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Subject: June 28 Birthdays
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 17:25:17 EDT
The following descendants of Col. Morgan Morgan were born on June 28. If
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Helen PIERPONT was born 28 Jun 1884, s/o John Scott and Josephine "Asa"
(MCCALLY) PIERPONT, and died Mar 1979. She married Lee N. SATTERFIELD 20 Apr
Nancy Belle MORGAN was born 28 Jun 1886 Greenwood Co., KS, d/o Levi Aaron
and Lydia Jane (HOLEMAN) MORGAN, and died 14 Dec 1968. She married Robert
William Delbert BRAZELTON was born 28 Jun 1898 IL, s/o Eli E. and Martha
BRAZELTON, and died 3 Jan 1918 McKendree Twp., Vermilion Co., IL.
Elford Chapman MORGAN was born 28 Jun 1905 Spartanburg, Spartanburg Co., SC,
s/o Joseph Elford "Joe" and Nancy Gertrude (CHAPMAN) MORGAN, and died 18 Oct
1962 Charleston, SC. He married Martha HAMILTON 9 Jun 1932.
Notes on Elford:
Wofford College B.A. '27, UNC M.A. '31 & Ph.D. '41
Dr. Elford C. Morgan of Converse
A Native-Born Educator
By Anne Davidson Malcolm
CONVERSE College's quaintly towered Main Building is flanked on either side
by the bay windowed offices of the Dean of Women and the President. However,
the real academic heart of this institution calmly but efficiently beats in
a small, book lined office directly behind that of the President. It is
occupied by a well-groomed gentleman with steady blue eyes and a gracious, easy
manner. This intellectual soft-spoken Southerner skillfully combines the
genuine talents of administrator, teacher, and scholar is one delightful
personality; a merger rarely found so finely blended. Elford C. Morgan, the occupant
of this informal, but capably run office has a decided appetite for work at
jobs which call for these varied talents. He is equally competent lecturing
in the classroom, unsnarling a ticklish problem at a faculty meeting, or
advising students on personal matters of academic scheduling.
In spite of the vast amount of diverse knowledge contained by Dr. Morgan, he
is no pedant recluse. Contrary to the popular belief concerning professors,
he has a head for business, finding time to supervise his nearby peach
orchard and serve as a director of a growing bank in a neighboring town. He is as
well rounded mentally and socially as he is physically. His days, both on
and off the job, are crammed with study, teaching, engagements, meetings, and
a large correspondence. Yet he finds time for a friendly chat with others and
fun with his own family.
Dr. Morgan is a South Carolinian by birth and education who has chosen to
wrestle with the scholastic problems of his native state. South Carolina has
contributed many citizens to further the advancement of other states and the
nation as a whole. Notwithstanding the good these men and women have done, it
is gratifying that Dr. Morgan cast his educational lot with his own
Traditionally, teachers are born, not made. This phrase aptly fits Elford
Morgan. As a youth, he was vitally interested in reading. His first job was
at Du Pre's, the local book store in Spartanburg and the popular haven for
the literary. It was a regular spare time job which he held from grade six
through college. At his graduation exercises from high school, he was declared
the winner of the DAR scholarship for the highest average in history. In
addition, he was named the winner in oration. This combination marked him even
then for success as a teacher.
Dr. Morgan's parents, Jo Elford and Nancy Gertrude Chapman Morgan, were
native residents of Spartanburg, and when time for college came for their son in
the fall of 1923, young Elford walked to Wofford from his home on East Henry
Street. Among the honors he received was Distinction in Scholarship during
his last three years. Because of his scholastic excellence, he was bid to the
International Relations Club when a freshman and served as its President his
senior year. He was President of the Honor System, President and Vice
President of Carlisle Literary Society Vice-President of the YMCA, Chairman of the
Senior Order of Gnomes, Senior Commencement Speaker, and Senior Class Poet.
He was a member of the Blue Key, a fraternity which recognized leadership,
Sigma Upsilon, an honorary literary fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, a social
fraternity, and editor of his college annual, The Bohemian. He is also a member of
Phi Beta Kappa.
After winning his B.A. with majors in English and history, (and lacking only
one unit of finishing in three years), Dr. Morgan went abroad for a summer
tour. Not only was he able to see Europe through the eyes of his favorite
authors, but he had also the optical assets of Miss Mary Wilson Gee, then Dean
of Women at Converse College, who regularly took groups to Europe during
vacation, and in whose company he was traveling.
