Biography of George E. Morse
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George E. Morse is one of the most progressive men in Iowa county and is a leader in both financial and agricultural circles, serving as president of the Ladora Savings Bank and also carrying on stock raising on an extensive scale. He was born upon the farm in Pilot township where he now lives, on the 14th of June, 1863, a son of William Edward and Susan A. (Hostetter) Morse. The former was born at Southbridge, Massachusetts, on the 3d of February, 1830, one of five children, whose parents were Lovell and Clarissa Morse. In their later years the grandparents of our subject were honored residents of Pilot township, this county. William Edward Morse emigrated westward and settled at Polo, Illinois, in April, 1855, making his home with an uncle there until the following January. At that time he was joined by his father and they made their way to this county, settling near Genoa Bluff, where William Edward Morse resided continuously for a period of fifty three years. He passed away on the 17th of June, 1909. when seventy nine years, four months and f ourteen days old. He was a man of sterling character, enterprising, public spirited and benevolent, a true Christian gentleman. He was a republican in politics, served as trustee and for several years was a member of the board of supervisors. He was one of the most honored of the pioneer residents of the county and did well his part in developing a new section of country into a prosperous agricultural region. When his first residence was built in Pilot township it was necessary to haul the lumber from Iowa City, as there was no timber upon his farm.

George E. Morse gained his education in the district schools of this county and in early youth began assisting his father with the work of the home farm. He continued to remain under the parental roof after attaining his majority and was for a number of years associated with his father in farming, subsequently buying the homestead. As the years have passed he has added to his property and now owns five hundred and twenty acres of excellent land. He is one of the heaviest cattle feeders of Iowa county and is at present preparing about fifteen carloads of cattle for the market. He has equipment for carrying on his work in the most efficient manner and seeks to benefit by the experience of others who are also engaged in stock raising. He has erected a large modern elevator on his farm to facilitate the handling of the thousands of bushels of grain used in feeding his stock and has also installed a power plant for grinding the grain. There are twenty five thousand square feet of concrete paving in his feeding yards, which are the only yards of the kind in the county. He desires the best in all of his buildings and equipment and has given as much thought to his residence as to the other improvements upon his farm. His home is provided with hot water heat, bath and a private gas plant and water is supplied to the house and to all parts of the farm by gravity from a large tank:

On the 21st of February, 1889, Mr. Morse was united in marriage to Miss Alice D. Morse, of Ontario, Los Angeles county, California. To this marriage have been born six children, five of whom survive: Edith M., the wife of Frank F. Rathjen, a farmer of Sumner township; Medora J., who married Charles Langlas, who is farming in Sumner township; Henry G., a student in the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts at Ames; and Earl W. and Amy L., at home.

Mr. Morse votes the republican ticket, but has been too busy to take an active part in political affairs. He was one of the organizers of the Ladora Savings Bank, of which he has been president since its organization, and the steady growth of the institution is attributable in large measure to his close oversight of its operation and his sound financial judgment. He is also a stockholder in the First National Bank of Marengo and in the Millersburg Savings Bank; was one of the organizers of the Iowa County Mutual Telephone Company, of which he is a stockholder, and of the Genoa Bluff Creamery Company, of which he is vice president. He and his family are members of the Congregational church, whose work profits by their support and cooperation. He has gained financial independence and his work has also been a factor in the advancement of the stock raising interests of his county, while in financial circles his influence has made for development along conservative lines. There are few men better known in the county than he and there is none who is more highly esteemed or who has the friendship of a greater number of its residents.

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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