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Robert Emery (Emery) MorrowAge: 82 years18941976

Name
Robert Emery (Emery) Morrow
Name prefix
Senator
Birth September 29, 1894 37 23
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S5519
Death of a brotherFrank Lafayette Morrow
December 25, 1894 (Age 2 months)

Death of a maternal grandmotherSpicey Ann McCaslin
about 1898 (Age 3 years)

Note: Calculated from the 1910 US Federal Census where her husband Jacob Elkins states that he was married for 40 years.
Census 1900 (Age 5 years)
Census 1910 (Age 15 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJacob Kelsey Elkins
August 16, 1914 (Age 19 years)
Census 1920 (Age 25 years)
Census 1930 (Age 35 years)
MarriageDoris D ?(Morrow)View this family
after 1940 (Age 45 years)

Death of a fatherRobert Powell Morrow
July 14, 1942 (Age 47 years)
Death of a motherJane Zurelda (Janie) Elkins
March 10, 1963 (Age 68 years)
Death December 20, 1976 (Age 82 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial December 27, 1976 (7 days after death)
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S5519
Note: Mountain View Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 23838233)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: about 1890
2 years
elder brother
3 years
himself
Family with Ruby Ethel Fleming - View this family
himself
wife
son
Private
daughter
Private
Family with Doris D ?(Morrow) - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: after 1940

Burial
Mountain View Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 23838233)
Shared note
In the 1900 US Federal Census for Township 5, Fresno, California, 43-year-old Missouri-born Robert P Morrow and his 27-year-old Arkansas-born Janie Z [Elkins] Morrow have been married 10 years. Janie has borne two children, but only one is living, 5-year-old California-born Robert E Elkins. The family is living on Second Street in a rented house. Robert P is a placer miner. Robert P and Janie are literate and speak English. Robert P's father was born in Tennessee and his mother in Kentucky. Janie's parents were born in Arkansas. Robert E's father was born in Missouri and his mother in Arkansas. In the 1910 US Federal Census for Township 16, Fresno, California, 51-year-old [sic] Missouri-born Robert P Morrow and his 37-year-old Arkansas-born Janie Z [Elkins] Morrow have been married 18 years [sic]. Janie has borne one child [sic], 15-year-old California-born Emery [sic] Elkins. The family is living on East Front Street in a house next to that of Janie's father, Jacob Elkins. Robert is doing general farming. Emery has attended school in the past year. Everyone is litereate and speaks English. Robert P's father was born in Kansas and his mother in Montana. Janie's father was born Virginia and her mother in Arkansas. Emery's father was born in Missouri and his mother in Arkansas. On 24 May 1917, when 22-year-old Emery Morrow registers for the WWI Draft, he states that his residence in Kingman, Arizona, that he was born 29 Sep 1894 in San Luis Obispo, California and therefore is a natural born citizen. He is a self-employed farmer in Kingman, Arizona, is single and has no dependents. He doesn't not claim an excemption from the draft. His description is medium height, slender build with light brown hair and eyes. He is not bald. There is a note on the Draft Card which records that he enlisted on 4 Jun 1917. In the 1920 US Federal Census for Whitney, Mohave, Arizona, 63-year-old Missouri-born Robert P Morrow and his 48-year-old Arkansas-born Janie Z [Elkins] Morrow have in their household their 24-year old California-born Robert E Morrow. Both Robert P and Robert E are farmers and own the land they farm. Everyone is literate and speaks English. Robert P's father was born in Tennessee and his mother in Kentucky. Janie's father was born in Virginia and her mother in Arkansas. Robert E's father was born in Missouri and his mother in Arkansas. In the 1930 US Federal Census for Whitney, Mohave, Arizona, 73-year-old Missouri-born Robert P Morrow and his 58-year-old Arkansas-born Janie Z [Elkins] Morrow were married when he was 33- and she was 18-years-old. Robert owns his house worth $500. He has no occupation. Both are literate and speak English. Robert P's father was born in Tennessee and his mother in Kentucky. Janie's father was born in Virginia and her mother in Arkansas. Their son 35-year old California-born Robert E Morrow, his 21-year-old New Mexico-born wife Ruby E [Fleming] Morrow and their grandson 9-month-old Arizona-born Robert F Morrow are living four farms away. Robert E and Ruby were married when he was 32- and she was 18-years-old. Robert E is doing general farming on land he owns. He served in WWI. Both Robert E and Ruby are literate and speak English. Robert E's father was born in Missouri and his mother in Arkansas. Ruby's parents