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H. A. Morrison

 H A MORRISON is an intelligent and enterprising citizen of Cedar Township.  He was born in Essex County, New York, in 1847, and is a son of Bradley and Betsey (Hilliard) Morrison, natives of Vermont.  Young Morrison was reared in his native State, in Clinton County.  At an early age he was intrusted with the responsibility of operating a stationary engine.  At the age of twenty-four years, desiring to see the West, he started on a tour which did not stop until the Pacific Coast had been reached.  He first went to Lake Superior and embarked in the coal business and in 1875 he removed to Wyoming Territory continuing the same occupation for one year.  He then went to Southern Utah, and thence traveled to California, where he was still engaged in the coal business.  After leaving California, he settled in Leadville, Colorado, where he devoted his time to the coal trade.  From Leadville he came to Cherokee County, where he was engaged in the agricultural implement business for one year.  He then bought his farm, which consisted of 240 acres of well-improved land.  The improvements were commenced by Mr. Nettleton, but most of them have been carried out by Mr. Morrison.  He has a substantial residence, erected at a cost of $1,600, a good barn, sheds and feed lots presenting a neat, thrifty appearance. Mr. Morrison was united in marriage in May, 1883, at Leadville, Colorado to Miss Ruth Ann Evans, of Johnson County, Kansas, a daughter of Andrew F. Evans, a member of the Society of Friends, who was one of the first settlers of Johnson County.  Andrew F. Evans was born in North Carolina, and lived for many years in Hamilton County, Indiana.  His wife was Abigail Willson, who was also a native of North Carolina.  Mr. and Mrs. Morrison are the parents of two children: Harry Wilmot and Betsey Elizabeth.  Mr. Morrison is a member of Specualative Lodge, No. 307, A. F. & A. M. ; of Burning Bush Chapter, No. 90, R.A.M.; and of Crusade Commandery, No. 39, K. T.  Politcally he affiliates with the Republican party.  By strict habits of honesty and industry he has gained an enviable standing in the community.

 Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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