Alden Morse was born in Phipsburg, and is a son of Richard and Jane Morse. He worked with his father, cultivating
a large farm and operating a saw mill, during his minority, after which he became interested, with his father and
brothers, in the manufacture of lumber at Winnegance, doing an extensive and lucrative business which they continued,
in connection with the building of ships, at Winnegance and subsequently at Bath, on a large scale. Mr. Morse was
always a worker, and while operating a buzz saw in his mill had the misfortune to meet with a fatal accident, prematurely
ending his days while in the prime of life, May 7, 1875. He married Miss Louisa Lee, by whom he had a son, Charles,
and a daughter, Jane. His wife dying, he married Miss Mary Elizabeth Averill, of Wiscasset, and their children
are Horace Gray, John Alden, and Clarence Morse. The two elder brothers when of an age to enter business, in 1888,
commenced ship building, launching three large schooners, at Bath, in 1890. Horace G. had the misfortune of being
run over in Bath, by a hose cart of the fire department, while trying to assist during a fire, and was killed.
The brother, John A., still continues the business. Mrs. Morse moved to Bath, where the family now reside. In 1870,
when the ice business had commenced on the Kennebec, Mr. Alden Morse undertook the enterprise of purchasing and
converting the Parkers Head mill pond into an ice pond, and taking his brother, John, into partnership, successfully
carried on the ice business.
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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