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History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.

Pages 543-545

E[mmett]. H[ugh]. MORROW, the pioneer merchant of Newhall, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, June 1, 1860, and is a son of William and Mary Ann (Burns) Morrow, both natives of Ireland. William Morrow died in 1872, at the age of sixty-two, and his widow died in 1878, at the age of sixty-one years. They were parents of nine children, four of whom survive, namely: John, of Miller, South Dakota; Anna, wife of Samuel MeGrahanan, of Newhall; William, of Omaha, Nebraska, and E. H., of Newhall, Iowa. William Morrow came to the United States in 1844, and first made his home in Belmont county, Ohio, where he was joined by his wife in 1846; they removed to Guernsey county, Ohio, and in 1866 came to Linn county, Iowa, where both he and his wife died. He was a farmer all his life.

E. H. Morrow was reared on a farm and received a common school education. His father died when he was twelve years old, and his mother when he was eighteen. He began working on a farm, and in the fall of 1881, having reached his majority, he went into the lumber business at Newhall, this being the first business started in the town; the railroad was then being built. He had several different partners, and at one time conducted the lumber, grain, live stock, coal, hardware and implement business of the town. In 1900, after the death of Mr. Morrow's partner, the business was divided, and he retained the lumber and hardware business. He afterwards sold the lumber business, and in 1905 sold his entire business, but in 1907 he repurchased the hardware and implement business, which he now carries on with profit.

For a number of years Mr. Morrow owned and operated the tile factory at Newhall; he still owns it, but for the past two years has rented it. He owns his store buildings, besides a beautiful modern house in Newhall, and also owns two hundred and forty acres of improved land in Madison county, Iowa. Politically Mr. Morrow is a Democrat, and he served as township clerk several years, also in various other offices. He is a progressive and energetic business man and a public-spirited, useful citizen. He is actively interested in public affairs, and has the confidence of his fellow townsmen. He and his family attend the Presbyterian church, and he is a member of Valentine Lodge, Knights of Pythias.

Besides his other business interests Mr. Morrow is vice president of the Newhall Savings Bank, which office he has held since its organization in 1894. He has been very successful in all his business enterprises.

Mr. Morrow married, December 23, 1884, Jennie E. Wilson, who was born in Eden township, Benton county, Iowa, April 2, 1861, and is a daughter of Robert M. and Isabella (Evans) Wilson. Mr. Wilson was born in Hancock county, Ohio, November 9, 1827, and died September 8, 1891. Mrs. Wilson was born in Brown county, Ohio, January 5, 1835, and now lives in Pueblo, Colorado, with a daughter. They were parents of thirteen children, eight of whom are living, namely: Elmer E., of Huron, South Dakota; Mrs. Morrow; James P., of Oklahoma; Margaret, wife of E. M. Baldridge, of Jackson township, Benton county; Frank, of South Dakota; Rose, wife of W. Y. Worrell, of South Dakota; Delia, wife of Frank Parkwell, of Eads, Colorado; and Sadie, wife of Frank Downley, of Pueblo. Mr. Wilson was married in Indiana, and in 1857 came to Iowa, driving a wagon; they located in Eden township, Benton county, where they entered one hundred and sixty acres of land. They improved the land, and cultivated it until 1888, and then removed to South Dakota, where the father died. Mrs. Wilson returned to Benton county, where she lived three years before removing to Pueblo.

Mr. Morrow and his wife have three children, as follows: Merrill, of Cedar Rapids; Hazel E., attending college at Cedar Rapids; and Wilson E., at home.

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