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Andrew "Mack" Murray

Birth: He was born around 1877 in Alabama.  

Family Information: Husband of Emma (Phillips) Murray.

Father of Jack, Rufus and Opal Murray. Other children included Alfa Jewel (Murray) Brown, Ida Mae (Murray) Dennis and Charley Murray.

Grandfather of Herman and Sybil Murray.  

Description: In 1918 his draft registration card state he was short with a medium build and he had brown eyes and hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1880 he was living in Alabama with his parents and siblings.

In 1920 he was living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana with his wife and children and he was working as a farmer. In 1930 the family was living in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana and he still worked as a farmer.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In January 1936 the boilers "resumed operation" with A.M. Murray in charge, William Heath, Ben Clark and Rufus Murray firing; general assistant, Harry Ribbing.

In February 1936, he and Ed Brown, were on the morning shift, keeping the steam engine running to supply power to the industries, while Rufus Murray and Heath took the afternoon shift. Schow and Harry Ribbing kept them supplied with fuel.

In September 1936 he and Ikey Jensen were hauling slabs from the Weber-King slab pile in Leesville to the colony power plant while the diesel engine [was] "gone on strike".

In October he helped out at the crate factory by placing the slats on the moving apparatus in the proper order, along with Wm. Dean, manager, Jack Murray, Bert Busick and Bill Happel.  

Other Info: In January 1936 his daughter, Ida May (Murray) McGee, with John Harold, Doris, and baby Cordella came from Minden, Louisiana to visit the family.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died in 1960 at Talladega, Alabama and was buried at Anniston, Alabama.  

Sources: US Census: 1880, 1920, 1930; US Draft Registration: WWI; "Llano Colonist": January 4, 1936, January 18, 1936, February 29, 1936, September 26, 1936, October 3, 1936; US Applications and Claims Index; Alabama Deaths and Burials Index; FindAGrave.com  

 

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