Photograph Collection of the

Morris Ranch

MAIN ENTRY: Morris Ranch (Rafter 3)

TITLE: Photograph Collection, 1920s-1967 and undated


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 15 b x w prints, various sizes

BIO/HISTORICAL: The Morris-Miller ranching material stems from the ranching activity of J. P. Morris of Coleman, Texas and his descendants, especially the Mattie B. Miller family. J. P. Morris began his ranching career at a young age trailing cattle herds to northern markets. By 1884, he purchased land in the Jim Ned Valley of Coleman County and moved his family there in 1888. He added to his holdings so that he eventually built a ranching empire of 100,000 acres. He later became involved in banking, and real estate. His daughter Mattie B. Miller along with her children established the Rafter 3 Ranch from their share of the Morris Ranch holdings. They used the original Morris brand. One of her sons, Morris Miller ran the Shackelford County operations. Doris Miller the daughter of Morris Miller, currently runs the Bluff Creek Ranch of Shackelford County.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Collection includes images of Morris and Miller Cemetery plot, Hereford steer and calves, Morris brick building in Coleman, Texas, Faith High School building, Miller family members, and T. Louie Miller, Matie B. Miller, Mary J. Dunman, and Neida M. Knox.  Click here for further details.

PROVENANCE: The collection was donated by Doris Miller.

SUBJECT TERMS: cattle; Hereford cattle; buildings; football uniform; ranching; cemetery; headstones

PERSONAL NAMES: Matie B. Miller; Mary J. Dunman; Neida M. Knox; T. Louie Miller

CORPORATE NAMES: Morris Ranch; Rafter 3 Ranch Company

GEOGRAPHIC NAMES: Coleman, Texas; Shackelford County, Texas