Legacy adorns window

Family Living Editor

Charles Morrison’s legacy will be kept alive for generations to come as his family hands down memories inspired by his handcrafted miniatures of old-time farm equipment.
Morrison’s daughters, Sandy Ellis and Linda Troxel, have loaned many of his hand-carved items to the Allen County Historical Museum. They will be displayed in the south window of the museum through December.
Morrison was born and raised on a farm northeast of LaHarpe and often talked about his childhood, Ellis recalled.
As with most people working and raising a family, Morrison had little time to pursue his interest in woodcarving. He and his wife Doris raised five children, Ellis, Troxel, Mary Siefker, Bob and Roger.
When ill health forced Morrison to retire at age 56, he pursued his hobby until his death in 1991.
“Dad had really big hands, and it always amazed me how he was able to twist wires and carve those little spokes for a wheel,” Troxel said.
“Dad also wanted everything to look perfect. If the quality of his work wasn’t up to his expectations he would scrap it and start over,” Ellis said.
With the patience of Job, Morrison would spend hours bending metal and working with wood to make miniatures, which included old-time wheelbarrows, a grinding stone, rural mailboxes, cultivators, spinning wheels, mouse traps and tiny butter churns.
Everything in the collection, except the horses, were carved by Morrison. All the wheels and handles work. The little flag flips up on the mailbox and the wheel turns on the windmill.
“Dad’s dream was to have a little museum of his creations. He and mom would be so proud to see the miniatures displayed in the window at the museum,” Ellis said.