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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Frederic Augustus Morrison


Frederic Augustus Morrison is judge of the district court of the judicial district of Stettler, to which position he was appointed in October, 1916. He is also local judge of the supreme court of the province of Alberta for his district. In the mind of the public His Honour Judge Morrison is regarded as one of the Edmonton judges, as he has resided continuously in Edmonton since his appointment, and his judicial work has had more to do with Edmonton and the northern judicial districts than with the district to which he was commissioned.

His Honour Judge Morrison was born at Scotch Ridge, in the Parish of Saint James, County of Charlotte, Province of New Brunswick, September 28, 1875, the son of Hugh and Clara (Getchell) Morrison. The father, Hugh Morrison, was the son of Peter Morrison, who, with others of his clan emigrated from Sutherlandshire in 1818. He led the colony which formed the settlement of Scotch Ridge. The judge's mother was Clara (Getchell) Morrison, the daughter of William and Louise (Joye) Getchell, settlers of the adjoining Parish of Saint Stephen, and the type which gave salt and life to that district.

The youthful days of the judge's father were before the opening of the present public school system, but Hugh Morrison managed to get a fair founding in elementary matters and to go to the Normal School of the province. After getting his first class license he taught; but in the end he came back to the farm, which he worked as is the custom in that country. While attending to all of these matters he did the work of magistrate, county councillor and member of the Provincial Conservative Association. The father and mother were active, but not militant, members of the Presbyterian church. Hugh Morrison, the father, died in 1903 and the mother (lied in 1912.

His Honour Judge Morrison is the seventh in a family of twelve children, eight sons and four daughters. His early education in the formal way was what was offered by the public school system of the province for the country districts where he lived. From here he went to the University of Dalhousie, taking in the ordinary way his degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Law in 1897 and 1901. As a law student-at-law his articles were held by the present Mr. Justice Grimmer of the supreme court of New Brunswick. Coming west in 1903 he was for two years at Winnipeg and Regina and went to Vegreville in December, 1905, to begin the practice of law.

In 1907 Mabel Whitney Morrison married Judge Morrison. Her birthplace was Calais, Maine, the daughter of Edward Everett Whitney and Violetta (Wood) Whitney. Mrs. Morrison went to the schools of Calais, and showing an unusual talent for vocal and instrumental music passed on for a full course in the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. Morrison is a woman of liberal taste and cultivation, and her social position is measured only by these tests. She is a member of the Unitarian church and the Alliance of Liberal Christian Women, while the judge's denominational traditions are of the Presbyterian church as they stood before the date of the proposed union of Protestant churches. There are four children: Hugh Whitney, Patricia, Margaret Mabel and Edith Morrison.

His Honour Judge and Mrs. Morrison are members of Mayfair Golf & Country Club and the Granite Curling Club.


 


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