Saturday, September 25, 2010

CiderFest 2010

September 25 from 10 a.m. to Dusk
Grounds of Bear Creek Nursing Home,
Highway 8 and Summer Street
Morrison, CO, 80465

Free- make your own cider on "Apple Annie's" historic cider presses -
bring your own apples and empty beverage containers; bake sale by Red Rocks
Elementary; horsehoe contest (register by 10:30am) by VFW Post 3471; car
show by; ; live music at 2, 4 and 6 by Morrison Town
Band and The Barley Bros./Holiday Bar.

Vendors include food by the Blue Cow, Smokin Yard's BBQ, Pizza Casa, the Town of Morrison, Morrison Liquors, and the Morrison Action Committee; and a beer tent by VFW Post 3471.

And more: jumping castle by Mutual Of Omaha Bank; pedal tractors by Red Rocks Baptist Church; hay rides by Bear Creek Stables/Holiday Bar; climbing wall by the National Guard; massage by Lynn Downer' Wood Art; women's clothing by "Giddy Up" and
others; wool purses by Susan; aprons and jewelry by Sally & Laurie; Beauty
Control Cosmetics; Teddi's Creations & Collectibes; Lose Ends Fiber Farm;
and more!

Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors: Mutual of Omaha Bank, Canyon Tack & Feed,
Bandimere Speedway, Aggregate Industries, Café Prague, Flights Wine &
Coffee Bar, Morrison Natural History Museum Foundation, Morrison Carworks,
Morrison Holiday Bar, West Chamber/Rooney Valley, Billfest Leonard, the
Town of Morrison, and Others.

Also we wish to acknowledge the following the following for their generous
in-kind contributions: Bear Creek Stables, VFW Post 3471, Bear Creek
Nursing Home, Red Rocks Baptist Church, Chambers Consulting, Maja
Stefansdottir Agency, Billy's Home Cooking, Bear Creek Development,
Morrison Liquors, Budweiser Beer, Scramble Campbell, Kathy Wages,, Red Rocks Elementary School, The National Guard, the
Morrison Action Committee, the Morrison Town Band, and all of the Ciderfest

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2011 Calendars Coming Soon!

Our new Historic Morrison 2011 calendar is ready and will be available for purchase at the CiderFest on September 25, 2010! The calendar features all new old-timey pictures, as well as a few of more recent vintage.

Enjoy the people and places of Morrison again next year with this new calendar, a 12-month standard that sells for $17.00 ($15.00 for Morrison Historical Society members). Join the MHS and save on calendars for everyone! Makes a great gift...

Celebrate anniversaries of historic events all year long. Dazzle your friends by remembering the dedication of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the exact date of the 1896 flood, and much more. Traditional holidays are included, and detailed photo captions appear on the back of the calendar. The calendar is now available online as well.

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Let's Go Antiquing

The longest-running business in Morrison today is El Mercado, an antique store owned and operated by Linnie Curran since 1968. On March 16th, members of the MHS presented Linnie with a certificate and a complimentary copy of the Morrison calendar created by the Society. A photo of the store's front porch, courtesy of Mary Jordan, appears in the calendar for the month of October. (Photo: Jamee and Gus Chambers with Linnie, center.)

YourHub reporter Karen Groves was on hand for the presentation, and the moment was captured in the print edition on March 25th, as well as an online version. Linnie shows Karen a few of her wares in photo, right.

Once El Mercado shared Morrison's main street with several other stores of the antique and vintage persuasion. Even the Morrison Inn once housed an antique emporium. Today El Mercado is one-of-a-kind, harking back to a time in the far-away days of the 1960s-80s, when ladies came to Morrison to shop for treasures and have an elegant luncheon at the Deacon's Bench Tea Room. Why, on Friday, January 7, 1966, when the Deacon's Bench was featured prominently in the Rocky Mountain News, the reporter had this to say:
Mention the town of Morrison and women's faces brighten. The tiny atmospheric town has come to be known as an antiquary's browsing spot, with several shops offering a wide range of collectors' trivia (and not so trivia). ... Morrison is attracting other interesting businesses—art studios, special effects designers and, most recently, Thee Deacon's Bench.
In actuality, there was but one art studio (Art Gore Photography) and one special effects designer (Special Effects Co., profiled in Empire magazine in 1964); perhaps it seemed like more. In those days, a visit to "tiny atmospheric" Morrison apparently provided a sure antidote for a slow news day downtown.

