Charles Harrell Moran, affectionately known as Uncle Brud, grew up in a home filled with luxuries. He was born in 1876 in Dresden, TN. His family owned a store in town, the Dresden Bank, and had many other interests which added to their wealth. In 1927 there was a run on the bank and like so many other people, the Moran family lost their fortune. If it had not been for Uncle Brud and his selflessness, the family would've lost their beloved home and so much more. He was well loved in Dresden and always looking for ways to help others, either by sending money overseas to war orphans or paying for and planting hundreds of trees to line the highway between Dresden and Martin, TN. Those trees, like Uncle Brud, are now gone but he left behind a legacy of papers, letters, and ephemera that will live forever.
This blog is dedicated to his West Indies Cruise in 1913 and the souvenir photograph album that he saved. For more information about Victorian and turn-of-the-century life in Tennessee be sure to visit the Moran Family genealogy blog.