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Nettie Dell "Tennessee" Morrison (1897-1956)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, August 2, 1956

Well Known Former Resident Dies, 1956

    Whitehorse residents were saddened this week to hear of the death in Vancouver of "Tennessee" Morrison, who was a well-known. and well-liked member of the community for many years.

    Before coming to Whitehorse around 1940, Tennessee operated a restaurant in Telegraph Creek where her husband Joe, ran a freighting business between that town and Dease Lake, Mr. Morrison was a good mechanic, repairing planes which came to Telegraph Creek and after moving to Whitehorse he worked for Pan American Airways, Joe was one of the most popular and best known men in the north in air transportation and played a major role in the rapid development of Pan American Airways, for whom he was local manager at the time of his death in September, 1945.

    Tennessee ran a sewing school in town in these early year, but after her husband's death she left the North, working for two years in Seattle at the Bon Marche.

    On her return to Whitehorse around 1947 she started a boarding house at the big rambling home at 6th and Wood, the only sizeable boarding house for girls in Whitehorse. Among the girls living with her was a young charge of the Public Administrator, Corinne Appleyard, whose parents were both dead. Corinne was sent to Victoria to a convent last year, and it was to be near the girl that Tennessee moved from Whitehorse a second time about three months ago. She had planned to find an apartment in Vancouver, and arrangements were to be mtade to have Corinne move to a convent in Vancouver so she could spend the summer months with Mrs. Morrison.

    Burial will be at the Whitehorse Cemetery. Surviving Mrs. Morrison, besides her son Ross in Juneau, are four grandchildren.

    See the reports on her husband's death: Joseph C. "Joe" Morrison (1894-1945).

    A notice by the Public Administrator stated that Nettie Dell Morrison died in Vancouver on July 28, 1956.