Robert R. Morledge, who is living retired in Hastings, is well known and highly esteemed there and for about
ten years served as justice of the peace. His birth occurred in Jennings county, Indiana, on the 16th of July,
1840, and he is a son of John R. and Maria Louise (Branham) Morledge, the former a native of England. He was reared
at home and received his education in the public schools of Indiana, which he attended until he was sixteen or
seventeen years old. He removed westward to Iowa when eighteen years of age and located at Clarinda, where he remained
until the 11th of July, 1861. On that date he enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and went to the front
with that command. He took part in the battle of Pea Ridge and in 1863 was honorably discharged for disability.
He desired to be of some service to his country, however, and went into the commissary department, in which he
remained until the close of the war. He then returned to Clarinda, Iowa, and remained there until 1871, during
which time he engaged in the grocery business. In 1873 he came to Hastings, Adams county, Nebraska, and became
identified with business circles as the owner of the leading store in the town. He built the Morledge block, which
he occupied for a time, after which he sold out, and then engaged in the furniture business for about eight months.
On disposing of his interests in that connection he turned his attention to the real estate and insurance field,
in which he was active until 1898. He was then elected justice of the peace and with the exception of three years,
which be spent in California, he held that office continuously until 1910, his repeated reelection indicating the
high esteem in which he is held. Since 1911 he has lived retired from the cares of business and official life,
enjoying a period of leisure which is well deserved. He was farsighted and progressive as a merchant, was impartial
as justice of the peace and as a citizen has always sought to advance the public interests.
On the 13th of October, 1863, Mr. Morledge was united in marriage to Miss Phoebe J. McMullen, a daughter of Stephen
and Phoebe (Loy) McMullen, both natives of Ohio. Three sons and three daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Morledge, namely: Effa and Fred, both deceased; Burt, who is living at home; Edgar Robert and Lula, both deceased;
and Ina Evelyn, who is the wife of Bruce Brown, of North Platte, and has two children, Robert J. and Dorothy Jane.
Mr. Morledge supports the republican party at the polls and in addition to holding the office of justice of the
peace was for two terms a member of the town board and for one term a member of the school board. His religious
faith is that of the Presbyterian church. Through his membership in the Grand Army of the Republic he keeps in
touch with others who went to the defense of the Union and he has at all times been characterized by patriotism.
He began his career empty handed but his industry and good management have been rewarded and he is now in excellent
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