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  • Invitations to the 2007 Moran Homecoming will be mailed out to everyone on our list during the month of September. For more information, please see the homecoming contact information below:

    Homecoming 2007 
    Contact Information:

    E-MAIL US:

    moranhomecoming@aol.com

    POSTAL ADDRESS:

    Moran Ex-Student & Teacher Association

    P. O. Box 359

    Moran, TX 76464-0359

    TELEPHONE (in the evenings or on weekends):

    Aline Cates McCormack (Class of 1984):      (325) 945-3715

    Duston Brooks (Class of 1993):     (325) 945-3145 

    Jo Branham Hise (Class of 1994):     (325) 945-2199

    last updated August 26, 2007

    2007 MORAN HOMECOMING Oct. 26-27!!!!!!

    Guest speaker will be legendary sports broadcaster Connie Alexander "The Voice of the Southwest Conference"
     


    All Moran exes and friends are invited to the 2007 Moran Homecoming, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27. Activities will begin on Friday, October 26 with a school pep rally and the homecoming football game that evening with the Moran Bulldogs hosting the Woodson Cowboys. As of this time, Saturday, October 27 activities will be like usual homecomings with a morning reception at the Moran Community Center, lunch at the American Legion Hall (sponsored by the Order of the Eastern Star Moran Chapter), and the exes program (with guest speaker Connie Alexander) that afternoon. Immediately following the exes program, the Moran Amity Club is hosting a dedication ceremony for a new historical marker to be erected in Moran commemorating the Great Western Cattle Trail, which ran through the area in the late 1800's. After the ceremony, a reception will be held at the Moran Historical Museum. Homecoming festivities will close Saturday night, with a street dance downtown.

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  • GRADUATES & ADMINISTRATION OF 1915
    HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE SCHOOL
    YEARBOOK!!!!

    Thanks go out to Joyce Olney of Florida, who found an original 1915 
    Moran High School commencement program at a thrift shop in
    West Palm Beach, FL.  She bought it along with a few other personal
    items that went with it for $2.00.  Luckily, she found this web site and
    e-mailed me.  If not for Mrs. Olney, it would probably have been lost
    or thrown away.

    • Click here to see the yearbook!

    • I'M LOOKING FOR LISTS OF MHS GRADUATES FROM

    • THE FOLLOWING YEARS:

    • 1917 - 1923, 1926, 1929, & 1935
    • AND ALSO LISTS PRIOR TO 1914.
    • IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION OR KNOW OF SOMEONE
    • WHO MIGHT, PLEASE E-MAIL DUSTON BROOKS AT
     

    REMEMBERING

    HOMECOMING   2 0 0 1  

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  • COMING-HOME KING:    Harold Wilbanks (Class of 1951)
  • COMING-HOME QUEEN:  Louise Booth Manning (Class of 1947)
  • FURTHEST-TRAVELED:  (Tie)  Sissy Shimp & Mildred Menton - California
  • OLDEST ALUMNI:  Elaine Townsend Shelton (Class of 1928)
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  • AN OPEN LETTER:
  • Dear Moran Alumni,

    We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who made
    Homecoming 2001 such a great success.   It was a memorable weekend
    that our small country town hasn't seen in quite a while.  300+ exes came
    back home to reminisce with old friends and renew old acquaintances.  The
    town boomed once again.  First of all, we would like to thank Superintendent
    Dottie Norwood, Patrick Short, and the rest of the faculty, staff, and students
    of the Moran Independent School District for all of their cooperation with us
    with regard to using the gymnasium for the Ex-Student and Teacher Program
    and the Harvest Carnival at the Elementary School.  The annual carnival has
    never been held in conjuction with Homecoming until this year and we have
    heard many compliments from several exes about it and the school facilities.
    Thanks to former teacher Cindy Boyd and graduate Prosper Walker
    for being guest speakers at the program. 

