Iowa county is fortunate in the men who fill her county offices and among the most efficient and popular of the
officials is Morris Williams, who holds the position of auditor. He is a native of the county, born in Sumner township
on the 23d of September, 1874, a son of William and Jane (Thomas) Williams, natives respectively of Wales and of
London, England. They were married in Wales, where the mother had removed with her parents when but six years of
age. In the fall of 1869 Mr. and Mrs. Williams emigrated to the United States and after spending the winter in
Iowa City they came to this county, locating on a farm which the father had previously purchased He turned his
attention to its cultivation and improvement and resided thereon until his death, which occurred on the tst of
December, 1910. He survived his wife for a number of years, as she passed away on the 19th of June, 1895. Both
were members of the Welsh Presbyterian church, and he was an ardent republican but never sought office.
Morris Williams was reared upon the homestead in Sumner township and acquired his education in the schools of the
county. After completing the course in the district schools he entered the Williamsburg high school, where he still
further prepared for the responsibilities of life. At the age of eighteen years he accepted a position in a general
store in Williamsburg and was employed there for a year and a half. At the end of that time his father made him
an excellent business proposition, offering him all that he could earn on an eighty acre farm, and he accordingly
gave up merchandising for agriculture, to which he had been reared. Subsequently the land was deeded to him and
he continued to farm until the fall of 1914, when he was elected auditor. He then sold his farming machinery and
stock and removed to Marengo. For twenty three years he ran a threshing machine in connection with his general
farming and derived a substantial addition to his income from that source.
On the 14th of April, 1897, Mr. Williams married Miss Annie L. Evans, a daughter of the late Owen Evans, of Williamsburg.
To Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been born four children, Iva, William O., Alda and Morris T.
Mr. Williams is a republican and has always been most loyal to that party. In the fall of 1914 he was elected auditor
by quite a handsome majority. Both he and his wife belong to the Welsh Presbyterian church and fraternally he is
connected with Williamsburg Lodge, No. 368, I. O. O. F. He still owns his farm and is one of the successful and
well to do men of the county. He has amply demonstrated his ability to perform well the work of the auditor's office
and of his integrity there is no question.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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