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MORRILL, TEXAS. Morrill, on Farm Road 1911 two miles off U.S. Highway 69 and fifteen miles southeast of Rusk in southern Cherokee County, was named for Rowland Morrill, who established the village in 1903 as a base of operations for his Morrill Orchard Company. Located on the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, the community served a shipping point for fruit growers. The area proved to be in a "frost pocket" that frequently caused the fruit to be ruined. With the onslaught of the Great Depression, the company finally closed. In 1940 Morrill had one store, a school, and a population of 100. The school was later closed, but as late as 1966 the area still reported 100 residents. In the early 1990s Morrill was a dispersed rural community. In 2002 a Texas Historical Marker was erected honoring Morrill Orchard Company. At that time a superintendent's house was still standing.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Historical marker files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin (Morrill Orchard Company).
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