    We also would like to thank Mayor Marie Smith and the Moran City Council
    for their cooperation with regard to the pep rally and street dance downtown.
    Both have not been held downtown for over a decade.  There haven't been
    crowds like that in downtown Moran for many, many years.  It was a grand
    sight to say the least.  Thanks to the Moran Clean and Proud Organization
    for the cleaning, mowing, and decorating they did to make the town look
    so presentable for our returning alumni.  Thanks to the members of the
    Moran Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star for the delicious meal
    served at the American Legion Hall.  Thanks to John and Cyrilla Mark and
    Shirley Mark Sapetko for their food booth at the street dance.  Thanks to
    the Carriage Shoppe for the beautiful flowers and balloons. Thanks to Jane
    Morrison Hawkins and others for hosting the magnificent party at the
    Whitney Theatre in Albany. Thanks to the board of directors of the Moran
    Community Center for the registration and refreshments Saturday morning.  
    Thanks also to the board of directors of the Moran Historical Museum for
    hosting a reception and opening the museum's doors for the visitors' enjoyment.  
    Thanks to the Moran Bulldogs for giving it their all against Bryson's Cowboys.
    The entire weekend was a community-wide undertaking and everyone did an
    outstanding job.

    Finally, we would like to thank you ----- Moran's own exes ----- for coming      
    back and keeping the Homecoming tradition alive for the last 40 years.
    Your support is profoundly appreciated and we hope that the Moran
    Homecoming will continue for another 40 years and longer.  We especially 
    look forward to hosting Homecoming 2003 in two years on the occasion of
    Moran's 120th birthday.  We invite you back again.

                                      Sincerely,
           Aline Cates McCormack         Duston Brooks

                              Co-Chairmen
                        Moran Ex-Student & Teacher Association
                                                                         

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Photo courtesy of

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Would you like to hear good old stories about Moran??

Newspaper readers in Lubbock , TX have been hearing them for years from the former Editor (now Editor-Emeritus & weekly columnist) of the "Lubbock Avalanche-Journal":

B U R L E   P E T T I T 

Many of Burle's columns each Sunday concern his remembrances of growing up in a small town called Moran. Burle is a 1952 graduate of Moran High School and I wish to thank him for allowing me to link to his columns from the MHS Alumni Website.  

To read Burle's recent columns, please click HERE

 

DO YOU KNOW THESE CHILDREN???

  • The above photo was sent to me recently and I would like to know if there is anyone who can identify these children?  The back of the photo says that this is Willie Rigsby's class at Moran in 1928.  Ms. Rigsby is obviously the lady standing in the middle.   If you have any information, e-mail me at DBrooks466@aol.com. Thanks!! 

DO YOU HAVE THIS PHOTO???

DO YOU HAVE ANY OLD MORAN PHOTOS??? 

  • The above photo of downtown Moran (looking west) was taken in 1924. This was used in an article about Moran in a 1970's issue of the "Old Timer Magazine". Further to the right, Ward's Hardware Store and the two-story bank were pictured, but I was unable to scan that portion of the photo here.  I scanned this photo from the article.  I have not been able to locate the actual photograph.  It may have belonged to the late Albert Morris of Moran, but his daughter, Mae Delle Jones, says she doesn't remember it.  Does anyone else, by any chance, have this photo in their possession? I'm trying to gather copies of photos of Moran from the 1920's and before that the Moran Historical Museum may not have.  I will display these photos on this website. Many old photos like this I have found were from picture postcards.  If anyone has the photo above or any other Moran photos in their family's possession, please e-mail me, Duston Brooks.  Thanks!!!!   I

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THE 1999 MHS HOMECOMING

  • The 1999 Moran High School Homecoming was held October 15th and 16th. Approximately 200 exes attended.  Guest speaker for the ex-students program, held at the MHS Gymnasium, was Burle Pettit (Class of 1952), editor of the "Lubbock Avalanche-Journal" newspaper.  The oldest class member present was 98 year-old Clarence Garlitz (Class of 1919).  Chosen as the MHS 1999 Coming-Home King and Queen were Randy Hudson (Class of 1971) and Lynda Jones Weatherby (Class of 1968).     

