Thursday, August 9, 2012

University of Tennessee Junior College, 1931-32

Going through some paperwork of James H. Moran IV and found an envelope, no writing on the envelope.  However, inside were three folded pieces of paper:

1.  Receipt for the Fall Quarter 1931-32 at The University of Tennessee Junior College, Martin TN.  Jim paid a $20 maintenance fee, $6 Chemistry Lab fee, $1.50 Phys. Ed. Fee and a $4 Student Activity for a total of $31.50.

2.  Typewritten words to a University of Tennessee fight song,
We are for you U.T.
U.T. are we, fighting for victory
right merrily, rah, rah, rah,
We got the pep that gave us the rep,
that made us the best of all: rah, rah, rah.

Here's to Old U of T, never shall we sever,
We pledge our loyalty for ever and ever,
Backing our football team, faltering never,
Cheer and fight with all your might for T.

We are for you U.T.,
U.T. are we, fighting for victory right merrily
Rah, rah, rah, We got the pep that made us the rep that
made us the best of all, rah, rah, rah.

Here's to old U of T never
shall we sever, we pledge our loyalty for ever and ever
backing our football team, falter never, cheer and fight
your might for Tennessee.

3. University of Tennessee Alma Mater
Words and Music by Mrs. John Lamar Meek
On a hallowed hill in Tennessee,
Like beacon shining bright
The stately walls of Old U-T
Rise glorious to the Sight

So here's to you
Old  U of T,
Our Alma Mater true
We pledge in love and harmony
Our loyalty to you!

What torches kindled at that flame
Have passed from hand to hand!
What hearts cemented in that name
Bind land to stranger land!


O, ever as we strive to rise
On Life's unresting stream,
Dear Alma mater, may our eyes
Be lifted to that gleam!


Of course the best fight song of all is the unofficial song, ROCKY TOP!
Here it is done by the fabulous Osborne Brothers!!

1895 Morton's Opera House Playbill, Paducah Kentucky

Today's ephemera comes from Morton's Opera House in Paducah Kentucky and is dated May 1, 1895. I'm not sure which of the Moran's it belonged to but in true Moran style they saved it like most everything else.

Morton's was destroyed by fire in 1900 and replaced with the Kentucky Opera House.  Items like this program capture a moment in time that may not be found anywhere else.  If the Opera House burned in 1900, I wonder how many of the other businesses that advertised in the program are defunct and how many have been lost through the ages only to be seen again by this piece of history.

On this particular Wednesday night in Paducah Kentucky the United States Marine Band was performing at the Opera House.  Other events in May of 1895 include the birth of Rudolph Valentino, China ceded Taiwan to Japan, Oscar Wilde is convicted & sentenced to 2 years hard labor for being a sodomite, Birt Acres patents a film camera, and Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates his invention, the world's first radio receiver, to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society.

Mortons Opera House Program
R.L. Morgan, Publisher, 402 Broadway
Vol. VII     Paducah, KY
May 1, 1895
No. 52

TO-NIGHT - The Famous United States Marine Band
1. March - Marine Band...Fanciulli
2. Overture - Wm. Tell...Rossini
3. Scenes Picturesque...Massenet
-Program continued on Third Page

-Van Culin Bros Leading Booksellers and Stationers 326 Broadway.
-The Buffet 400 Broadway, All the standard Mixed Drinks, Ice Cold Beer Hot Lunch from 9am to 1pm, Geo. Detzel, Prop.
-Ice Cream at Rasor's Broadway -Campbell Boock-Near rth.
-Boston Candy Kitchen, Only genuine French Chewing Candy in the City. Fresh candies made daily in a great variety. 3d Street, near News Office
-Notice Change of Address, Palmer House Block, 423 Broadway, Telephone 5 & 8, St. -Bernard Coal Co. Pittsburgh & KY Coal 401 Broadway, Yard Jeff & R.R., R.G. Rouse - Agent

