Today, New Mexicans celebrate 100 years of statehood–Jan. 6, 1912-Jan. 6, 2012.
If you’re in New Mexico today, check out the Centennial webpage for the schedule of events all around the state. At 11:30 this morning, honk your horn wherever you are in New Mexico to signify New Mexico’s birthday!
All week, I have shared stories that make Northeast New Mexico unique. Here’s one more from the Morrow family archives.
John F. Morrow, referred to as Papa Morrow in the family, arrived in Folsom, New Mexico by train in 1888 as a school teacher. He taught many children including the Dale children.
During the long, harsh winters, the Dale Family would move down to Folsom from Johnson Mesa so their daughters could attend school under John F. Morrow’s direction.
This is where the story gets good! He would eventually marry Virginia Dale, who was actually one of his students. Not quite so scandalous in those days, I guess! They were married in the Dale’s home on November 30, 1891.
John F. Morrow went on to become Raton’s Superintendent of Schools, a lawyer, a New Mexico Territorial Representative and a U.S. Congressman.
Since then, many Morrows have served the state as teachers, politicians, business owners and stewards of the Land of Enchantment.
Here’s to the next 100 years of statehood!
*The photo and story of John F. and Virginia Dale Morrow come from the American Journal biosketch blog by Jim Morrow, thanks Jim!