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 Lawrence Lee Morford

Lawrence Lee Morford

Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Death 4 Jul 1977 (aged 64)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 27762533 · View Source
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From the April 1983 MORFORD HISTORIAN p.113/114:

ONE OF THE MORFORD HISTORIAN'S early correspondents was the late Lawrence Lee Morford, who in November 1958 was living in Galena, Kansas, when he replied to a letter asking for information of his Morford ancestry. He wrote, "I have established in recent years that my great-greatgrandfather was John [1794-1883] who with brothers James and Barton spent a good lifetime in the coal smoke of the era in downtown Pittsburgh ....
I have no data on the American progenitor beyond John Morford, but suspect that Zebulon Morford who married Susanna Barton may have passed the word that Barton would provide a respectable name for a third boy in some later issue, should claimants already be at hand for the Christian names of John and James."

Lawrence was, however, mistaken in identifying the John Morford born 1794 as his ancestor...

Lawrence's great-great-grandfather was John Morford [1778-1869], who was, as Lawrence had surmised, a descendant of Zebulon and Susanna (Barton) Morford. As shown by the family Bible records (now in the possession of James F. Bryan of Carthage, Missouri), John Morford married, in 1810, Mary P. McGalliard [1791-1857]. Their children were: Ann, Eliza (who married W. S. Pickett), Theodore [1816- 1882], and Mary, who died in infancy. Theodore Morford and his wife Amelia (Morrison) Morford were Lawrence's great-grandparents; and their son John James Morford [1839-1899] was [a] Confederate soldier. He married Serena Ellen Winter. The fifth child of this couple was Alexander Lee Morford, Lawrence's father.

Lawrence, Alexander's only son, was born 22 March 1913 in Galena, Kansas.

He was born in Galena, where he graduated with the high school class of 1930. In those days his chief interest was working with radios. He never wasted his spare time, but was an avid reader of every type of book which would add to his education, from the Bible to the dictionary. Lawrence believed that everyone should learn a new word each day.

Without any formal college education other than some evening classes he attended, he impressed those meeting him for the first time as an extremely well-educated person.

In 1932, when he was 19, Lawrence received orders to report by June 8, at Indianapolis for military training in the U. S. Naval Reserve. Ten years later he was employed by the procurement division of the War Department, as an inspector at the Emerson Electric Company plant in St. Louis, Mo. By 1951 he was associated with the Engineering Division/Department of the Air Force, at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. After five years he was assigned to the Office of Bureau of Aeronautics, representing the U. S. Navy Department, located at the Allison Engine Division of General Motors Corporation, at Indianapolis.

While living in Indianapolis, Lawrence was visited by his father, and together they visited relatives and friends in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, spending some of their time at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh to locate information on the earlier generations of the Morford family in that area. They also visited Alexander's home town of Augusta in Bracken County, Kentucky.

In 1954 Lawrence accepted employment as a Contract Specifications Engineer with the Boeing Company, aircraft manufacturers, in Wichita, Kansas. Lawrence was talented at writing in the commercial and legal fields; he wrote many political speeches, yet was disinterested in accepting any political office.

While living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he invented numerous items of equipment, writing all of the descriptive information about the equipment. One of his inventions was the Autollator, which he described as a "simple, mobile, gadget-free automatic collating-gathering machine'', which was marketed by Southern Specialties Company of Tulsa.

In December 1958 one of his letters to the Morford Historian spoke of his having recently demonstrated the Autollator to Boeing-Wichita. Unfortunately, the promotion of the product, to quote Lawrence, "folded at a very illogical and costly time", and he then went back to work at Boeing Engineering, which necessitated a 400-mile drive to his home in Galena each week-end.

After his mother's death, Lawrence started a business called "Morford's Sharp Tools", in Galena. He could fix anything which needed a sharp edge. Then he had time for his love -- CATS. Big, little, old, young, all colors. At the time of his death, which resulted from a massive heart attack, he owned nine grown cats and three families of kittens. One of his cats was named "Talking Tom", and on a snapshot in which he is holding Tom, Lawrence had written, "The intelligent one is the cat!"

Lawrence died on Monday, 4 July 1977, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, where he had been a patient two weeks following a three month illness. Very simple funeral services were held July 6th in Galena, Kansas, and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Galena.

Lawrence Morford

Lawrence L. Morford, 64, 913 Galena Avenue, died at 9:05 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

He had been seriously ill for the past three months and a patient of the hospital for the past two weeks.

Born March 22, 1913, here, Morford had lived here a lifetime. He was a professional, self-employed writer. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the Naval Reserve following the war.

He is survived by six cousins.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Derfelt Chapel with the Rev. Harry Shallenburger officiating.
Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Edwin Glades, Elmer Aitken, Leonard France, Dennis Wade, Howard Litch and Wayne Schafer.

Published in the Galena Independent, July 5, 1977.


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