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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
William Morgan, of the firm of Hoyer & Morgan, publishers of the Oelwein Register, has the honor of being a native born citizen of Iowa. He was born in Black Hawk County, June 12, 1864, his parents being Jesse and Lucinda (Bozarth) Morgan. Our subject received liberal educational advantages in his youth and was thereby fitted for the position which he now fills. After attending the common schools for a time he entered the State Normal, later was a student in the Northern Indiana Normal School and Business Institute. In 1885 he began business for himself in the grocery line at Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa, where he continued one year. Prior to this time he had spent one summer in Colorado and Nebraska and then went into business. After quitting the grocery trade, in July, 1886, he made a trip to Idaho and Montana, returning in December of that year to Parkersburg. After teaching school for a time in Butler County, he came to Oelwein, and on the 20th of May, 1887, formed the existing partnership with Mr. Hoyer. Mr. Morgan does the editorial and outside work and under the able management of its proprietors the Oelwein Register is in a flourishing condition. In his political affiliations, Mr. Morgan is a Republican, and socially holds membership in Pahduhnee Lodge, No. 194, K. of P., of which he is the present Chancellor Commander.
Mr. Morgan's father came to Iowa in 1852, was married at West Liberty, and settled in Black Hawk County, near Cedar Falls, where he is engaged in farming. His father was born on Staten Island, N. Y., September 1, 1811, and his mother was a native of Virginia. He was a sea-faring man in early life and during the gold excitement in California, in 1849 made a trip to the Pacific Coast. In politics he is a supporter of Republican principles.
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