David Morrow may be 96 years old, but he still gets that special Irish twinkle in his blue eyes. Born in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on December 18, 1873, he was brought to Chippewa County in 1877. He landed back on the "Olde Sod" some time later, but returned to the U.S. at age 7. As a young man he spent some time out west and worked as a woodsman until he settled on a farm. He married Pearl Arnott in 1907, and farmed at Donaldson where 7 children were born and 5 survived. They are Duncan of royal Oak, Harvey of Los Angeles, Calif., James of Sunland, Calif., Mrs. Raymond (Hazel) Salmich of Tinley Park, Ill, and Mrs. Aaron (Eleanor) Sweeney of St. Ignace. There are 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He retired from farming in 1942 and moved to Royal Oak where he was employed as a caretaker of a cemetery. Mrs. Morrow died in 1945, and he came to room and board at 810 Helen Street at the Soo until 1962 when his health began to fail and he moved to St. Ignace to live with his daughter, Mrs. Aaron Sweeney.
After 8 years with his daughter's family he entered the Medical Care Facility within the past year, where he keeps the nurses and other staff entertained with his salty dialogue. Though he was the oldest of 6 children, he is the only survivor. Not looking anywhere near his 96 years, this Irishman must have had quite a following of colleens in his younger days! Perhaps it's the old memories that brings the twinkle to his eyes!
Taken from The Weekly Wave, July 1, 1970