-Ed Ware & Co., Stein Bloch Co's Are exclusive handlers of Celebrated Men's and Boy's Tailor Made Clothing.  The Stein Bloch co., is acknowledged by all to make the best clothing in the world, and the prices are just as low as you would have to pay for inferior goods. 319 Broadway. New Spring Goods Being Received Daily.
-Oysters Bulk & Cans. In cans: 30, 40, 50 cents. In Bulk: 40 and 50c quart. Calissi's 304 Broadway. Fine Fruits Only
-S.A Howe, Blacksmith and Repair shop, Cor Fifth and Jefferson.  Fine Track Work a Specialty. Experienced Workmen. General Repairing Promptly Done. Satisfaction Guaranteed, TRY ME.
-Goodman's Old Cutter 10c. Lunch Now Cor. 4th & Court
-Goodman's Between Acts. Turn to left on going down stairs
-M.E. Jones Dealer in Hardware, Stoves, Tinware, Cutlery, Carpenters' Tools, Cor. Court and 2d, Paducah, Ky.
-Jos. Petter. The Reliable Jeweler, Repairing a Specialty 112 S. Third
-J.W. Scott, Choice Fruits and Confections, 408 Broadway.
-Joe Brenner, Boots & Shoes Made to Order, Special Attention given to Repair Work. Court Street. Opposite Marked 210.
-Star Steam Laundry, Biggest and Best, 106 Broadway - Telephone 200, Short time work a Specialty.

1. March.
2. Air Du Bal
3. The Angelus
4. Bohemian Feast (with this composition, the band won the first prize at the International contest.)
4. Fantasia for Flute-Sleep Well my child...Popp, Mr. Henry Jaeger.
6. Grand Selection -La Gioconda...Ponchielli
6.  For All Eternity...Mascheroni, Miss Ronia
7.  Descriptive Comique Fantasie-A Trip to Manhattan Beach...Banciulli Description-Break of Day. Sunrise. Waking up. Hurrying to the boat. Barcarole down the Harbor. Rush for the cars. Railroad ride. Glorious day at the Beach. Gamboling on the sands. Sea Nymps' dance. Incitation of Fire Works, which call forth the usual exclamations, after which all return to "Home Sweet Home."
8. March--American Republic...Thiele
9. Hail Columbia...Fyles

-Fine Line Perfumery and Sachet Powders Lyne & Lyne's Drug Store, 224 Broadway.
-Go To J.W. Long & Bro. 421 Broadway. For High Grade Pianos, Organs, Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos, Etc. Agents for Steinway,  Behr Bros., Krutzman and other Pianos.  Goods sold for cash or on easy payments. 421 Broadway.
-Little Ben's Loan Office. Unredeemed Goods Always on Hand. Watches, Diamonds, Guns, Pistols, Clothing, Etc.
Money to Loan.
South Second Street, Near Broadway
-Visit the Bee Hive Kandy Kitchen for Fresh Candies and Pure Ice Cream and Other Sodas, 5c. Broadway.

Large Shipment Just In of Scholoss Bros. & Co's Fine Clothing
These Suits are worth $10, 12.50, 15, 18, 20, and $22.50.
They are not cheap, shody, half made-up suits, but stylish, elegant suits, made right, and much cheaper than you have ever seen the same class of goods.
We want you to see these suits, because we want your trade, and we believe if you see them you will buy them.
Full Dress Suits, $33
Ed.Ware & Co.
American Clothiers,
and Merchant Tailors.
319 Broadway - Paducah, KY

- Our Sign is the BIG HATCHET, Largest Store in the City.
Scott Hardware CO., 318, 320, 322, 324, Broadway

-Allison's Fine Photos
At reduced price during May
Instantaneous Processes
The Finest Finish
Bring the Babies
405 1/2 Broadway

-Buy Cycles, Buy Bycles, Bicycle Parts
Columbia $100,
Cleveland $100, Hartford 60 and $80
Trilby $50
Boys and Girls $20
See the Small Special
Old Wheels Taken in Exchange Jas. W. Gleaves & Sons, 416 Broadway
Bicycles Repaired

