Friday, October 17, 2014

The Webb School, Carr's Baseball Team 1897

During his school years Jim Moran III attended several educational institutions, The Webb School being one of them.  Here's a photograph of Carr's Baseball Team, 1897, at The Webb School in Bell Buckle Tennessee.  It's annotated on the back side and I've provided links to those findagrave memorials that I believe represent the men in this list:

1. Matt McFerrin, "S", Nashville Tenn
2. Cozz Constanstine, "F", Birmingham Ala
3. George Boynton, "SS", Atlanta GA
4. James Moran, "P", Dresden Tenn
5. Felton Gill, "RT", Clarksville Tenn
6. Frank Carr, "C", Fulton KY
7. Bermin Knop, "LF", Bell Buckle Tenn  
8. Caleb Rooker, Spencer, Tenn
9. John Clary, "CF", Bell Buckle Tenn
10. William Booth, "TB", Sheffield Ala

Jim Moran is third from the left, behind the seated fellow.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bub Moran, Group Football Photo, mid/late 1930's

We know Bub Moran played football at Dresden High and at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He also attended Bethel College and may have played there as well.    We think the buzz haircut gives him a really intense, ferocious look.  Very different from his other pictures!

Bub Moran
No. 4
front row, 4th from the left

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Letters to Jim from his little sister Louise, 1932-1933

These letters were written by a young (8-9 year old) Louise Moran to her oldest brother, Jim Moran, who was at the Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland.  She focuses on kittens, puppies, schoolwork, friends and illness. Some of you may recognize a few of the folks she's writing about including Billy Mangum, Ila Ruth Moore, the math teacher Mrs. Pritchett, Dan Smith, and Louise Ferguson. Over the years the address of Moran Place went through some number changes.  Back in the 1930's it was 310 Cedar St. I think it's interesting that in 1932 she signed her full name, Marion Louise Moran, but in 1933 she drops the Marion and is now Louise Moran. 

Dresden Tenn
June 1932
310 Cedar St.

Dear James
I miss you a lot and everyone loves (you), even Bobby.
The kittens are growing and their eyes are blue also pretty.  I named the one like Bobby Dinks and the other one Puff.
I recived your letter this morning and I am glad that your like Annapolis.
We are going over to see Mrs. Holdman to-night.
Mother made some delicious nectar yesterday and I wish that you could have some.
Mr. Brock is working in Milan.
Joan is going to Martin this afternoon for a visit.
The puppies are growing a lot and are cute.
Bubby Brock stepped on a bee and hurt his foot bad.
I am nearly over with whooping.
How are you?
All of us well (over)
I hope that you can understand the boy that you that room with you better now.
Love to you from every one.
Your little sister,
Marion Louise Moran
kiss the . please

Dresden, Tennessee
June 15 1932

Mr. J.H. Moran
U.S. Naval Academy
Washington DC
Dearest Admiral:
Bobby was just had a fit and she scared Mother and I very much.  We were eating supper yesterday and Mother jumped up in a chair and I did too.
Louise Ferguson and her baby came Sunday at noon, and her baby is very pretty.
Mildred brought your book home yesterday.
Mr. Ellis is better now, night before last Uncle Brud stayed out there all night.
How are Daddy and Harrell, p.s. and you?
Did you see the Commercial Appeal picture? and the Banner one? I thought the one in the C.A. was better than the one in the Banner.
How are You?
Love to all and all
Your little sister
Marion Louise Moran

Dresden Tenn
Jun 10 1933
Dear James, 
I am sorry to hear that you are sick, & hope that you will soon recover.
Again I thank you for the ring which I am crazy about.
Yesterday Billy Mangum, Ila Ruth Moore, James Whartion, Dan Smith, and I were chosen to write a talk on Lindbergh.  As I was first to read mind which I did got everything the others had & more too. James got his from a book in the library, I got my story from your book "We".
To-day we are taking test.  This afternoon Mrs. Pritchett gave us Arithmetic test & she did not ell us anything about it she just took up our papers as she always does.  (We are subtracting fractions)  & counted off "five" five left out an * sign or - sign.  When she read out the grades my face became hot & my hands cold, I shivered & shook until she said "Louise Moran, 100".  Dan made 30 & yet he didn't miss a problem.
I getting sleeping so must close,
Love & Kisses,
Louise Moran

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sometime by Alla M. Foster

"Sometime" was written by Alla M. Foster.  A search for the author only pulled up one hit on google and that was to another poem (You Held It Tight) published in 1925 in The Brethren Evangelist.  The clipping was most likely saved by Jim and Virginia Moran and gives a little insight as to what they enjoyed and things that touched their hearts.  It does make me wonder if this poem was published around the time of the Great Depression and the collapse of the Dresden Bank.  

Though clouds may gather 'round the way,
And stars refuse to come,
One land we know has perfect day,
In you bright heavenly home.
Though friends forsake and all looks drear,
And Heaven seems far away,
Cheer up, sad heart, no more repine, 
Thou shall find light--some day.

Let friends forsake and foes appear;
Our Savior bore this all.
He knows how bitter is the cup,
His own was filled with gall.
Let earth and all its troubles go,
Look up--cast grief away,
Though clouds now gather dull and low,
All will be bright-someday.

Some day, sometime we all shall stand,
Upon that blissful shore,
And there the woes that grieve us now, 
Will trouble us no more.
So then be brave, poor burdened one,
Hope on, trust on, and pray,
God knows it all and in His time,
Will give the light--some day.