Postmaster at the Forks Celebrates Birthday - Springfield Leader and Press - 19 Aug 1922 Part 2
- be navelltt plnrrd In Otarks a few yeara ago, while many natlvea of tho liilla claimed to be characters In the book that Mr. Morrill waa the only one who had not been "worked over." The other rharactera were created In the brain of the writer, after his association with natives of the Ozarks had given him Inspiration. Wnlle Mr. Wright was working on his book, he pitched bis tent near the rim of Mutton Hollow on a farm then owned by J. K. Ross. The Ross cabin later became known as "Old Matt's Cabin" and Is viewed aa such today by hundreds of tourists. From the Ross farm It was possible for the writer to look out over the wooded hills to the singular peak of Dewey Bald. At night when the blue mists began to rise from the valleys. It was possible for him to trace the course of White river by the white rift of fog. traversing the blue haxe like thread of silver. Secluded In the bills, then undisturbed by the out - bis manuscrtpttho dream that lat er won for him a place of high standing among modern' writer of fiction. Dnrlnr Ms sojourn at - 'the - Rose cabin. Mr. Wright received hi mall tt No - - ch QT. he made the trio. aDDroximately five mile, "to the potofflce, where he received hi mail from Mr. Morrill. The lat' I er had been In the hill for aome time and wa well acquainted with various nlace which proved of in terest to the writer. During hi came Both Morrill and Powell home - steaded land in the vicinity of the cave and moved their familie to Stone county from Lamar. Mr. Powell later represented Stone county In the general assembly at Jeffer son City. Soon after coming to the Ozarks, Mr. Morrill was made postmaster at Notch, which position he has held since that time. 'Worked for Urertey. As a young man, Mr. Morrill spent A portion of his time as an Indian fighter in the west Later he waa employed as a printer on the New York Tribune at the time wben Horace Oreeley was editor of the pa per. Kven at thla time, Mr. Morrill recalls with much amusemebt the difficulty which he encountered In reading Greeley' copy which waa turned over to him for composition. Often when Morrill went to Oreeley with the complaint that he was unable to read the copy, the editor without a much aa railing hie heart from hi work wonld ayt "Well, make it read correctly." one of the most treasured keepsake now In the possession ot Mr. Mor rill la a printer's stick which he used while working for Oreeley In the Tribune office. Mr. Morrill Is still In vlgorou heaUhatid write easily without the aid of glasses. He i at the poatofflce each day, going about hi dutlea and greeting numeroua tourist who, after visiting Marvel i Cave, never fall to call upon the genial "Postmaster at the Forks."