were born in Texas. Robert F's father was born in California and his mother in New Mexico. Kingman Daily Miner, Kingman, Mohave, Arizona, December 21, 1976, page 1, 3 Obituary Robert Morrow called a giant in legisture Last rites for 82-year old beloved and respected pioneer and former legislator, Robert E Morrow who died in the local hospital Monday, will be held Monday at the Van Marter-Hale Chapel at 2 p.m. with the Reverend James Busing presiding. Internment will follow with gravesite ceremonies at Mountain View Cemetery. There will be visitation at the mortuary Sunday from two to five and from seven to nine. State Senator Morrow served 24 years in both houses of the Arizona legislature. A lifelong Democrat, he retired from public office when reapportionment joined Mohave and Yavapai Counties into one district. In recent years "the Senator" as he was af- fectionately known to his friends, had operated a real estate business here. In 1968 he published a book, "Mohave County Lawmakers", which contains biographical sketches of everyone who had ever represented Mohave County in the territorial of regular constitutional legislature. He served as legislative attach to the late Rep. W.P. Carr of Mohave County, prior to seeking elective office. Earlier he had been instrumental in helping form the Mohave County Chamber of Commerce. He served on both the first and second boards of directors of the chamber. In 1928 he was elected Justice of the Peace for the Owens, Whitney, Burro Creek and Trout Creek districts in the Big Sandy vicinity. His service in the legislature covered parts of three decades. Sen. Morrow was a member of the House of Representatives from 1938 until 1940, when he retired. His legislative tenure started again in 1949 and con- tinued for 18 years, six in the House and 12 in the Senate. He was born in San Luis Obispo, California in 1894, the sone of Robert P. and Janie Z. Morrow. He was the grandson of Lafayette Jackson Morrow who served in the Missouri legislature and then traveled overland by wagon train to California, where he later served in that states' [sic] legislature. Sen. Morrow's great-grandfather, he proudly recalled, was also named Robert and he fought in Captain Peter Allen's Company, First Regiment, Mounted Gunmen (Dyers), Tennessee Volunteers, at the Battle of New Orleans in 1814. Morrow graduated from school in Selma, California; and came to Mohave County in 1912 where he took up ranching on the Big Sandy briefly. He enlisted in the United States Marines in 1917 and fought with the Sixth Marines in the trenches of France, receiving the purple heart for wounds suffered in action. During his 12 years as chairman of the Standing Committee on Highways and Bridges, he sought and brought into law legislation calling for uniform speed limits statewide, and separate financing for the state highway patrol as against funding as an arm of the Arizona high way Patrol. He worked on fair transient livestock laws, parks and roadside monument bills, and helped settle the boundary dispute between Arizona and California. The Senator's stand on the United States "one man, one vote" ruling, which reapportioned legislative bodies according to weight of population, was widely cited as "defacto" reapportionment in that, he claimed, it robbed some of any representation at all. He was right, for Mohave County was to be without representation from the time he left the legislature until the session which starts in January when a Lake Havasu City man will take a seat in the House. Morrow was a quiet, sometimes apparently back- ward man. But in reality, he was a giant in the legislature. He is considered to be the father of Atomic Energy Bill in the State, and when he was head of the Senate Institutions Committee Bill cast the deciding vote when a tie result over whether to locate the new Arizona Medical School in Phoenix or Tucson. Senator Morrow opted for Tucson and that is where the school was built. In the 14th Legislature, he served as a member of Appropriations; and during the early 1940's he (Continued on Page 3) Senator Morrow assembled an exhibit of Mohave County Minerals and ores which are exhibited by the Department of Library and Archives at the State Capitol. In 1972, Marvin D. Johnson, vice-president of the University of Arizona, cane to Kingman to a testimonial dinner honoring Senator Morrow, and presenting the veteran legislator with the Tucson School's "Public Service Award". While a testimonial dinner is an affectionate out' pouring of warmth and appreciation, those who par- ticipated on the one for Robert Morrow somehow came away as if they had not reached the heights the oc- casion called for. They claimed he had served in what the Phoenix Press called the "Cowboy Legislatures", but he may have been on of the finest tacticians and politicians Arizona ever had. He followed the late Senator