  • The Homecoming this year was organized by the Class of 1948.  They should be congratulated for a job well-done.  The next Homecoming is scheduled for Fall, 2001.  However, no one at this year's program volunteered to handle the 2001 Homecoming.  It is a large undertaking, but hopefully someone will volunteer to help keep the Homecoming going.  More exes (especially those that graduated from MHS in the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's) are encouraged to come to the next Homecoming.  Hopefully, the MHS Homecoming won't become a thing of the past for a very long time.

"TIME CAPSULE" FOUND AT MORAN CEMETERY

1933 DOCUMENT FOUND IN A BOTTLE!!!!!!!!

  • Recently, the two stone arches supported by pillars that serve as two of the five entrances to Moran Cemetery had begun to noticeably decay. Particularly on the western arch, stones had begun to fall out and a large crack had appeared, signaling a potential accident if something was not done to repair it.  So, the Moran Cemetery Association Board of Directors hired a stonemason to see what could be done to fix this problem. After examining the western arch, the stonemason reported that it would cost much less to tear the arch down rather than to repair it. He would therefore tear down both of the arches and leave the pillars standing.  On December 16, 1999, as he began to tear down the western arch, the upper portion of the east pillar accidentally collapsed along with the arch.  Later, a crew was brought in to clear away the stones.  In the process of the clean-up, Precint 3 Commissioner Jimmy Brooks discovered an old whiskey bottle wedged in one of the stone crevices. Inside the bottle was a document placed there in 1933 by the workmen who built the cemetery's stone fence, along with the pillars and arches. The document lists all those who played a part in the construction.  The contents of the document appear below:


  • Moran, Texas

  • August 4, 1933

  • This

  • This fence was built with the aid of funds from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation through the Texas Relief Commission, for the relief of the unemployed people of this county.

  • The following is a list of the relief officers who were appointed by the Governor of Texas, Mrs. Miram A. Ferguson, and Lawrence Westbrook, who was the relief director for the State of Texas.

  • Will Townsend of Moran --- Shackelford County Chairman

  • Floyd C. Pool of Moran --- Secretary

  • J. A. Butler of Albany --- Committee Member

  • Mack Hayes of Albany --- Committee Member

  • J. D. Meredith of Moran --- Committee Member

  • The following is a list of men who worked on this fence:

  • ROCK MASONS (all reside in Moran, Texas)

  • Kenneth Fite Bill Garrett Tom Garrett
  • HELPERS (all reside in Moran, Texas) (

  • W. M. AndersonWindle AndersonJ. C. BarteeO. C. BarteeDub Basket
    T. C. BillsBob Black Jr.Ray BlackstockT. BoydEd Brewster
    Claude BrooksErnest BrooksJim Tom BrooksL. P. BumpersGay Campbell
    J. M. ChamblissJ. T. ClementJack DennisRay DennisLess Dorsey
    Willard DukeBadge DunnRosie EdgarC. A. EdwardsDary Edwards
    M. J. FitePunch FiteJ. T. FortnerJohnnie FranklinS. M. Gardner
    T. H. GeskinH. T. HagarJim HagarW. H. HagarCarl Hamilton
    E. R. HamiltonJ. S. HamiltonWillie HamiltonRoy HammonsW. J. Harkness
    C. HarperPaul HarperB. B. HittJ. D. HittR. J. Hodges
    William HoganJess HollowayF. W. HousemanEdward HudmanLeon Huskey
    Luke HuskeyOlin IngramW. O. IngramReese JacksonJack Kinnison
    John KinnisonH. V. KirbyW. K. KirkmanA. G. KnightWinston Knight
    Charles KoppClyde KoppEarl KoppVictor LapodSam Lawhon
    T. L. LloydLaird LockeBill McClendonHershal McClendonR. K. McKelvain
    Pump MaloneW. W. MartinBob MashburnLeonard MashburnTed May
    J. V. MitchellArtie MohanE. H. MooreM. L. MooreLawrence Morrison
    Bert OverbyLewis OxleyClaude PattersonJ. P. PattersonJ. W. Patterson
    Joe PattersonMarvin PattersonSam PattonClyde PettitCarl Pinnell
    Will PinnellQuince PlummerW. J. PlummerOrville PurvisWayne Roberts
    G. A. RoundtreeJ. J. RoundtreeJ. P. RoundtreeMarvin RoundtreeO. K. Schooler
    Jerome SealyJoe SharrockPaul SharrockC. L. SikesW. J. Skiles
    Eugene SloanOlan SmithSam SmithGuy SnyderBill Stapp
    J. D. TerryJim TerryLeroy TerryH. H. TidmoreJ. M. Townsend
    Han WallR. E. WeberLeonard WhiteJ. T. WhittJohn Whitt
    Tom WhittBill WilliamsHenry WilliamsJ. H. WilliamsOtto Wollum
    Parnell WollumGlen WoodsJ. T. Woods
  • The rock for this fence was donated by the following parties:

