Saturday, May 12, 2012

Early Postcard Picture of Moran Place, circa 1900

I never get tired of seeing pictures of Moran Place.  This one is on a postcard and is titled "Residence Street Scene Dresden, Tenn."

Friday, May 11, 2012

Vanderbilt Training School, circa 1893

It was very important to John W. Moran that his children receive the best education money could buy.  His two sons, Charles Harrell Moran and James Henderson Moran, attended Vanderbilt Training School in Elkton Kentucky prior to their entrance to Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee.  Here we have a letter from Principal R.E. Crockett to their father detailing their work for the year.  It's obvious Harrell is the diligent son while Jim prefers good times.  Hence our nickname for Jim...Good Time Jimmy!  Both young men excelled in deportment.

Elkton KY July 10th 189_
Mr. J.W. Moran,

My Dear Sir:
Touching the reports of James and Harrell enclosed with this letter, I may say that Harrell has done faithful and good work during the year and would have made a far higher average had he not still been laboring under the disadvantage of incomplete work before he came into our hands.

Still, it is my opinion that he deserves commendation for the marks he has made.

In regard to James, I wish I could say as much.  But, to be candid, James does no more work than he is compelled to do.  I have taken a personal interest in him this year and urged him to try for a medal, for which I thought he stood a good chance.  But he disregarded my interest in him and my wishes in the matter.  This happened near the end of the session and caused me to change my opinion of him.  Judging from what has developed during the past few months of the session, it is my opinion that James needs a little more force applied to him than he has yet rec'd from me.

It seems to me that we have borne as patiently with him as possible and in my opinion the time has now arrived when he should be given positive handling.  It is also my opinion that, in case the young men return, James at least should change his boarding-house.  He should get a home nearer to me.  Boys who board at a distance have the advantage when they decide to throw their time away.  I am much disappointed in the way James has worked and the marks he has made.  And if you see fit to read him this letter, you have my full permission.

In regard to both the young men, I can truly say that they have borne themselves as gentlemen should during the entire year.  There is no complaint against their deportment.

Asking you to extend to your wife and family my kindliest remembrance of my pleasant stay at your home, I am

Yours truly,

R.E. Crockett

Quarterly Report of Harrel Moran
In English Very Good
In Latin Good
In Greek -
In Mathematics Good
In German -
In History and Geography -
In Composition -
In Deportment Excellent
R.E. Crockett, Principal
Remarks: Harrell has rapidly improved this year and is much more successful.  We count him one of our best and most promising students. R.E. Crockett

Quarterly Report of James Moran
In English Moderate
In Latin Good
In Greek -
In Mathematics Good
In German - 
In History and Geography -
In Composition -
In Deportment Excellent
R.E. Crockett Principal
Remarks:  James is doing much better work this session than heretofore. R.E.C.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Trenton Outing Club, 1922

Trenton Outing Club, Reelfoot Lake Tennessee
1922, photograph by Verne Sabin
James H. Moran III was about as outdoorsy as they come.  He enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, boating, and sports.  He won and/or placed in several shooting competitions bringing home several silver cups.

In addition, he and many others were members of the Dresden Gun Club

"How do you like the looks of this"  With Love, Nancy"
To Mr James H. Moran, Dresden Tenn
The Trenton Outing Club was one of several sportsmen's lodges in the Reelfoot Lake Area.  I would imagine that Nancy sent this to Jim as a possibility for them to all visit the lodge.  The postcard is from 1922 and the photograph was taken by Verne Sabin.  Verne and Nonie Sabin operated a photography studio in Union City Tennessee from 1910 to 1924 when they moved to Texas.  The Tennessee State Library and Archives is home to a large collection of photographs by the Sabins including the Trenton Outing Lodge.

Marion Moran and Friends, circa 1900

This wonderful picture was taken in the late 1890's or possibly very early 1900's.  Marion Moran is the girl in the center wearing the dark skirt.  There was no writing on the back so we have no idea if this was a ladies club or just some of her many friends posing together. Marion married Charles H. Cobb of Union City in 1905 and they had one child, Carolyn Elizabeth Cobb.  Tragically, Marion's life ended when she jumped from a bridge near Camden Tennessee in 1934.  We will never know why she jumped but whispers down the years said she was extremely unhappy with her home life.  

