Biography of Walter Morse
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Morse, Walter, p. o. Eaton. - Joseph Morse came from Natick, Mass., in 1797, and took up land in the south part of Eaton, where now stands the village of that name. Here the pioneer spent his days, living the life of a farmer, and also dealing extensively in cattle and produce. He was a prominent figure in town affairs and one of the leading men of the county in his time. His wife, Eunice (Bigelow) Morse, was a noted woman in the town and raised to maturity a large family of children, who were in later years useful and prominent men and women in business and social life. In her house Dr. Kendrick was a frequent visitor and here through their discussions were taken the first steps which led to the founding of Colgate University, and it was for some time a question whether that institution should be established at Eaton village or at Hamilton. The children of Joseph and Eunice (Bigelow) Morse were Ellis; Eunice, who married Dr. Pratt and removed to Missouri; Joseph, who started the first grist mill in Eaton on the site of the present mill; Sophia, who married George Ellis; Lucy, who married Rev. Joseph Griswold; Calvin. who died in Eaton; Alpheus, who was one of the most active and energetic men in the county, and who with his brother Ellis were among the foremost business men of the region, they having built a hotel and three store buildings, and as well were instrumental in founding schools, churches and other institutions; Bigelow, who died in Fabius. Ellis Morse was born in 1789 and spent almose his entire life in this town. In addition to the interests previously noted, he founded and built the once famous Eaton Academy and was for many years its mainstay and support. Ellis Morse's first wife was Lora Ayer; their children were Jane M., of Eaton; Janette S., who carried Rollin Coman; Gardner, who died in 1897; Martha A., who married Dr. W. C. Tenney, and Andrew B., who entered the Presbyterian ministry. Mr. Morse's second wife was Adeline Baggy, by whom he had these children: Adeline, wife of Amos O. Osborne; Walter of Eaton; Henry B., lieutenant colonel 114th N. Y. Vols., and who died in 1874, then being circuit judge in Arkansas; Alfred A., who also served in the 114th Regiment and received his death wound at Cedar Creek; and Hartwell Morse, who has lived in Binghamton since 1864, and for many years has been cashier of the City National Bank. Ellis Morse died October 15, 1869. Walter Morse was born February 25, 1835. and has been a life long resident of Eaton village. He was educated in the academy founded by his father, after which he worked six years as clerk for Butler & Burritt. On February 22, 1859, in company with A. N. Wood, he began building portable and agricultural steam engines, the concern being the third of its kind in the United States. The business had been established by Mr. Wood in 1852, and from the outset was a successful enterprise. In 1860 Loyal C. Taber came into the business and then was established the firm of Wood, Taber & Morse, one of the bestknown firms in engine building in the country. It continued until 1892, when both Messrs. Wood and Taber died, whereupon Mr. Morse closed the works in the year following. When running at full capacity about seventy five men were employed, and an engine was turned out daily. Aside from his active business life Mr. Morse has ever taken an earnest interest in all that pertained to the welfare of the town and has always been regarded as an upright, public spirited citizen. He has always been a Republican, though taking no active part in politics. He has been one of the deacons of the Eaton Congregational church since 1877. On February 3, 1862, Mr. Morse married H. Celeste, daughter of Richard M. Davis of Eaton. Their children are Ellis W. Morse, treasurer of the Binghamton Wagon Co., and Ada R., wife of O. Webstor Mott of the Standard Harrow Co. of Utica.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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