Postmaster at the Forks Celebrates Birthday. Springfield Leader and Press. 19 Aug 1922, Sat, page 3 - Part 1

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THE SPRINGFIELD DAILY LEADEK. "POSTMASTER AT THE FORKS" TO - CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY MONDAY Levy' Morrill, Known Aa "Uncle Deo" In Wright ' Novel, Is - Still Conducting Badness of Office at Notch Was Once Employed by here will be a celebration at Notch, Stone county, next Monday In which Levy Morrill, mentioned In Harold Bell Wright's "Shepherd of tho Hills" as he - 'Potmaater at the Forks," will play a stellar role. The occasion of the celebration will be Mr. Morrill's eighty - fifth birthday and a large number of his friends and relatives are expected to assemble at "the Forks" to do Justice to the birthday dinner which Is always forthcoming at such celebrations. "Uncle Ike" was the name given to Mr. Morrill by the novXIst who firsts - found - rftmna - ln the Uvea of , the hill people and whose eyes dis cerned the beauty cf the pine clAd hills, created with a halo of blue mist rising from the valleys. From the day the novel was published down to the present time, Mr. Morrill has been known to natives and tourists alike as "Uncle Ike" and It Is with no slight degree of pride that "Uncle IJce" admits that he Is a character mentioned In "The Shepherd of the Hills" and that he was .personally acquainted and associated with Mr. Wright. In fact, "Uncle Ike" Is the only person now residing in the Ozark country who was actually taken and, without alteration or remodel. I rig, placed Into the hovel. Mr. Wright, while on a tour of the Otarks a few yeara ago, stated that while many natlvea of tho liilla book Horace Greeley. visit to the poatofflce Mr. Wright often, discussed his work with Morrill and a strong and lasting friendship sprang up. between them. From the - postmaster - Mr. Wright learned bit ot. folklore regarding the hills which In the course of the writ ing crept into the manuscript. A However. Mr. Mornn never once thought that he waa being "worked" into the story until "The Shepherd ot the Hills" came oft the press. . Mr. Morrill came to the Oxark about 34 years , ago from Lamar, mo., where at one time he owned ndoperated a weekly newspaper. Poor health made Unnecessary for him to seek new energy and vitality In the great outdoore. An exploring party, made up of men who had served during the Civil War, waa organised at Lamar for the purpoae of visiting; Marvel Cave, which at that time was known a "Devil' Den." Mr. Morrill and Thurman Powell, also 1 of Lamar, headed the party. They went to Stone county and spent a week In the vicinity of the cave, conducting the first exploration of which an accurate record waa kept. They were so Impressed by the natural beauty of the country that they decided to leave Lamar and make their home in the hills. It waa In thi way that the Morrill and Powell families came Into the Ozark. Both Morrill and Powell home - steaded land in the vicinity of the

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