As many teachers have originally vowed, Elford Morgan promised himself that
he would not teach. However, there was an opening in the Spartanburg City
Schools in the fall for a teacher of English and, with persuasion he accepted
the position. From Spartanburg High School, Dr. Morgan returned in 1929-1930 to
his Alma Mater, Wofford College, to teach. Next came a year at the
University of North Carolina and an M.A. in 1931. Following this he began his
Converse career as an instructor in 1932. That year was an eventful one, for in
June he married Miss Martha Hamilton, a gracious and charming member of the
In 1934 Dr. Morgan achieved both his promotion to assistant professor and
the chance to do the groundwork on his Ph.D. in the treasure vaults of literary
antiquity in England and Ireland. His dissertation was on Joseph Addison,
and he and his wife meticulously dug for facts and quotations from May until
September. Mrs. Morgan laughs, "He was pursuing Addison and I was pursuing
him." In 1936 Dr. Morgan became associate professor of English at Converse and
1941 found him the possessor of his Ph.D. from the University of North
Carolina and the responsibilities of dean of faculty and professor of English.
Two "afflictions" have contributed to his voracious literary appetite and
consumption. A slight hypertension which curtails strenuous exercise and a
constant insomnia combine to place his reading average at three books a week.
His choice usually centers around a central theme. If he becomes interested
in a certain subject, such as South Carolina history of The War Between the
States, he follows it through, devouring every book on the subject he can buy
or borrow. Until he finds an absorbing topic, the books he reads are chosen
from varied fields. He does not find it advisable to follow a lecture outline
for his two classes per week which he teaches in English Literature and
Romanticism, but he reads constantly in fields which he believes will give his
teaching flavor and interest. His home bears witness to his great thirst for
knowledge, for there are book cases even in the bedrooms. It is a
delightful, English-type, gray shingle house on Connecticut Avenue. His two sons,
Elford, sixteen, and Charles, twelve, informally share their parents' deep sense
of hospitality and apparently are imbued with a love of people by their
convivial heritage. Each year the family invites Dr. Morgan's students for
dessert and coffee, an event which is eagerly anticipated.
Dr. Morgan works in his office at the college during the summer, except for
one month during which the family makes a pilgrimage to some interesting
spot. When the children were small the Morgans went to Edisto Beach and Ocean
Drive. Now they journey to places of academic interest as well, and often
combine business trips with pleasure.
To the first-term freshman, Dr. Morgan is a relatively unknown quantity
figure moving through orientation week and chapel programs. Except for his two
classes a week, which are not open to freshmen, only infrequently is he able
to emerge from the office tasks and the long line of students waiting to
thrash out the problems of majors, minors, and diplomas.
However, by the end of their first year, these freshmen learn from upper
classmen and their own personal observation that his survey course in English
Literature is among the best offered by an excellent Converse English Faculty.
By the time the freshmen have become sophomores, have finished his course,
and have attended the annual party in his home, they have found English
Literature and Dr. Morgan their favorite subjects. Contributing no less to the
charm of the delightful evening are the two boys and Mrs. Morgan, who is as
youthful in appearance as she is in spirit and enters wholeheartedly into the
enthusiasms of her many-faceted husband.
Dr. Morgan regularly attends Rotary in Spartanburg, has been a member of
that organization since 1932, and is a past president. He is eagerly sought as
speaker for civic clubs and colleges. "We try to spend at least two nights a
week at home," says Dr. Morgan. His church is the First Baptist on East
Main street in Spartanburg. He has held the office of deacon and Chairman of
the Board of Deacons and has taught a class of college girls "on and off for
twenty years." His reputation is such, that once at a meeting of the Student
Council at Converse, a member asserted, "If we want to get this place declared
'on limits' let's tell the faculty that Dr. Morgan takes his family there
for Sunday night supper."
