The Morrows have been a part of the New Mexico landscape since Papa Morrow stepped off the train at Folsom, in the New Mexico territory, in 1888.
John Morrow was a school teacher, the superintendent of Raton schools, a New Mexico Territorial Legislator, a U.S. Congressman, a lawyer, and he held land and cattle interests.
His grandson, John L. Morrow, was a cowboy and rancher, a New Mexico State Senator and father of five. He was also my husband’s grandfather.
Just last week, I was in Dollar General in Clayton, NM. The woman behind the counter asked if I was any relation to Johnny Morrow. She told me she loved visiting with Johnny when she worked at the sale barn and she could always count on him bumming a cigarette. My husband says Johnny was the only smoker he knew who never had a pack of cigarettes.
I only knew Johnny for the last few years of his life. It’s a pleasure to hear people tell stories about him.
In 2004, U.S. 64/87 was named the John L. Morrow Memorial Highway to honor his contributions to the State of New Mexico.
Today, Nov, 21, Johnny has been gone for nine years. But, his legacy and the greater Morrow legacy lives on in the ranch work and public service this family continues today.
© Janice Morrow, RealRanchWife and Morrow Family Ranch, 2011.