-Smoke McGruder's NO. 1
Best 5c Cigar in the City.
-Teeth without plates
Gold and Porcelain Crowns
W.H. Pitcher, Dentist,
114 N. 3d St., Ground Floor
Nothing but the finest work done. Teeth extracted without pain.
-The Perfection of Chewing Gum
Famous Tropical Fruit
Van Culin Brothers
Paducah, KY
-J.T. Bishop Agent for
Chase & Sunborn's
Celebrated Coffees
Cor 5th & Jefferson
-Germania Wine and Beer Hall
over the
Globe Liquor Co's Store,
Third and Court Sts.
This Hall has just been opened and must be seen to be appreciated.  The only hall of this kind in the city.  Music twice a week, free to all.
-The Globe Liquor Company,
Corner South Third and Court Street,
Carry the largest assortment in the city of
Whiskies, Wines and Brandies,
Domestic and Imported.  Wholesale Agents for
Lemps' Extra Pale Beer.
Family Trade made a speciatly.
All purchases delivered free
Germani Wine and Beer Hall over this store.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dresden TN Rainbow Girls undated picture

This is an undated picture and interestingly enough there are no Moran's in it so I'm not sure what the connection is to the Moran family other than they probably knew most everyone featured.

Front row:
Mrs. Gaynell Taylor, Polly Beth Crawford, Wanda Teague, Madelyn Bradberry, Betsye Herron Wright, Jackie Hutcherson, Sandra Melton, Freda Sue King, Sara Ellen Vaughan, Lillie Ruth Simmons.

Back Row: Left to right)
Beverly Chandler, Beverly Maxey, Ann Hutcherson Blackburn, Brenda Babyak, Charlene Steele, Betty Lou Winstead, Dianne Grinder, Carolyn Johnson, Clarice Vaughan, claudia Jean Jeter, Freddie Dunlap, Gail Parks, Penny Ray, Nancy Dunn, Wilda Eddlemon, Marthena Chadwick, Judy Sadler.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

1897 Jennings Business College, Nashville TN

Charles (Brud) Harrell and his brother James Henderson Moran both attended The Webb School and Vanderbilt Training School at Elkton Kentucky.  From there the brothers educational track diverged with Brud attending Jennings Business College in Nashville Tennessee and James going on to Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia.  Since Brud was the eldest son of J.W. and Sophia Moran it seems that he would've been chosen to take the more advanced track of going to Vandy and UoV.  I can only speculate as to the reason but it was common knowledge that Brud was "sickly" all his life and Jim was the healthier brother.  It would've made sense to promote the sibling with the greatest chance of survival (read healthiest) in the world.  

Although Brud did not attend the more prestigious colleges and universities he was the son who pulled the Moran cookies out of the fire when the Bank of Dresden collapsed in, I believe, 1928.  Brud had accumulated his own wealth and he was responsible for making good on bank debts, for saving Moran Place, and keeping the family afloat.  Brud made it possible for his brother Jim and Jim's family to have a place to live.  Jim may have been the bank president but it was Brud that had the business sense.

Jennings Business College
Nashville Tennessee

This certifies that Charles Harrell Moran has completed a
course in this school, making good progress in acquiring a
knowledge of Bookkeeping and Commerce Usage.
He is a young man of most excellent morals, and has
made an attentive and faithful student, has a clear head
for business and is in every way a most excellent young man
qualified to make himself valuable in any store, office, or countingroom.
No. 1377, July 8th, 1897,
R.W. Jennings Principal

Made by A.L. Morton, Penman

That diploma was done by hand and required excellent penmanship skills.  The penman for this particular work of art was A.L. Morton and even though A.L. Morton was an excellent penman you can see on the next to the last line where he or she made an error and had to squeeze in the word "any".  The other charming thing about this diploma is the wording.  It was important to know that someone was moral and that he had been an attentive and faithful student and was clearheaded.  These qualities would transfer well to the world of business and spoke well of Brud. 

