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Chirobituaries

New York, Sept. 17. - (Special) - Thomas S. Morris, former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin and long a political power in that state, died suddenly of acute indigestion here today. He was sixty years old.

The body will be taken back to LaCrosse, Wis., the Morris home, for burial.

Mr Morris was long a political associate of United States Senator 'Battling Bob' LaFollette. Twenty-five years ago he was rated as one of the triumvirate with LaFollette which ran Republican politics of the state.

He served as speaker of the state senate for two terms, was a member of the state board of university regents at one time and held a number of other state offices.

Since his retirement from active politics, some ten years ago, he had devoted himself to the practice of law, being a member at the time of his death of the law firm of Morris, Winter and Holmes of

LaCrosse.

Among the firm's

clients

was

the

Universal

Chiropractors' Association.

Mr. Morris died at the home of a friend, Joseph P. O'Donnell, on Riverside drive. He is survived by his widow ans seven children

1928 (Sept 22): letter from U.S. Senator Robert La Follette, Jr. on senate stationery to Mrs. Tom Morris (Morris file): Dear Mrs. Morris: My mother and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and deep sense of personal loss in the death of your good husband. He was a man of rare character and public spirit. My father highly valued the support he gave the progressive cause and had an abiding affection for him in which all the members of our family shared. His sudden death is a great shock which we hope you will have the strength to bear bravely. With kindest regards to each member of your family in his hour of affliction, I am, Very sincerely yours,...

1928 (Oct): Bulletin of the ACA [5(5)] notes:

  • -

    obituary for Tom Morris (p. 15):

Honorable Tom Morris, Chief Counsel of the UCA, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph R O'Donnell, in New York City, on September 17th. It is reported that death followed an attack of acute indigestion. Mr. Morris, who was known throughout the Chiropractic profession as "Tom," had been Chief Counsel for the UCA for about twenty-five years, and at the time of his death was also Business Manager of that organization. The sudden passing of Mr. Morris, following but by a few months that of Mr. Hartwell, who at one time was associated with Mr. Morris and who, at the time of his death, was Chief Counsel for the CHB, takes from the Chiropractic ranks two men who grew up with Chiropractic; two men who contributed much towards winning Chiropractic's legal battles, especially during the infancy of the profession. At the age of sixty Mr. Morris' death must be considered as very untimely.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Mr. Morris, his business associates and friends, and those who depended so strongly upon his legal ability.

1928 (Nov 10): FHN [XVI(7), AC32, cover page]; BJ authors: "TOM" IS DEAD Tom Morris passed away at 2 o'clock a.m. on Sept 17th, 1928, in New York City.

Keating

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This sad news was flashed to us by wire that day. It came like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky.

Tom was one of the very few real, genuine friends that I have ever had. For twenty years we palled, traveled, chatted, chinned, early and late; here and there. For twenty years we were as brothers. We knew each others intimate secrets. 'Tis a blow to lose one that close.

For twenty years we had been close, intimate business friends. Fred Hartwell, Tom Morris and myself were the triange that started to, and did, build The UCA up to its pinnacle. Fred faded out of the picture after many years of faithful service. Tom stayed in The UCA to the very end. He was one of the four best friends Chiropractic ever had. Fred was an other.

Tom gave up a glorious future in politics, a future in building up a private law business, to take on the cares, worries, troubles, vicissitudes of travel, to assume the problems of helping Chiropractic to grow and live. He directed the campaigns, assisted and counselled with and helped put Chiropractic where it is. He was the friend to all with whom he counselled and those who counselled with him. He laid aside a great future as a brilliant lawyer, to spend all those talents in favor of Chiropractic. He died in harness on the job.

Circumstances over which seemingly neither he nor I had any control, separated us a few years ago. We were both the victims of false and traitorous friends. He went his way, I went mine. He

remained with The UCA. Our friends my friendship nor loyalty to Tom friendship or loyalty to me waver.

formed The CHB. Never did

waver. Never

did Tom['s

That which was

rooted after

twenty years could not be dug up in twenty days. heard of Tom saying an unkind word about his

Never have I

ever

friendship for

B.J.

Nobody

has

ever

heard

me

saying

aught

but

the

kindest

for

my

friend

Tom, whether it be inpublic was a mutual, carrying on, years of knowing each other

groups or by friendship of thoroly.

private conversation. Ours understanding after twenty

Chiropractic could not have been where it is today, had it not been for the first twenty years of The UCA - the result of study and application of that original trio - Fred, Tom and BJ. First Fred passed out of the picture. Now it is Tom gone. Tom devoted the best years of his life working for ChiropracTIC. The ChiropracTOR was a passing issue in the equation to Tom. The TOR was merely a means to an end. TOM never lost sight of the great objective - the right of the sick to get well!

Frank Elliott was in New York City at the time of Tom's death, so I wired him to call and convey our sympathies. The next day I

received this wire from Frank:

"B.J. PALMER DAVENPORT, IOWA

Sept. 18, 1928

TELEGRAM

RECEIVED

.

JUST

RETURNED FROM

O'DONNELLS WHERE ARRIVES TOMORROW.

TOM TO

REMAINS TILL PAUL BE RETURNED TO

LACROSSE

WISCONSIN

FOR

BURIAL.

I

EXTENDED

REGRETS.

ANOTHER CHIROPRACTIC DEFENDER GONE

FRANK W. ELLIOTT" Every Chiropractor in the world has lost a friend. I have lost what

cannot be replaced - an understanding friend. Tom Morris is dead! Long live Tom Morris ! -- BJ"

1929 (Mar): Chirogram includes:

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    Charles H. Wood, D.C., N.D., president of LACC, authors

“Obituary” (p. 2): DR. MARIE C. BOYD: On January 10th, at3:35 P.M., Dr. Marie C. Boyd of Modesto, California, died at her home. Dr. Boyd was

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