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John P. Morstad


John P. Morstad, who since 1886 has resided upon the farm which he now occupies in Waterloo township, is one of the most successful and able farmers in this vicinity, each year of his residence here having witnessed his increasing prosperity and prominence. He was born in Norway in 1857 and his parents lived and died in that country. He there acquired his education and in 1878 crossed the Atlantic and came to America, settling immediately in Allamakee county, Iowa, where for a time he worked at various occupations. Eventually, however, he turned his attention to farming, buying in 1886 the property whereon he has since resided. He owns ninety-three and a half acres in Waterloo township and has here a well improved farm, with forty acres in a high state of cultivation, yielding him a gratifying annual income.

In 1887 Mr. Morstad married Miss Martha Eide, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of Elling Eide, who was born in Norway, and who came among the early settlers to this section of the state. He and his wife died upon the farm which the subject of this review now owns. He was one of the most extensive landowners and prosperous farmers of this vicinity, owning two hundred and eighty acres, upon which he carried on general farming and stock-raising. Mr. and Mrs. Morstad became the parent of five children. Ella, born in 1888 who was a trained nurse, married Alfred Rognlien, of Aneta, North Dakota. Edgar, whose birth occurred in 1889, is residing in Waukon, where he is district clerk. Leonard, who was born in 1891, is a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nellie, the next member of the family, was born in 1893. James was born in 1896 and is attending school. The family are all members of the Lutheran church.

Mr. Morstad gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is public-spirited and progressive in matters of citizenship, taking an active interest in movements for community growth and advancement. He has served as township trustee and as a member of the school board for many years, his duties in both connections being discharged in a capable and far-sighted way. Throughout his entire life he has been actuated by worthy aims and high standards and he receives his reward in the esteem in which he is held by the entire community of which he has been long an long an honored resident.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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