Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/10/2009 at 11:43:17
Alfred Morgan, is a retired farmer, land owner and prominent citizen now living retired in the village of Ogden, and his connection with Boone county and its interests covers a period of twenty-eight years. He is a native of Cambridgeshire, England, born October 7, 1843, and is son of William and Rebecca N (Hart) Morgan, both of whom were also native of the “Merrie Isle.” The father there engaged in carpentering and in cabinet making, following those pursuits in England until 1857, when with his family he sailed for America landing in New York city on July 6, 1857. He went direct to Bureau county, Illinois, and there worked at this trade for two years, after which he turned his attention to farming upon a tract of land in Bureau county. In 1875 he put aside agricultural pursuits, however, and lived retired form active labor until his death, which occurred January 28, 1892. For but a brief period he had survived his wife, who died on November 19, 1990. In their family were six children, the eldest being the subject of this review. The others are: William, a resident farmer of Bureau county, Illinois, Isaac, who died a the age of nine years, John, who married Margaret J Miller and is a retired farmer now living in Ogden, Arthur, who died at the age of six years, and David, who is living upon the old homestead farm in bureau county, Illinois.
Alfred Morgan, of this review, spent the first fourteen years of his life in the land of his nativity and then came with his parents to the Unties States. When twenty-one years of age he started out upon an independent business career and was engaged in farming in bureau county, Illinois, for six years. As a companion and helpmate on life’s journey he chose Miss Rosamond M Tilson, their wedding being celebrated on November 28, 1866, her parents being T T and Sarah (Ballard) Tilson, of Princeton, Illinois. Her father was a carpenter and builder by trade, but after his removal to Boone county, Iowa he engaged in farming in Peoples township until his death, which occurred in March 1892. His widow still resides in Wyanet. Unto Mr and Mrs Morgan have been born six children: William L, who married Dora Caylor, is a farmer living in Peoples township, A A (better known as Fred) married Laura Jenner and is also a farmer of Peoples township. Clyde C, carries on agricultural pursuits in Marcy township, Amy L is the wife of Percy Clark, a resident farmer of Peoples township. Ralph D follows farming in Marcy township. Jessie B is at home.
After his marriage Mr Morgan engaged in farming and in the operation of a threshing machine in Bureau county, Illinois, until the spring of 1874, when he resolved to establish his home in Boone county, Iowa, and settled in Peoples township. Here he purchased a tract of land and at once began its improvement. As time passed and his financial resources increased he afterward added to that property and also bought land in Marcy township. He was successfully engaged in general farming and stock raising until 1901, when he removed to Ogden and purchased wheat was known as the Charles Baker residence, which is a nice modern home of one of the main streets of Ogden, and here Mr Morgan has since lived retired. He has made judicious investment in property as the years have gone by, and now owns between 7 and 8 hundred acres in Boone county, both in Marcy and Peoples townships, upon which his sons are now living. He is a stanch Democrat in his political views, unswerving in his allegiance tot eh party. Socially he is connected with the Rhodes Lodge, No 303, F & A M of Ogden. He has become very widely and favorably known throughout Boone county and is a man of genuine worth who was active in business and has always been found to be reliable and trustworthy in all life’s relations.
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