J. F. McMorris, a successful farmer and stock raiser residing on section 9, Eden township, was born in Coshocton
county, Ohio, on the 8th of February, 1853, a son of James and Jane (Gibson) McMorris. The father was born in Virginia
of Irish ancestry but in 1828 removed to Ohio and there engaged in farming until his demise, which occurred before
the birth of our subject. In 1880 J. F. McMorris came with his mother to Decatur county, Iowa, and settled upon
the farm on section 9, Eden township, where he still resides. His mother purchased eighty acres of land and continued
to make her home there until her demise in January, 1899.
J. F. McMorris taught school for seven years in Ohio and after coming to Iowa taught one term at Eden Center in
this county. Subsequently he purchased an additional forty acres of land and gave his attention to the cultivation
of his farm of one hundred and twenty acres. He still owns the place but leaves the greater part of the work of
its operation to his son. At one time he raised thoroughbred Shropshire sheep and Hereford cattle, but subsequently
gave up breeding pure blooded stock and now raises a good grade of cattle and hogs, selling to the local shippers.
In 1889 Mr. McMorris was married to Miss Sutari Creveling, who was born in Fayette township. An account of the
lives of her parents, Clemuel and Eliza Creveling, who were pioneer settlers of this county, appears elsewhere
in this work. Mrs McMorris died upon the homestead on the 24th of May, 1909, and her demise was the occasion of
much sincere grief. She was the mother of five children, namely: Arthur, who is at home and has charge of the work
of the farm; Jay, who owns and operates two claims in Montana comprising three hundred and twenty acres; Madge,
who graduated from the Leon high school with the class of 1914 and who is at home; Joseph, who is attending high
school; and May Ellen, who is attending the district school.
Mr. McMorris is an old line republican and, although he has always worked loyally for the success of his party,
he has never been an office seeker. However, he was school director for several years and for eight years was treasurer
of the Eden township school board. For thirty five years he has been a prominent member of the Methodist. Episcopal
church of Leon, of which his wife was also a member. During his active connection with agricultural interests he
was known as an energetic, alert and progressive farmer and gained a competence which insures him comfort for the
remainder of his days. In all of his dealings he has been upright and honorable and he holds the respect of all
who know him.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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