Who was A.L. Morton, the penman?  Allen L. Morton was the son of W.T. and Mary Fancher Morton.  The family breakdown in 1900 for the Census of Nashville:
W.T. Morton, June 1847, Tennessee, Artist
Mary Morton, wife, May 1854, 9 births 8 live children, Tennessee
Emily F. Morton, daughter 1873, printer
William T. Morton Jr, son, April 1875, cabinet maker
Maria E Morton, daughter, Sept 1878, bookbinder
Arthur B. Morton, son, Sept 1881
Allen L. Morton, son, Oct 1883, collection
James Edgar Morton, son July 1887, printer
Charles E. Morton, son, Dec 1890, at school
John Quincy Morton, son, Jan 1900

Allen married Katherine Carlisle Sanders. They appear in the 1930 and 1940 Census for Birmingham Alabama.  His occupation was still in the printing industry, pressman.  In addition there was Allen L Morton Jr, at 22 in 1930, John W. Morton, age 15, and Jesse Morton 24.  All born in Alabama.  The young penman, A.L. Morton, died on May 16 1954 in Birmingham Alabama. Katherine passed away on April 6 1972 in Pell City Alabama.

I've included some ephemera from the school and will transcribe those as well.

This is a Specimen of College Currency Used by the Students in JENNINGS' BUSINESS COLLEGE.
Nashville, Tenn.
Tuition.  If paid by the Month:  $30 for the first month, $20 for the second month and $5 per month afterwards, all payable monthly in advance.
Or, If $50 is paid on Entering, it will be in full for the course, limited to four months.  Remember, these terms above all include books and stationery, which would cost the student $10 to $20 for the course at other schools, in addition to tuition.  If two or more enter at same time from same neighborhood, a discount of 10 per cent, in each case will be deducted from above prices.  Time required to finish the course, three to four months.  Some have completed it in two months but this required very rapid work, and like the too hasty eating of a meal, it is not properly digested.  Board can be obtained in private families at from $12 to $20 per month. The principal of the school can accommodate a limited number at his residence.  R W. Jennings Principal.
See Biographical Sketch on Opposite Side.

The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 2, page 130, says:
"R.W. Jennings, the founder and manager of Jennings' Business College, Nashville, was born in Edgefield, S.C., March 19, 1838, where his father and grandfather had been raised.  At the age of sixteen he commenced clerking in a retail store, and in 1855-56 he became bookkeeper for the Trion Manufacturing Co., at Trion, Ga.  In January, 1857, he came to Nashville and secured a position as bookkeeper for the wholesale house of Gardner & Co., where he remained until 1861, when he entered the Planters' Bank as bookkeeper.  In 1864 he filled an important position with the great house of A.T. Stewart and Co., New York, where he was directed to overhaul and examine into the books of that firm, running back for a period of nineteen years.  In 1865 he was teller of the Falls City Tobacco Bank, Louisville, Ky., resigning this in December of that year to accept a partnership in the two firms of Evans, Gardner, & Co., New York, and Evans, Fite & Co., Nashville, the latter being the largest wholesale house which has ever been established in Nashville.  Withdrawing from these firms in 1872, he was until 1884 the senior partner in the wholesale houses of Jennings, Goodbar & Co., Jennings, Eakin & Co., Jennings, Dismukes & Woolwine, and R.W. Jennings & Co., Thus Mr. Jennings brings to his work as a business educator the ripe experience of thirty years in actual business.

Bishop M'Tyeire's Advice
Bishop McTyeire, While President of Vanderbilt University, who never gave an opinion without careful thought, said to a mother, whose son wanted a position: "Send him to Jennings' Business College; a certificate from R.W. Jennings to your son, recommending him for a position, will be of more benefit to him than all the other influences he could have."

