This page is dedicated to all who have served our country.

On September 22, 1921 the following article was in The Baylor County Banner.  The article tells about the bodies of  Noel H. Graham and Reed Morris being returned to Baylor County after their deaths and previous burial in France.

The bodies of Columbus "Reed" Morris and Noel Hayden Graham arrived in Baylor County on the morning of Sunday, September 25, 1921. Squads of soldiers kept guard over them, at the courthouse, until their funeral on Tuesday, September 27, 1921.

Two soldiers who slept in the land where they fell now repose in the land of their birth and among loved ones and friends. -Baylor County Banner

Funeral procession of Noel H. Graham (12/26/1889-10/8/1918) and Columbus "Reed" Morris (3/25/1894-11/17/1918). Tuesday, September 27, 1921, both men were laid to rest in the land of their birth.
May their memory live within the hearts of this generation as men who were willing to die that freedom of the homeland may be perpetuated. -Baylor County Banner 9/29/1921

On September 29, 1921 this article, and the thank you note that follows, appeared in The Baylor County Banner. 

These medals, given to Noel Hayden Graham, are on display in the Baylor County Museum. A letter with the heading

Personnel Bureau
states that Private Noel H. Graham "displayed extraordinary heroism in engagement near St. Etienne, October 8 to 10, 1918. In spite of heavy artillery and machine gun fire, he succeeded in effecting a continuous advance thereby continuing to the success of his unit."

This flag, with only 48 stars, draped the casket of Noel Hayden Graham while in France.  It is on display at the Baylor County Museum.

Back of Reed Morris' headstone at the Woodmen Cemetery. Reed was killed in France in 1918 and brought back to Seymour in 1921.

The stone in the top right corner that resembles a log is also the monument of a WWI soldier and Baylor County resident placed on the Honor Roll. W. L. Blankenship "died of disease" in Glasgow Scotland. Many lives were lost to influenza at that time.

 The following is from a 1919 Seymour High School yearbook called The Jackrabbit.

Since it is a little difficult to read  I have typed the information below the pages.

List of Graduates Who Have Been in Service

When the call came to help a nation in distress, the boys from Baylor

 County heeded it immediatley.  Among the number were thirty-three graduates

of the Seymour High School, as follows:

                                                                                                    1.  Taylor Morris Wheat 

                                                                                                    2.  Embury Depree Baccus

                                                                                                    3.  Neil S. Murrie

                                                                                                    4.  Tom C. Craddock

                                                                                                    5.  E. T. Goss

                                                                                                    6.  John W. McLeod

                                                                                                    7.  John P. Newton

                                                                                                    8.  Dan W. StClair

                                                                                                    9.  Frank Woodrum

                                                                                                   10.  Horace Nichols

                                                                                                   11.  Willie Wirz

                                                                                                   12.  Richard Finn

                                                                                                   13.  Burns Gray

                                                                                                   14.  Ben Irby

                                                                                                   15.  Reed Morris

                                                                                                   16.  Wilder Kenan

                                                                                                   17.  Grady England

                                                                                                   18.  Kyde Sale

                                                                                                   19.  Sam Baccus

                                                                                                   20.  Dutton Bailes

                                                                                                   21.  Lincoln Burns

                                                                                                   22.  Neil Hilliard

                                                                                                   23.  Tracy Ratliff

                                                                                                   24.  Frank Watts

                                                                                                   25.  Lee A. Morris

                                                                                                   26.  Rollie Fancher

                                                                                                   27.  Tom Cox

                                                                                                   28.  Robert Jones

                                                                                                   29.  Seth Cockerell

                                                                                                   30.  S.B. Merrick

                                                                                                   31.  Hobson Whiteside

                                                                                                   32.  Joe Buck Jones

                                                                                                   33.  Virgil Woodruff


Columbus Reed Morris

Wilbur Frank Watts

Who gave their lives that the world might be made safe for democracy and that eternal justice might be done.

Because of their devotion to duty, their loyalty to the cause of liberty and righteousness and their glorious sacrifice,  these noble boys will ever be held in grateful and reverential memory.

The example of our heroes will be an inspiration to us through all time, and it shall be our purpose to hold high the torch which they have thrown to us.  We here and now should pledge our lives to loving and useful service to humanity.

Photos from Veterans Day 2008 in Baylor County.

These photos were taken at the Baylor County Museum and the Baylor County Courthouse.

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