his wife Maude Marcia Sherwood in Temple Texas.  I don't know anything about old cars but you can see an old automobile on the righthand side of the picture which should help date it.  The bottom picture is how the house looks today.  It's now used as commercial property.



Invitation to the May Ball 1890, Dresden TN


This invitation was most likely for Fannie Moran.  Several of her Scott and Irvine cousins are listed among the committee members and floor managers.  The proofreader in me can't help but notice that the word committee is spelled "comnittee" for the committee on reception.