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78R9525 WMS-D

By:  Davis of Dallas                                              H.R. No. 556

WHEREAS, The Family Land Heritage Program of the Texas Department of Agriculture honors properties in Texas that have been owned by the same family and agriculturally productive for more than a century, and on March 21, 2003, James Morney's Farm, which is today owned by Murdine Berry of Dallas, joins this distinguished roster of Texas properties; and WHEREAS, This historical property, which is located in southern Dallas County, was purchased in 1876 by former slaves James and Kathy Morney with several bales of cotton and six years of savings; the couple reared their eight children on the farm, and the family's standing in the community was reflected by the naming of a local school in their honor; and WHEREAS, Although the farm was illegally divided in 1932, current owner Murdine Berry, a retired Dallas schoolteacher, spent more than 25 years painstakingly researching old maps and records and worked through the legal system to unify the lands that once composed her great-grandfather's farm; and WHEREAS, The role of the family farm in Texas history is both significant and long-standing, and it is most appropriate that James Morney and his descendants be honored for their enduring contributions to agriculture in the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Murdine Berry on the acceptance of James Morney's Farm into the Family Land Heritage Program of the Texas Department of Agriculture; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Ms. Berry as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.