Marion Morrison born in Winterset, IowaAnnouncement Date : May 26 , 1907
On the morning of May 26, 1907, Marion Robert Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa. The first child to Clyde Leonard “Doc” Morrison, a pharmacist and Mary “Molly” Brown, a telephone operator, Marion was born in the back bedroom of the family home. His first name, Marion, was from Clyde’s father (Marion Mitchell Morrison), with his middle name, Robert, from Molly’s father (Robert Emmett Brown). According to an announcement of his birth published on May 30, 1907 on page four of the Winterset Madisonian, Marion was 13 pounds at birth.
The City of Winterset, the seat of Madison County, was founded in 1849 and is located less than 40 miles from the Iowa’s state capitol of Des Moines. The area, known for its beautiful covered bridges, retains its small town charm with a population close to 5,000. The John Wayne Birthplace still exists to this day. In 1981, the John Wayne Birthplace Society (a non-profit 501(c) 3) was formed and acquired the house to preserve and honor John Wayne’s early history in the community. The John Wayne Birthplace Society currently maintains the Birthplace home, gift shop and park grounds for guests to enjoy. Plans have been developed for construction of an 8,500 square foot Museum and Learning Center adjacent to the John Wayne Birthplace. This new facility will provide an exciting, interactive experience for the whole family. In addition to the John Wayne Birthplace museum, visitors can still see several historical buildings from the 1900’s including the local courthouse and several covered bridges in existence when the Morrison’s lived in Winterset. For more information on the John Wayne Birthplace, visit www.johnwaynebirthplace.org