  • Jim Cottle of Moran, Texas

  • Morris Cottle of Moran, Texas

  • W. T. Gurney of Moran, Texas

  • Dan Hamilton of Moran, Texas

  • Dave Hamilton Heirs of Moran, Texas

  • L. L. Harris of Moran, Texas

  • Edd McKelvain of Moran, Texas

  • E. T. Willis of Moran, Texas

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  • MORAN I.S.D.

  • CURRENT STATUS:  CLASS A

  • 2001-2002 ENROLLMENT:  119

  • 2001-2002 FACULTY & STAFF:  23 

  • SCHOOL COLORS:  PURPLE & GOLD

  • SCHOOL MASCOT:  THE BULLDOG

  • SCHOOL SONG:  "THE EYES OF MORAN"AD


  • (If your computer can read an MID music file, turn on your speakers and hear the music to the school song)

Lyrics to the school song:

"THE EYES OF MORAN ARE UPON YOU"

"ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY"

"WE SHALL EVER STAND BESIDE YOU"

"IN THE GOOD OLD MORAN WAY"

"THROUGH THE DARKEST SKIES OR BRIGHTEST"

"FAITHFUL WE WILL BE""

"FAITHFUL TO THE GOLD AND PURPLE"

"THROUGH ETERNITY

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MHS Yearbook and Other Moran Links

MORAN SCHOOL HISTORY

MHS YEARBOOK
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TEACHER HALL OF FAME

MHS PHOTOS
1920's & 1930's

MHS PHOTOS
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MHS PHOTOS
1960's & 1970's

MHS PHOTOS
1980's & 1990's

MORAN ISD
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MORAN NEWS

HISTORY OF MORAN

SHACKELFORD CO. GENWEB SITE 

BALING WIRE & MEMORIES

DENNIS CEMETERY INDEX

MORAN CEMETERY INDEX

JOHNSON CEMETERY INDEX 

 

The MHS Alumni Website was designed and developed by Duston Brooks as part of the Shackelford County TXGenWeb Site 1999 

E-mail any questions or comments about this website to Duston Brooks


  • I want to thank the following for their help in providing information for this website and its contents:

Moran Historical Society & Museum

Moran Independent School District

  • Marza (Morris) Adams, Audrey Brooks, Vera (Morris) Clack, Marie Clary, Julie Cottle, Katherine (Freeman) Ricks, Dee (Henry) Hamilton, Mae Delle (Morris) Jones, Lorea (Thomas) Kays, Marvin Kays, Don Latimer, Ava Moore, Dale (Townsend) Pippen, Elaine (Townsend) Shelton, Louise (Garlitz) Shelton, Mildred (Collinsworth) Smith, James Smith, Nena Tabor, and Mary Ellen (Ward) Wilkinson.

  • Bar and border courtesy of Dana's Designs http://www.danas.net ackground

  • Bulldog animation graphic courtesy of http://www.nwg.tasnet.net

  • Oil derrick animation graphic courtesy of Texann Prairieland County  http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/8236  

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