Col Robert Heffron Murray

Col Robert Heffron Murray

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Oct 1972 (aged 91)
Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 42456469 · View Source
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Colonel Robert H. Murray
On October 18, 1881, Robert Heffron Murray was born to George and Cora Murray in Chicago, Illinois. He was of Scottish ancestry and very proud of that heritage. Robert had one sister, Louise. Growing up in Chicago it only seemed right that Robert would attend the University of Chicago. He graduated in 1904 with a degree in chemistry.
In 1905, he took a positiion with the Paramount Knitting Company in Waupun, Wisconsin. He was soon transferred to Virginia to oversee operations at their cotton-spinning mill. After another transfer took him to Illinois, the Kankakee area, Robert resigned his position with Paramount in 1910.
Also, in 1905, Robert married Sue Horton, a young lady whose father, Horace E. Horton, was co-founder of the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company. Robert accepted a position with this company after his Paramount resignation. He was soon sent to Greenville, Pennsylvania to supervise operations there.
In 1917, Robert joined the United States Army, as a Captain in the Army Reserves. He was elevated to Major when ordered to report for deployment to Europe during World War I. Upon return from active duty in Europe, he was once more promoted this time to Lieutenant Colonel having earned the title, Colonel Murray.
In 1926 Col. Murray returned again to the knitting business this time as founder of the Neumode Hosiery Company. Colonel Murray remained the president of the corporation until his death.
In 1934, Col. Murray began farming at Sunset Hill. The farm was an operating dairy farm until 1978. Colonel Murray was kind to all of his patrons, erasing all balances at the holidays.
October of 1972 Colonel Robert H. Murray passed away. His legacy was to leave his land to Purdue University. Purdue did not have a need for the property. His second wish was for the property to then be developed into a park for the citizens of Porter County.
THANK YOU COLONEL MURRAY


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ROBERT H MURRAY
Illinois
Lt Col U S Army
World War I
Oct 18, 1881 Oct 28 1972


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  • Created by: Linda Konrad
  • Added: 27 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42456469
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Robert Heffron Murray (18 Oct 1881–28 Oct 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42456469, citing Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Linda Konrad (contributor 47043942) .