|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1913|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 2009|
Former Mayor of Burlington , Kansas
Mo was born to Walter and Carrie Hughes Merritt. He grew up on a farm and was a World War 2 veteran in the Navy. He served state side and was a guard on troop trains. While in the Navy he even wrestled. He was discharged on March 4th 1946, after 4 years of service.
Mo earned the American Campaign Medal, World War Two Victory Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He was a Petty Officer First Class.
He was married to Mary Charlotta Haight on Nov.12,1947 and returned to farming. Around the 1960's he was elected as Mayor of Burlington. When Mo turned 95 he was considered the oldest surviving Mayor of Burlington. He was also on the city council,a volunteer fireman,and farmer.
Mo became a permenant resident at Coffee County Hospital where you would see him wondering the halls in his wheel chair, going to get his mr. folgers (coffee),or you would see him sitting in his wheel chair outside by the front entrance. He always had a smile on his face and loved too talk too people.
When I would be working in his room he would tell me stories,like the one time he and a couple of his Navy buddies just got off a train they were guarding and were going to be going home on leave the next day. While they were looking around they noticed a box car full of beer sitting there on the tracks, well it was around Christmas and a sailors pay wasnt much, so they asked the yard foreman if he would hire them to unload the beer. He said he would pay them I believe Mo said 35 dollars, they said ok, thinking he meant 35 dollars to split 3 ways. Well when they were thru, the man paid them 35 dollars each. Mo then gave me that famous Mo grin and said he went home feeling like a rich man.
Very seldom, and I do mean very seldom, would he say he was having a bad day, then when he did say it he would say "but you know what,it well get better, I KNOW IT WILL".then he would give you that famous Mo grin. He said that even when he was in pain that he was doing great. The man was a very positive thinker.
He loved kids,his favorite holiday was halloween. He would sit up at the front entrance and pass out candy to all the kids and they loved him. He would always have a bowl of candy and usually a toy or two in his room for the kids who came in as patients.
The day he died was one of the saddest days for us at Coffee County Hospital. We lost a true friend. When I was told that Mo died, that was like a huge blow to the gut. When he died he left no children but he left many friends, nephews and nieces. The hospital is a great place to work but it just wont ever be the same without good ol Mo around.
Mary Charlotta Haight Merritt (1907 - 2000)*
Created by: James Ray Turner
Record added: Apr 02, 2009
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