Carl Hayden's admonition, which is remembered thusly: "there [sic] are only two kinds of Senators-work horses and show horses, and you have to decide which side you are on. Robert Morrow opted for the work horse role, and the more powerful his position became, the more humble his demeanor was. His quiet, unassuming manner kept among the top vote-getters every time his name appeared upon a ballot. Quiet, reticent, slow to speak, he made every person with whom he spoke feel important. Highlights from the Morrow Testimonial Dinner were found in the Miner's files. They were: Senator Paul Fannin saluted Senator Morrow as "Mr. Mohave County" and described him as "A legislator of great perception who always looked to the future witn 20-20 vision." Senator Fannin also cited Senator Morrow as the type of legislative leader which out country needs today, men of courage and conviction to meet the challenges of Vietnam and other grave problems which out nation faces in these times. E.J. McCarthy, chairman of the dinner arranged by the Kingman-Mohave County Chamber of Commerce and toastmaster at the banquet, praised Senator Morrow for his contributions to the historical and economic advancement of Mohave County and in- troduced friends who added other plaudits. A highlight of the dinner was the presentation by Marvin D. (Swede) JOhnson, Vice-president of the University of Arizona, of the university's [sic] 1972 Public Service Award. The test of the citation, which appears in adjoining columns, hailed Senator Morrow as a distinguished citizen, veteran lawmaker, public- spirited business man and a friend of the University of Arizona. On behalf of friends and neighbors C.R. Waters, publisher of The Miner, presented Senator Morrow with a testimonial plaque, which thanked him for his long service to the county. Others paying tribute to the Senator were Mayor Harry B. Hughes, Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Gilpin, Robert B. Morrissette, president of the chamber; Dr. Paul Long, on behalf of the Mohave County Museum and Dr, J. Lawrence Walkup, pre- sident of Northern Arizona University. "I thank you for coming," Senator Morrow told Senator Fannin and the others who had gathered to praise him. "I look around this audience and see so many friends, including state and federal officials, and hear the messages of greetings - and it is pleasant to remember our association together. Thank you for coming." Among the guests applauding the tributes were his wife, Doris, a son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrow of Lake Havasu City, State Senator Boyd Tenney and many others who had been associated with him in government circles and in the community of Mohave County. A partial text of Senator's [sic] Fannin's remarks follows: "The Kingman-Mohave County Chamber of Com- merce in past years has held appreciation dinners for those businesses and industries which have made significant contributions to the community by providing jobs for people and tax dollars to the city, county and school district treasuries. Certainly this is commendable. It affords recognition to those elements which have boosted the economy and have contributed materially to the phenominal growth and development of Mohave County. Tonight we are here to honor one man, Senator Robert Morrow. A good friend, a good neighbor, a good citizen. This, too, is equally commendable. Bob Morrow, come next November 14, will have been a resident of Mohave County and or Arizona for sixty years. You have honored him many times at the ballot box, but it is long overdue to pay tribute to the man who has earned the unofficial by certainly the undisputed title of "Mr. Mohave County." In the next few minutes I am going to say a lot of things about Bob Morrow, I hope that I neither raise his ire nor embarrass him. Much of what I have to say is based on personal experience and observation. I have known Bob and been a friend of his for many years. But in preparing these remarks I wanted to give as full a picture as possible, and so I talked with many people who have known Bob on an intimate basis. Although Bob has many years ahead to serve in a more relaxed capacity, he has led a full and active life with his list of good works as long as the Colorado River. Bob is a man of great talent and diversity, having been successful in many fields of endeavor- ranching, agriculture, horticulture, mining, business, public affairs. But when I think of Bob Morrow, I think of him as Senator Robert E. Morrow of Mohave County. As a legislator, Senator Morrow has left his mark on Arizona State government - a high mark of achievement, I might add. A good indicator of why Bob Morrow was a top-notch legislator is summed up in a single work in the files of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. Several years ago the political writer for the Republic sent