Later, on August 27th, 1972, the Denver Post's Empire Magazine brought models to Morrison and the Deacon's Bench for a photo shoot. One young lady was even gracefully posed on the remains of Morrison's old hanging tree! That article featured a hand-drawn map of Morrison's antique stores, including El Mercado (of course!), Little Bits of Yesterday and Today, Lila's, Western Trail Antiques, and Around the Corner to Yesterday. All now forgotten except El Mercado.

Speaking of models, that role also appears on Linnie's extensive resumé, along with clown and bartender, among a host of others. She's a woman of many stories, great to visit with, and now, celebrated for her long dedication to doing business in Morrison. Thanks, Linnie, and congratulations on 42 years!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Order Calendars Now!

We've sold out the first batch of the first-ever Morrison calendars. If you didn't get yours, there's still time to order!

We expect our second delivery about February 20, but you can pre-order by downloading this order form and sending it, with your check, to Morrison Historical Society at PO Box 1294, Morrison, CO, 80465. A few will also be available at local businesses.

Supplies are limited, but we will reorder if necessary (just takes a little longer). If you aren't in town, please enclose $2 extra and allow time for mailing. Remember, it's a 14-month calendar, so it will last through February 2011.

Support your local historical society while enjoying historic photos and extra descriptive information on each. You'll also be able to celebrate key dates from Morrison's past all year long. We'll throw in your 2010 individual or family membership for each $20 calendar sold at no extra cost.

Note: Business membership is also available for $100 and includes two calendars. Orders will be accepted through February 2010. Individual calendars may also be ordered online at (use link or search “6260401” or “historic Morrison”).

Thanks again for your support!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What a Party!

We're happy to report that Saturday night's Cabin Fever Dance was a huge success! This event, instigated by Gus and Jamee Chambers and the Morrison Town Band last year, has all the makings of a new town tradition. At one point the dance floor and the entire hall was Standing Room Only, as residents and visitors greeted each other and caught up on the news.

The band, expanded to nine for this occasion, rehearsed mightily and worked up a terrific new set of songs to add to their previous repetoire. The "mix" throughout the evening was just great and seemed to appeal to dancers and watchers alike. Your contributions to MAC (Morrison Action Committee) and MHS (Morrison Historical Society) were so generous that they enabled us to give the musicians a small stipend in recognition of their efforts, energy, and the great entertainment they provided.

Early in the evening, a number of the more youthful contingent showed off their dance moves with their elders. Unfortunately, most of them moved too fast for the camera. Can anyone put names on these two dancers for us?

Lila Horton, resplendent in a black leather outfit with fringed and beaded vest, taught a class in the Cowboy Cha-cha to a lineup of willing students. They practiced their new skills throughout the evening.

Previously well trained by Lila, Shari got together with her teacher and a few other daring souls in a Very Fast rendition of the Electric Slide.

Thanks to all who contributed food, mountains of which appeared as if by magic to refresh dancers, hard-working band members, and wallflowers alike.

As for the new calendars, we sold more than half of our stock, paid off the initial investment, and have a few more available. Preview, or purchase individual copies, at the link above. Spread the word—we'd love to have to reorder!

We'll have more photos from this super event up soon, so check back. Thanks, all!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cabin Fever Strikes Again

The Morrison Town Band is at it again! In what promises to become an annual tradition, they've announced this year's Cabin Fever Dance, to be held January 30th at the Town Hall. Get your boots on and take a swirl across the floor! Details in this flyer. Free event; refreshments will be provided.

To review last year's Cabin Fever highlights, see our post on the Morrison Town Band.

