Clair Morrow turns 100

Staff reports

Clair W. Morrow was born in Millersburg Township in Mercer County to Frank and Florence Morrow Oct. 19, 1909.

Clair graduated from Joy School system and participated in track and basketball. After high school he put himself through refrigeration and mechanical engine tech programs at Bradley Polytechnic School in Peoria by working as a short order cook in a local restaurant.

On Dec. 25, 1931, Clair was married to Pearl Epperly in Dwight, by Rev. E. Atherton. They were married over 70 years before Pearl's death in February 2002.

Clair farmed for more than 40 years on 700 acres of property southeast of Joy. Clair always loved animals and raised hogs and cattle during his career using corn, beans and hay as feed for his livestock. Clair retired from farming in 1973 and moved to Aledo.

Clair is a member of the Joy Methodist Church and has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years. Clair also served on the Joy School board for nine years.

Clair has three sons: Blaine and Mary Lee (deceased) Morrow, Statham, Ga., Larry and Sharon Morrow, Rye, Texas, and Dwight and Marilyn (JoJo) Morrow, Rockford. Clair has numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.