Redfield woman honored for saving GAR Hall for history

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As part of the 2021 celebration of Redfield Old Settlers Days, a plaque was dedicated Sunday at the Collin Marshall Grand Army of the Republic Hall in honor of Margaret Morrison of Redfield, who saved the GAR Hall.


The Collin Marshall Grand Army of the Republic Hall in Redfield is managed by the Dallas County Conservation Board. Photo courtesy Dallas County Conservation Board

As part of the 2021 celebration of Redfield Old Settlers Days, a plaque was dedicated Sunday at the Collin Marshall Grand Army of the Republic Hall in honor of Margaret Ann Morrison of Redfield.

Morrison, who passed away in February 2021, was an active citizen of Redfield. Her efforts saved the historic GAR Hall, and she generously donated it to the Dallas County Conservation Board for preservation.

Morrison “was responsible for saving this historic GAR Hall,” and she “was directly involved in its restoration, operation and maintenance,” according to the dedicatory plaque.

“We thank Margaret and her husband, Larry Morrison, for playing an influential role in preserving this piece of Dallas County history!” said a spokesperson for the conservation board.

The Redfield GAR post was named for Lt. Collin Marshall, who fought in the U.S. Civil War under Col. James Redfield in Company H of the 39th Regiment, Iowa Infantry. Marshall was killed by enemy action July 4, 1863, in Corinth, Mississippi, and was “buried ‘in Masonic style’ on a hill at Wiscotta, overlooking the town of Redfield,” according to Dallas County historian Joy Neal Kidney.

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