In other news, we have a brand new Historic Morrison calendar coming out soon, and will have it available at the dance. This full-color, 14-month calendar features historic photos and new photos of historic interest from the town of Morrison, along with dates of selected historic events. Just $20 includes calendar plus your 2010 membership! Preview or purchase online at, or contact us to hold your copy. Supply will be limited; proceeds benefit the MHS book and other historical projects.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Carrying the Mail to Conifer

In 1895, Maggie Crow and Naomi Found volunteered to carry mail to Medlen, nine miles from Morrison, to prove up a mail route. After the trial period, the U.S. government contracted with Will Crow, Maggie's husband, and Maggie carried the mail for two years, using a wagon like this one. The photo was taken in 1907, during Will's second contract period, when Maggie shared duties with her daughter Dora. Left to right, front: Maggie (on wagon), Kate Snedeker, Julia Morris, Vern Crow, Edith Snedeker, Dora Crow Snedeker. On porch, Mrs. Clark Snedeker, Oliver Overman, Patsy Snedeker, and Clark Snedeker.

As Maggie tells it (read the rest of her story here):

Mrs. Anna Biggar was named Postmaster for the Medlen Post Office located about nine miles from Morrison on Turkey Creek. Mrs. Maggie Crow and Mrs. Naomi Found volunteered to carry the mail, each coming one day a week in turn to Morrison for the Medlen mail.

On October 15,1895, the Medlen Post Office was established and mail service started. At the end of the six months period when the cancellation money was divided, Mrs. Anna Biggar received $1.46 as her share as Postmaster and Maggie Crow and Naomi Found each received $.73 as their pay for carrying the mail.

At the end of the six months the contract was let and mail service was then established daily between Morrison and Hutchinson via Turkey Creek and the Medlen Post Office. W. L. Crow was awarded the first contract starting on April 15, 1896, to July 1, 1898, at which time mail contracts were let for the period of four years. So on April 15, 1896 the mail route was started between Morrison and Hutchinson with Maggie Crow as mail carrier.

There was no free delivery of mail along the route at this time. Each patron of the route paying the mail carrier 25 cents a month for delivering the mail to their box. Owing to the fact that mail for the Hutchinson Colorado was often missent to Hutchinson Kansas, early in 1897 the Postmaster of Hutchinson, Douglas Hamer, had the name of the Post Office changed to Conifer.

In 1898 when all Star Routes were let for four years, Andrew Johnson was awarded the contract. At the end of Johnson's term, Miner Lewis was awarded the next four year contract. In 1902 or 1903 the Medlen Post Office was discontinued. Following the Miner Lewis contract, W. L. Crow was awarded the contract in 1906, with Maggie Crow and her daughter Dora taking turns carrying the mail with a two horse stage, often driving through deep snow, and breaking their own roads during the winter months.

W. L. Crow was followed by Joe Hocking as mail carrier. During the time Mr. Hocking carried the mail, he had the route changed to come down North Turkey Creek from Conifer to Morrison in order to give the residents of North Turkey Creek daily mail service. And from Morrison to Conifer up South Turkey Creek as originally established. Following the Joe Hocking contract, Robert Kemp was awarded the mail contract in 1914. Mr. Kemp was the first one to use an automobile on the route, thus ending the horse and buggy days though at times in the winter months when the roads were bad he had to use horses in order to get the mail through.

Mt. Morrison Honor Roll

Ruth Matthews Schneider poses in front of a mural honoring men enlisting in World War II. The men represent families from Morrison proper (Denbow, Fleming, Hocking), as well as outlying areas from Conifer (Turkey Creek, including LeGault, Granzella, Snedeker) to Lakewood, east along Bear Creek (McCoy, VanGorden). The local VFW Post is named after Paul Westover, who was the first local boy to be killed. He died in the Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45.

A Family Enterprise

Sam Hebrew (1857-1932) and Nora Smith (1876-1947) started a long-term business serving tourists at the Gateway Stables, leading donkey trains into the scenic Garden of the Angels, known today as Red Rocks Park. Nora was the daughter of Jeremiah and Margaret (Healy) Smith, one of the original Morrison families.

The Gateway Stables, founded by Sam and Nora Hebrew, provided access to Red Rocks Park via burro. Daughters Bertha Marie and Bonnie grew up on donkeys. Bertha lived in Morrison her whole life, taking over the family business and continuing to serve Morrison tourists. She married a Morrison boy, Curt LaGrow, and cooked homestyle meals for tourists and boarders.

School Days

James E. Parsons, Sr., was in 5th grade at the Mt. Morrison school in about 1919. In this photo, he is third from left in the center row. Parsons later worked for the Morrison Monitor, one of the town's early newspapers. Courtesy Parsons Family.