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Art gallery offers glimpse of Gilbert's past

The Morrison Family Exhibit at the Art Intersection in Gilbert, Ariz. is shown. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A new exhibit lets visitors take a look at photos of what life was like before Gilbert was a thriving town.

The family of longtime East Valley farmer Howard Morrison, whose family owned a farm, is putting on the exhibit.

Morrison and his wife brought their family from Oklahoma to Gilbert in the 1920s and started their farm. Now, the Morrison family is developing the land for residential use.

The photos of the farm are on display at the Art Intersection Gallery in Downtown Gilbert.

"The family approached us and said, ‘We've got all of these images, and we'd like to have an exhibition,'" said Art Intersection Owner Alan Fitzgerald. "We worked on this for about a year, and came up with 17 images out of several hundred."

The pictures show various aspects of life on the farm. Admission to the exhibit is free. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Art Intersection is located at 207 N. Gilbert Rd. in downtown Gilbert.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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