out questionnaires to all legislative candidates. One of the questions was "what are your principal interests in the Legislature?" Senator Morrow wrote, "Everything." Bob was not being facetious. This was literally a true evaluation. Yes, Bob Morrow was interested in everything in the legislature. And because of his interest, he became an expert on the legislature and the legislative processes. and because of his expertise, his sound judgement, his years of experience, he was an extremely able and effective legislator. When Senator Morrow retired from the senate at the end of his term in 1966 he held a record which still stands for total service in the legislate halls - 24 years. It doesn't need to be pointed out that Bob Morrow was a hard worker, The Journals of the House and Senate reveal that Senator Morrow served 1,874 days during his tenure in the legislature and had been ab- sent only 19 times during roll call. It was Bobs [sic] habit to arrive at his desk fully an hour before the senate convened. And he was always busy, answering mail, working on legislation, or planning new ways to protect Mohave County's interests or to devise new ways to benefit his county. Bob was first and foremost a citizen of Mohave County, and he never lost sight for an instant that the voters had sent him down to Phoenix to represent MOHAVE County. Senator once unleashed a scorching attack on the mayor of Tucson, accusing him of "gross meddling." Here again, personalities had nothing to do with the issue. But Bob Morrow wasn't about to sit idly by while the Tucson mayor was suggesting to the Vice President of the United States that certain federal highway funds earmarked for work on Interstate 40 through Mohave County be used instead for freeway construction in Tucson. The mark of Bob Morrow is all over Mohave County. Motorists traveling Highway 93 speed across Burro Creek on a bridge which is a marvel of the engineering and bridge building arts. Let me tell you, the State Highway Department and the Federal Bureau of Roads didn't spend $1.5 million on that structure by accident. Had it not been for Bob Morrow, as chairman of the Senate Highways and Bridges Committee, and the late Arthur F. Black of Kingman, whom I had the great privilege of appointing to the State Highway Com- mission back in 1961, we might still be making the brake-scorching descent down an 8-1/2-percent grade to Burro Creek and then blimbing [sic] ever so slowly up the other side of the canyon. The roadside rest area just south of the bridge is dedicated to Bob Morrow, a fitting tribute to one who has done so much for the motoring public in Arizona. Not all of Bob's achievements on behalf of Mohave County are visible. Perhaps some of the newcomers are not aware of his successful efforts back in 1954 to secure enactment of a bill which give Mohave County $100,000 annually out of the federal payment to the State of Arizona in lieu of taxes on Hoover Dam. Bob Morrow was to Northern Arizona and the State of Arizona what Senator Hi Corbett was to Southern Arizona and the State of Arizona. I always thought that Bob somewhat resembled William Jennings Bryan - they both wore their hair short. But Bryan was the silver-tongued orator who could shake the leaves off a tree a hundred yards away. Bob Morrow was less bombastic in his delivery. He didn't make a lot of speeches, but when he did people sat up and listened because they knew he had something worthwhile to say. It would take much more time than I have been allotted to recount all the accomplishments of Bob Morrow. He was a fighter for Mohave County and the State of Arizona. And he was fighter in another sense. I wonder how many here tonight that our honored guest once was Cpl. Bob Morrow of the Sixth Regiment of the Second Marine Division, and that he was wounded in action in France in WWI? Senator Morrow chose to retire from the legislature following the U.S. Supreme Court;s one-man, one-vote decision. He was quoted in the press at the time as saying: "Under the circumstances I do not desire to serve in such an unnatural and disportionate district." "Senator Morrow was a legislator of great per- ception who always looked to the future with 20-20 vision. He very early recognized the potential of atomic energy. Because of his persistence and hard work Arizona today can be proud of having one of the best and most efficient state-atomic energy com- mission in the nation." Senator and Mrs. (Doris) Morrow made their home at 3375 Bank Street, Kingman. Their home was the former administration building for Kingman Airport; and it was from what is now their back yard that the late Charles Al Lindberg landed his craft here and TAT launched air travel from coast to coast, with a stop at Kingman. His wife survives. By an earlier marriage, Senator Morrow is also survived by a son, Robert IV and a daughter, Carol Jean.