Busiest in September and May during the customary chaos of opening and
closing of school, he maintains an enviable poise. His modest, yet assured manner
makes him highly respected by his students. "In eighteen years of teaching,
I have had only one minor disciplinary problem," he said. He is most
careful never to embarrass a pupil. His lectures are made interesting through
numerous pertinent illustrations and he eagerly seeks to bring out the diffident
From his college years stems his love of the Annual. He is and has been the
faculty advisor to the college yearbook at Converse, "The Y's and Other
Y's", for over fifteen years. To the editor he lends his valuable supervision of
both the financial and the overall program. His job as dean requires that
he aid in the selection of new faculty members. In addition, he keeps a
constant finger on the academic and social pulse of the school. Few athletic
bonfires, college dances, senior recitals, or concerts find him or his wife
Dr. Morgan himself feels that his major contributions at Converse have been
an increase in democratic faculty cooperation and a closer union between the
teachers and their students. His job has been made even more difficult by a
war time and semi-wartime economy and a complex feeling of student
restlessness and personal problems which has had repercussions over every college and
university in the nation.
A faculty member comments on Dr. Morgan:
"Dr. Morgan's greatest asset as dean is that he always has time to listen,
gives his full attention to the problem at hand, and appreciates the point of
view of the speaker. Although he is not always able to agree or to remedy
the situation, the faculty member has a feeling that he has been understood,
and that full consideration will be given to both the individual and to the
problem. He never objects to a difference of opinion, and he thus finds himself
surrounded by those who speak openly and frankly. His success as
administrator is shown by his awareness of the totality of every problem."
Through his intelligent supervision, patient tolerance, and sincere under
standing, he has proved his genuine interest in all. His foresight is admired
and his decisions respected.
South Carolina can indeed count her self fortunate to have retained such an
SOURCE: South Carolina Magazine, July, 1952 pp. 8-9 and 25
Jessie Virginia COCHRAN was born 28 Jun 1907 Wetzel Co., WV, d/o James
Zackquill and Cora Emmaline (RICHMOND) COCHRAN, and died 20 Aug 1922 Wetzel Co.,
Ruth CONLEY was born 28 Jun 1911, d/o Francis W. and Cassie Emiline (MORGAN)
CONLEY. She married Shirly William BRADFIELD.
Robert "Bob" MORGAN was born 28 Jun 1915 Calhoun, Calhoun Co., WV, s/o
Tilmond Stender "John" and Ruby Jane (FOX) MORGAN.
William T. GALYEN was born 28 Jun 1917 Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL, s/o
Charles A. and Bertha (SPROULS) GALYEN, and died 10 Dec 1973. He married
Curtis Anthony WOOLWINE was born 28 Jun 1922 Danville, Vermilion Co., IL,
s/o Curgy and Olevia Alice (MARTIN) WOOLWINE, and died 25 Apr 2000 Cates, IN.
He married Clara Marie BEAN 9 Dec 1941 Newport, Vermillion Co., IN.
Notes on Curtis:
Census-1930-Vermilion Co., IL
CATES, Ind. - Curtis A. Woolwine, 77, of 3590 S. First Avenue in Cates, died
at 3 p.m. Tuesday (April 25, 2000) at his home.
He was born in Danville, Ill., on June 28, 1922, the son of Curgy and Olivia
Martin Woolwine. He had been a resident of Cates since 1953. He married
Clara Marie Bean on Dec. 4, 1941. She preceded him in death in 1970. He was a
graduate of Newport High School. He served in the Army during World War II. He
was retired from General Motors in Tilton, Ill. He was a member of the
American Legion of Kingman. He was a member of the UAW Local 579.
He loved gardening, supplying the Cates community with fresh vegetables from
his garden. His favorite vegetable to grow were his tomatoes (250 plants).
Survivors include: two daughters, Anna Rahm of Kingman and Margaret Robinson
(husband Mike) of Crawfordsville; two sons, James Woolwine (wife Gayle) of
Cates and Harley Wayne Woolwine (wife Melissa) of Cates; two brothers, Robert
and Rolland Woolwine, both of Kingman. He was preceded in death by both
parents, wife and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Friday, April 28 at Maus Funeral Home in
Hillsboro; Officiating: Rev. Bill Nickel; Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday,
April 27 at the funeral home; Burial with military gravesite services will be
held in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington.
Mary Ruth BRITTINGHAM was born 28 Jun 1923 Danville, Vermilion Co., IL, d/o
Samuel Elver and Virginia Esther (MOORE) BRITTINGHAM, Sr., and died 1 May
1982. She married Robert GLASS.