In the last note he sent to the newspaper, Hobie Morris of Brookfield included his bio.
Hobie died last week at age 82, leaving behind, as he always called her, his beautiful wife Lois. He also left a legacy of words that chronicled a simple life.
Hobie called his columns and stories The Musings of a Simple Country Man. For him and Lois, it was more than just a title. The Morrises lived a life that on the surface looked simple, but in reality was hard work from up till down.
His last mailing included a column and information about a book he had just finished, putting together his memories as a young boy of World War II and members of that Greatest Generation. The book, called ‘A Young Boy Remembers World War II and Local Heroes of the Greatest Generation’, includes the stories of local men Vic Warriner, Charles Alfred Rigaud and Vic Streit.
It can be purchased in paperback through Amazon or on Kindle.
But, in typical generous fashion, Hobie wasn’t looking to make money from his research and writing. His note also included that copies would be given away to anyone who asked.
About 10 years ago, Hobie and Lois were the Christmas story in the Waterville Times. They were chosen because their lives truly were a gift to this area. They gave time to their beloved church, First Baptist of Brookfield, as well as sent notes and offered support to anyone in need.
Most people know that when they came to this area - a former Utica native and his North Dakota wife - they built a home on land Hobie’s grandfather had purchased decades before in Brookfield.
There, they built a house that reflected more the 1800s than the 1900s or certainly the 21st Century.
It had no electricity, no running water. Till the day he died, that remained the case…