CLYDE & MARY MORRISON
Duke, brother Robert, Clyde his father.................... Duke with his mother Mary
Duke, with his Parents, brother Robert, his dog 'Duke'
and his father Clyde
Duke was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa.
He was the son of pharmacist Clyde Morrison and his wife Mary.
Clyde Leonard Morrison (1884–1937),
his father, Marion Mitchell Morrison was of Irish and Scots-Irish and English descent,
and the son of American Civil War veteran.
Duke's Paternal Grandparents- Marion & Weltha Morrison-
His Scotch ancestors had moved from Ohio to Illinois,were they were farmers
and staunch members of the Presbyterian Church
Clyde and Mary were married in Knoxville, Iowa on September 29, 1906.
Clyde was a dark handsome, charming man of medium height,
gentle and inteligent.
Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa
to the warmer climate of southern California,
where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert, until the ranch failed.
Duke's family then moved to Palmdale, California,
and then to Glendale, California in 1911,
where his father worked as a pharmacist in a drug store.
Clyde's numerous business ventures all ended up in failure,
and eventually he declared bankruptcy, and finally ended
up working in other's stores.
A local fireman at the firehouse on his route to school in Glendale
started calling him "Little Duke", because he never went anywhere
without his huge Airedale Terrier dog,
Duke. He preferred "Duke" to "Marion,"
and the name stuck for the rest of his life.
Duke described Clyde as
a fine man, and a wonderful father.Duke clung to the memory of his father's kindness and never forgaveI wish I was as good looking as he was
his mother for berating him of his failures.
Clyde Morrison, suffered a heart attack,I owe him a great deal...and only hope
I can live up to his example
and passed away in 1938.
Mary Alberta Brown (1885–1970)
his mother of Lancaster County, Nebraska,
was a former telephone operator from Des Moines.
Mary was often referred to as Molly.
She was redheaded, blue-eyed and of Irish descent,
and had a temper to prove it.
Tiny and vivacious, Mary was a rather plain woman,
and morally straight-laced,
A writer once mentioned Duke was born less than
nine months later!
Duke remarked later in life,
Her family moved to Iowa, when Mary's fatherIf my mother was still alive, she would have horsewhipped him down Main Street
Robert Emmett Brown, became a proof writer for a Des Moines newspaper.
It is well known that his mother and was obsessed with putting Duke down,
and favouring his younger brother Robert.
So much so, she changed Duke's name, right after Duke was born.
She gave Duke no credit for his success,
and that would haunt Duke for the rest of his life!
Mary Morrison moved with brother Robert to Long Beach,
where she lived for the rest of her life.
She passed away in Los Angeles in 1970,
after a long illness.She was 81 years old.
Clyde and Mary were to be divorced in 1929,
and a year after Duke's father married
who worked a saleswoman at a store in Glendale.
Florence and her daughter moved in with Clyde,
and in spite of financial setbacks, she considered him a kind and gentle man.
She had devotion and respect for him, and eventually
finding her an encouraging force he hadn't found in Mary,
and he began to find success again.
Duke eventually came to love Florence as a stepmother,
and accept the divorce was good for both his parents.
It goes without saying, whatever the differences between Clyde and Mary
and however way they raised Duke, we are eternally grateful to them, for giving us
Written by ethanedwards