A chapter has closed in Lake of the Woods History with the passing of the last grandchild of John Morrison and Ann Jane Robinson Morrison, who settled in Rapid River Township (in what is now Lake of the Woods County) with their eight children sometime between 1900 and 1910.
Glenn Allen Morrison, 9th of 11 children, was born May 26, 1930, to Ethel Louise Topping and Vane Lester Morrison. He grew up on the family farm in Rapid River Township, Lake of the Woods County and attended elementary school in the Morrison school house located in the southwest corner of the Morrison farm.
On April 21, 1949, Glenn married Helen Marie Coope from Border, Minnesota. After their marriage, Glenn and Helen went to Helena, Montana where Glenn worked in a smelter and a bakery. In December they moved back to Minnesota, where their first child was born.
The little family moved to Portland, Oregon in January 1951, and there Glenn worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Then, in the spring of 1954, the Morrisons moved back to Minnesota and lived at Border on the Coope farm while Helen’s brother Bob was in the Army. By this time the family had grown with the addition of two sons.
In 1956 they moved again, this time to a place adjoining Glenn’s parents’ farm—the old Clark Church farm. Glenn farmed, while Helen kept house and raised the kids. Three more children were born by the end of 1966.
While the kids were growing up, Glenn continued to farm. He supplemented their income by logging in the winters, and when Glenn’s dad retired in about 1960, Glenn bought his dad’s property, expanding his own farming operation. The growing family moved from the old Clark Church house into the larger farm house on the “home place”.
After all but one of the children had grown up and left home, Glenn and Helen bought a house in Baudette and spent most of their time there, although Glenn kept the farm and continued to raise grain, hay and animals there. That didn’t keep him busy enough, so he worked many years at the Cenex Co-op Service station and spent quite a few years on the board there, as well.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Helen, five children: Vicki (Roger Goble), Roger (Tess), Sherrie (Jeff Hodgson), Vane (Ealecia), and Ann (Tom Dawson). He was preceded in death by his parents, all his brothers and sisters, and one son, Gary.
Graveside service will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 11th at Riverdale Cemetery in Border, MN.
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