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Hull celebrates 100 years

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Maggie Morgan Wise Hull celebrated her 100th birthday with a reception at Hardy First Baptist Church Oct. 22.

Maggie Morgan Wise Hull was born Oct. 22, 1906, in Cleburne County, Tenn. Her parents were George Wenton Morgan and Ollie Eastridge Morgan.

Her father supported his family by farming. He raised corn and beans. Maggie's mother was a housewife who worked hard raising a family of six children, Alvie, Hessie, Laura, Maggie, Lela and Edgar. Maggie is the only living member of her immediate family.

Maggie's father moved his family to Arkansas around Dec. 1, 1914. Mr. Morgan bought 160 acres, which included a house, a barn, an orchard and a small cultivated field. Maggie's home place is where First Methodist Church is in Cherokee Village.

Always interested in education after starting school in Lee County, Va., she and her siblings continued their learning in a one-room schoolhouse called the Armstrong School across South Fork River. She has many fond memories of crossing South Fork by boat going and coming to school every day. She recalls using a water bucket for their water with everyone sharing the one dipper, an occurrence she says just wouldn't happen in this day and age.

At age 18, Maggie married David Earl Wise and they were united in marriage for 33 years before Earl died of cancer. Earl and Maggie made their home for many years in Hardy. However, during their marriage World War II was taking place, and she recalls moving to Richmond, Calif. Earl worked in the shipyard building ships for the war effort while Maggie worked at Rhems Manufacturing building gasoline barrels for the airplanes until the war ended. For approximately five years, Earl and Maggie also lived in Tulsa. Here Earl worked for Better Homes and Gardens building homes.

Earl got sick and found out he had cancer which brought them back home to Arkansas where he died July 9, 1957.

Approximately 12 years later, Maggie married Jasper Buell Hull, known as "J.B.," on April 10, 1969. Maggie relates that she had a "wonderful happy year with J.B." before he suddenly passed away with a heart attack on April 10, 1970.

Maggie's religious education began early from her Southern Baptist parents. At age 17, Maggie fondly remembers saying "Yes to Jesus." Her love of God led her to serve the church much of her life. Maggie taught Sunday school, served as church treasurer or in any capacity she was needed.

She has several hobbies that have kept her busy over the years. She loves to quilt, crochet, garden and fish. She said "I love to eat fish too!" As a young girl she enjoyed writing poetry.

Maggie said she loves life, appreciates every day and loves everyone, even her enemies.

Hull received letters of congratulations from President George Bush and Gov. Mike Huckabee.