From Bishop Fitzgerald.
My knowledge of Mr. R.W. Jennings as a business man of unblemished reputation, and exceptionally full knowledge of his business affairs, and my knowledge of his success at the head of his Business College, prompt me to commend him and his excellent school with emphasis and without reserve. O.P. Fitzgerald.
(Bishop Fitzgerald's son Oscar, who graduated from this school, afterwards secured a position as bookkeeper in the American National Bank, Nashville.)

Students Mental Exercises in Jennings' Business College.
Multiply the Months by 5; Divide the Days by 6; then add both answers together.

Here is another leaflet for Jennings' College.  I included this one because it has a picture of a  R.W. Jennings Jr.. On the back is a "Tribute to Tennessee"  His father is the owner and principal of Jennings Business College.

**Note the misspelling of "Tribute"
A Nashville Boy in the Far North-West.
The Port Townsend (Wash.) Call, speaking of the result of the canvass in that district for Attoorney General between the Democratic and Republican candidates, says of R.W. Jennings, Jr. whose photo appears on opposite side of this bill:
"The canvass ended in a joint discussion between R.W. Jennings, Jr. and his republican opponent, at the Opera House in Port Townsend, before a large audience.  Mr. Jennings' speech, as will be seen, occupies more than six columns of this paper.  His opponent in his reply not being able to answer the strong array of facts and figures presented, went off into a bloody shirt tirade, seeking to create a prejudice against Jennings on account of his being from the South.  In reply to this Jennings turned upon him and said:
"Yes sir, I am from Tennessee, and every foot of her soil is dear to my heart.  I love her mountains and her dales, I love her woodlands and her meadows, her rushing rivers and her rippling brooks; I love every leaf upon the trees of her many colored forests; I love every lark, and linnet, and golden throated songester that pipes its morning lay to the rising sun; I love her sunny skies and her starry heavens; and even here, 3,000 miles away, upon the western coast of America, on the shores of Puget Sound, looking out across the broad Pacific to the gateways of the Day, I fancy that sometimes upon my cheek I can feel the soft, warm breath of her perfect Junedays, and I seem to be once more
"Among the fields of yellow corn,
Where the bloom is on the rye.
"I love it all; and if you, sir, think I would deny my birthright, to get this office for once you mistake your man.  I would not do so for the office of Prosecuting Attorney for this or any other county, though it were offered to me upon a golden platter set with diamonds.
"This sentiment, so boldly and eloquently expressed, was followed by immense applause.
Two days afterward young Jennings was elected Attorney General of that district, leading the Democratic ticket.
He acquired his literary education both at the Vanderbilt and Harvard Universities, then took a commercial course in Jennings' Business College, Nashville, of which his father is Proprietor and Principal and afterwards graduated with high honors (ranking No. 2 in a class of 45) at the Georgetown D.C., Law University.

The Art of Counting Money Rapidly
The art of counting money rapidly is known to but few persons outside of banks, and it has often been a matter of surprise how a teller can count so rapidly and yet make so few mistakes; but he should be both FAST and CORRECT, else he could not long hold a position in an institution where large amounts of money are daily handled.  The experience of R.W. Jennings, Principal of this school, as a bank teller enables him to teach the method adopted by that class in handling bank notes.  A bookkeeper for a large mercantile house frequently handles as much money as a small bank.
The rule is to count by tens, calling five a half, a ten is called one, a twenty is a two, a fifty is a five, and a $100 bill would be a ten (meaning ten tens or $100).  Then by multiplying by 10, mentally, he gets the amount wanted.
A number of students of this school have reached a proficiency in this art which is highly creditable, as may be seen from the following: A package of $500 is given to the student to count.  At the same time a stop-watch is held to get the number of seconds it takes him.  The package consists of thirty-nine bills, made up of $100 in fives, $100 in tens, $100 in twenties, and $200 in fifties.  The time required to count this package ranges all the way from twenty seconds down to eight seconds.
See Record of Money Counting by Students on Other side.

by the students in 
Jennings' Business College,
Nashville, Tenn
Counting $500 (39 bills) under th watch.
Under twenty seconds is fair, and is required by the school; under sixteen seconds is good, under eleven and one-half seconds is extra good, and is fast bank teller's time.

