Biography of George W. Morrison
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George W. Morrison, who was living retired in North English at the time of his demise, was for many years a farmer of this county. He was born in Ohio in June, 1839, and there remained until he was a youth of sixteen years. In 1855 he came to Iowa county, Iowa, with his parents, John and Mary Morrison, who were likewise natives of the Buckeye state. They settled upon a farm on their arrival here and both passed the remainder of their lives thereon. They were the parents of four children, all of whom have passed away.

Following his marriage, George W. Morrison engaged in farming in Dayton township, where he owned a valuable tract of land. He worked diligently in improving and developing his place and the sale of his crops and live stock enabled him to realize a good profit upon his year's labor. As time passed his capital increased, as he managed his business affairs with good judgment, and in 1891 he retired to North English, having accumulated a competence. He continued to reside there in the enjoyment of thoroughly deserved leisure until his demise, which occurred in 1899.

On the 25th of September, 1867, Mr. Morrison married Miss Mary J. Morgan, who was born in the state of New York of the marriage of John and Mary (Shaw) Morgan, both likewise natives of the Empire state. In 1860 the family removed to Iowa county, Iowa, and located at Millersburg, where the parents passed away: In their family were eight children, of whom Mrs. Morrison was the first born and five of whom are living. To Mr. and Mrs. Morrison were born four sons : Homer E., deceased; Harry A., who is living at Williamsburg, Iowa ; Elna L., of North English; and Oscar K., of South English. In 1903 Mrs. Morrison married J. A. Miller, who passed away in 1912. She owns a fine residence in North English and has many friends in the county. She is a factor in the work of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which she belongs, and takes a great interest in the success of its various activities.

Mr. Morrison was an adherent of the democratic party and, while not active in politics, took the interest of a good citizen in public affairs. As an agriculturist he was energetic and progressive and was successful in that occupation. His admirable qualities of character gained him many friends and his demise was the occasion of much regret. At the time of the Civil war Mr. Miller gave incontestable proof of his patriotism by enlisting in the Union army and during the period of his service at the front proved at all times a brave and loyal soldier.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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