Biography of John P. Morsch
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Morsch, John P., was born in Germany in 1847. His father, Peter Borsch, was born in Prussia, Germany, emigrated to this country in 1850, and settled in Perkinsville, where he died in 1880, aged fifty six years. His wife Mary died at Perkinsville in 1870, aged thirty eight years. They had two children: John P., as above; and Michael, who was born in 1849, and resides in Perkinsville. John P. emigrated to this country with his parents when three years of age. He was educated in the common schools of Perkinsville, also attended the Catholic school, where he learned English and German. At fourteen years of age he started for himself by working in the flouring mill, where he remained for two years, thence to Hemlock Lake, where he engaged in the same business for one year. He then went to Honeoye, where he worked over five years, after which he went to Patchinsville, where, in company with Joseph Tompkins, they run a mill one year, thence to Perkinsville, where they rented a mill, which they run ten years, after which they dissolved partnership and Mr. Morsch run the mill for two years. In 1887 hem bought the Patchiusville mill, which was the first flouring mill in the county, erected by Dr. Warren Patchin, one of the first settlers, moved there, and run the same until 1889, when it burned. He moved back to Perkinsville and run that mill in partnership with E. M. Fowler for one year, after which he built a new mill at Patchinsville, which he has run to the present time. It is now a roller mill. In 1886 Mr. Mersch was elected supervisor of the town of Wayland, on the Republican ticket, and was reelected in 1887. In 1894 he was elected to the same office for a term of two years. In 1881 he married Mary Bricks, of Perkinsville, where she was born in 1854, by whom he has six children: Katie, John S., Lizzie, Stephen, Anna, and Mary.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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