You are Invited to the Moran Family Reunion, July 1945

I ran across a stack of pictures dated July 1945 and annotated as Moran Reunion.  The reunion was held at Moran Place in Dresden Tennessee included Ezzell's, Dobson's, Godown's, and well, Moran's.  :)  So without further ado, welcome to the reunion of 1945.

Back row left to right:
Louise Moran, James H Moran III, Virginia Shumate Moran, James H Moran IV.

Front row left to right:
Dottie Moran, Nathan H Moran (Bub), Virginia Moran, Sandra Moran and James H Moran V.

This is Carolyn Cobb.  Her mother was Marion Moran and her father was Charles Cobb of Union City.  She's pictured here with her husband Joseph Linton Godown.  He was a professional photographer and they lived in Union City Tennessee.  They later moved to Memphis. She and Linton had four children.  The first was baby Godown and who died shortly after his birth in 1940.  The next child, John Linton Godown, was born in 1941 and died a few months later in 1941.  James Moran Godown was born in 1943 and died in 2001.  Their only daughter, Marion Sophia Godown, was born in 1946 and is still living in Memphis. It's very possible that Carolyn was a few weeks pregnant with her daughter when this picture was taken.

This is James Moran Godown with his wheelbarrow.

Here's an informal snapshot taken on the front steps.

This is Sophia Eleanor Ezzell with her husband Matthew Hughes Dobson.  That little one is James H. Moran the fifth, son of James H. Moran the IV and his wife Betty. The Dobson home was known as Harpeth Farms near Nashville. Sophia was the daughter of Fannie Moran and James B. Ezzell.

In the background, on the porch with his hands on his hips is Charles Harrell Moran, Uncle Brud.  With his good business sense and frugal nature he saved the family home and land after the depression.

The photo below was a bit more organized and formal with the entire group on the front porch.  This photograph was taken by Linton Godown.

This is John Moran Ezzell and his wife Margaret "Peggy" Rhett Cuthbert of South Carolina.  He and Sophia Ezzell Dobson are brother and sister.   Peggy is a descendant of Robert Barnwell Rhett who was dubbed the "Father of Secession."  She and John had two children: Margaret Rhett Ezzell and James B. Ezzell.

This is a picture of Kitty and the children.  Kitty was the cook and housekeeper at Moran Place.  From left to right is Virginia Moran, Sandra Moran, Dottie Moran, and Kitty is holding hands with James H. Moran V and James Moran Godown.

Here we have James H Moran IV and his wife Elizabeth "Betty" McCloskey. Their four children are Sandra, Dottie, Virginia and James the fifth.  They lived in Kingsport Tennessee.

The hands on hips must be a Moran man thing.   Notice Uncle Brud is still on the porch in the background.

This dapper looking fellow is Nathan Harrell Moran.  At this time he was a Sergeant.  Nice stripes.  :)

This cutie is the oldest child of Betty and James Moran.  Her name is Sandra Jane Moran.

This is a wonderful picture of Virginia Shumate Moran and Matt Dobson.  Virginia was the daughter of Nathan McClary Shumate and Margaret "Maggie" Jane Adams from Kentucky. Virginia was simply stunning back in the day.

Louise Moran, the only daughter and youngest child of Virginia and James the III, had just recently graduated with a BA from Southwestern College in Memphis.

What family gathering would not be complete without getting a little something extra to drink out back behind the garage??  James the third new how to party!

Here's Uncle Brud getting a squeeze from his niece Louise.

And that ends our trip to the Moran Family Reunion of 1945.  We hope you had a good time and hope to see you again real soon.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Family picture On the front lawn at Moran Place

I love this picture. It was taken about 1936 in front of the family home in Dresden TN.   The men have such jaunty expressions and poses. But let me start with the ladies.  On the left is Elizabeth (Betty) McCloskey, the first wife of James Henderson Moran IV.  He's seated in front of her looking very full of himself!  Then we have Louise Moran, she would be about 15 years old.  She's standing next to her mother, Virginia Shumate Moran who has her hand draped over the shoulder of her husband James Henderson Moran III.  And that fella with the tilted head is my father-in-law, Nathan Harrell Moran aka Bub.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Old Gentlemen's Club, Dresden TN

The back of the picture tells it all:
from back to front: 
1936, The Old Gentlemen's Club.  
C. H. Moran, Roy Brasfield, Harry Jones, Jim Moran 
and Greta and Spot.
The picture was taken at Moran Place, Dresden Tennessee on Cedar Street. 
The silo in the background was built around 1910.
C.H. Moran is Charles Harrell Moran also known as Brud.