Austin J. Morris, who came to Marion county on attaining his majority, has since resided within its borders
and is a successful and representative merchant of Bussey, where he conducts a large and well patronized grocery
and meat market. His birth occurred in Ohio on: the 17th of September, 1856, his parents being John and Lucinda
(Doudle) Morris, who were natives of Ohio and Virginia respectively.' Both passed away in the Buckeye state. They
had a family of six children, all of whom still survive.
Austin J. Morris attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and spent the period of his minority
under the parental roof. When twenty one years of age he came to Marion county, Iowa, and subsequently took up
his abode in Bussey, where he is now conducting a well appointed grocery and meat market, owning a large double
store and having one of the best establishments of the kind in the county. An extensive patronage is accorded him
that is indeed well deserved, for he studies the wishes of his customers and enjoys an enviable reputation as a
courteous, enterprising and reliable merchant. He owns two handsome residences in Bussey and also four hundred
and eighty acres of land in Canada.
As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Morris chose Mrs. Anna (Hazlett) Martin, a native of Ohio
and a daughter of John Hazlett, deceased. Our subject and his wife have two daughters: Mabel B., who gave her hand
in marriage to Thomas Flockhart, of Bussey; and Winnie L., the wife of Joseph Phoenix, also of Bussey. By her first
husband Mrs. Morris had three children, namely: Barbara, who is the widow of Ed P. Adams; Charles, who is a resident
of Monroe county, Iowa; and John, deceased.
Mr. Morris is a republican in his political views but has never sought nor desired office as a reward for his party
fealty. He and his family attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a man of exemplary habits
and strict integrity, and all who know him entertain for him the highest regard and esteem.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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