Mural honors Morris brothers

CENTRAL POINT — City residents, students and members of a nonprofit foundation started by Earl and LaRue Morris will celebrate the unveiling of a mural in the late brothers' honor Monday.

The city's first large-scale mural chronicles the brothers' contributions to the region and Gold Gulch, their tourist attraction along Blackwell Road that was open every summer from 1980 to 1991.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. near the M&M Agency building off Third and Pine streets. Dozens of honor students from Scenic Middle School and Crater High School and 50 members of the Crater High School Band will be on hand to provide music and tell stories about the brothers.

The mural was painted by Howard Hunt and assistant Jason Kinney. The Morris Family Foundation board of directors commissioned the mural for $5,000.

Foundation President Gary Rosenberger said LaRue Morris, who taught for many years in Central Point Schools before his death in 1991, and Earl, who died in 2005, would have appreciated the celebration.

"I think they'd be tremendously proud of the fact they're being honored by the community in this way," Rosenberger said.

Earnings from foundation investments provide scholarships for vocational and technical students via the Crater Foundation.

"When Earl was still alive, he presented several checks in the $75,000 to $90,000 range to the Crater Foundation. "¦ He really enjoyed being in the spotlight. Both Earl and LaRue loved helping the kids."

The mural will pay tribute to the brothers' love for the Rogue Valley, said chamber volunteer and longtime resident Debbie Saxbury.

"They both had a love of life and dedicated every minute of it to others. People like the Morris brothers are few and far between. These brothers deserve to be remembered for their love of life, history and their dedication to children."

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at

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