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    Duke's Parents- Clyde & Mary Morrison

    CLYDE & MARY MORRISON

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    Duke, brother Robert, Clyde his father.................... Duke with his mother Mary



    Duke, with his Parents, brother Robert, his dog 'Duke'
    and his father Clyde

    Mini Biography

    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.
    I wish I was as good looking as he was
    Duke clung to the memory of his father's kindness and never forgave
    his mother for berating him of his failures.

    Duke added
    I owe him a great deal...and only hope
    I can live up to his example
    Clyde Morrison, suffered a heart attack,
    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,
    If my mother was still alive, she would have horsewhipped him down Main Street
    Her family moved to Iowa, when Mary's father
    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

    Florence Buck,
    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

    John Wayne

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    Last edited by ethanedwards; May 4th, 2010 at 06:48 AM.
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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde and Mary Morrison

    I have now added to this biography.
    Hope you enjoy Duke's Family history
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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde and Mary Morrison

    This is a little story and a Picture of Duke's Family, His Father Clyde, His Mother Mary, His Brother Robert and Young Marion "Little Duke" and His Dog, "Big Duke" when they lived in the Mojave Desert East of L.A.

    The Story tells how John Wayne got His
    "Nickname Duke."
    :teeth_smile:
    This Picture Hung on the wall of Duke's Den at His Home at Newport Beach !

    http://www.ranch26bar.com/NICKNAME.html

    Chilibill
    Last edited by William T Brooks; November 2nd, 2008 at 07:59 AM.

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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde and Mary Morrison

    Thanks for sharing that. I enjoyed reading it.

    Dixie

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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde and Mary Morrison

    Keith,

    Somehow we missed all this hard work when you first posted it all. I especially appreciate the ability to link from one to the next, to continue the story. Thanks very much! For those others who may have missed it, start here.

    Chester

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    Chilibill thanks for the added info. That is what I truly like about this sight...EVERYONE... wants to help each other by making us aware of these bits of information.

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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde and Mary Morrison

    Just to introduce Duke's family to our newer members
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    Re: Mary Morrison

    Could this be John Wayne's mother?
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    Re: Mary Morrison

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMace View Post
    Could this be John Wayne's mother?
    Difficult to say Jim,
    have to compare the two

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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde & Mary Morrison

    As a "semi-professional" geneaologist, I've had lots of practice comparing "before and (many years) after" pictures.

    There SEEMS to be a resemblance, but further data is needed for an accurate appraisal.

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    Re: Mary Morrison

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMace View Post
    Could this be John Wayne's mother?
    Jim has since emailed me,
    and states that this picture of Molly
    is used on a another Duke genealogy site,
    and feels this is indeed Mary.

    Jim can we obtain access to this other site?
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    Re: Duke's Parents- Clyde & Mary Morrison

    In regard to the Molly picture and the other website, please send me your email address and I'll try to find that website again and mail it to you. (I don't know if I ever had your email address on hand)?????

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