Names of those who made fast bank teller's time:
J.W. Davis, Murfreesboro, Tenn 11 seconds
E.F. Turner Panhandle Texas 11 seconds
Geo. W. Hopkins, Nashville, Tenn 11 seconds
F. Debardelaben, Autaugaville, Ala. 11 seconds
Will Ward, Jefferson, Texas 11 seconds
Geo. A. Decker, Nashville, Tenn 11 seconds
Chas. Thomas, Jr. Murfreesboro Tenn 11 seconds
T.D. Lloyd, Gallatin, Tenn 11 seconds
Brad Nichol, Jr., Nashville Tenn 11 seconds
R.E. Power, Nashville Tenn 11 seconds
W.R. Simpson, Pulaski Tenn 11 seconds
F.M. Bass, Goodlettsville, Tenn 11 seconds
Ben Luton, Goodlettsville, Tenn 11 seconds
W.N. Robertson, Hartsville, Tenn 11 seconds
Willie Bowles, Nashville, Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
M.L. Blodgett, Tullahoma Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
L.G. Jarvis, Nashville, Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
Miss Myrtle Johns, Trezevant, Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
Charles T. Benedict, Nashville Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
J.R. Clyde, Orangeburg, S.C. 10 1/2 seconds
Maney Turner, El Paso, Texas 10 1/2 seconds
C.G. Black, McMinnville, Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
L.M. Hitt, Nashville, Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
John Cullom, Nashville Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
Junious Simpson, Rome, Ga 10 1/2 seconds
F.O. Covington, Unionville, Tenn 10 1/2 seconds
John H Carter, Nashville Tenn 10 seconds
W.L. Otey, New Orleans, La 10 seconds
W.W. McDowell, Chicago, Ill 10 seconds
J.E. Sanders, Goodlettsville, Tenn 10 seconds
A. Teitlebaum, Nashville, Tenn 10 seconds
C.B. Gwynn, Jacksonville, Fla 10 seconds
N.F. Mulloy Brentwood Tenn 10 seconds
E.D. Lerman, Nashville Tenn 10 seconds
A.L. Morton Petersburg, Tenn 10 seconds
John McCabe Nashville Tenn 10 seconds
Geo. C. Adelott, Tullahoma Tenn 10 seconds
Miss Genia Johns Trezevant, Tenn 10 seconds
Bed D.Ewin, Nashville Tenn 9 1/2 seconds
T.A. Crawford, Williston Tenn 9 1/2 seconds
W.H. Blodgett Tullahoma Tenn 9 1/2 seconds
Clifford Smith Murfreesboro Tenn 9 1/2 seconds
H.M. Young Bryson Tenn 9 seconds
F.M. Crass Denver Colo 9 seconds
Julius Abrahams Nashville Tenn 9 seconds
E.L. Turner, Mrufreesboro Tenn 9 seconds
Archie Byrns Flat Rock Tenn 9 seconds
John Bittick Union City Tenn 9 seconds
M.L Carney Murfreesborot Tenn 9 seconds
H.B. Cain Nashville Tenn 8 seconds

Out of 51 people listed, only two are women.

 Brud's Diploma now hangs in our home, Mini Moran Place.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Politically Speaking

Being an election year this seems like a good time to show off the political buttons collected by the Morans.  I believe the earliest are the Landon and FDR campaign buttons.  Alfred Mossman Landon ran against Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936.

I think the most interesting is the card with a clear stone in the shape of a drop.  It says Goldwater '64 Droplet.  Symbolizing the Character of the Man: Clear, Clean, Forthright, Valuing Freedom Above All.  Made with 23 k. Gold.

No matter what your political philosophy is just get out and vote!

Oh, and I just noticed, it's not a political button but I included it anyway.  The Martin Tenn Centennial button from 1973.