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Salem Morse
Sperry Twp.

Salem Morse, farmer, was born in Trafalga, Upper Canada, Feb. 28, 1836. He was the son of William and Lavina (Smith) Morse, who were born in Canada, but were American citizens. His father was a mechanic by trade, and Salem early learned his father's trade.

When he was fifteen years old he removed with his parents to Winnebago County, Ill., where they resided until 1856. The family then removed to West Union Fayette county, where our subject worked at his trade until 1863, when he enlisted in the Seventh Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, Company F.

Mr. Morse was promoted for gallantry to a Second Lieutenancy, and was mustered out after a service of three years and four months. He returned to West Union and worked at his trade for two years, when he removed to his present farm on west half southwest quarter section 1, Sperry Township.

Mr. Morse was married May 15, 1859, to Catherine Tenney, a native of New York. They have had three children - Eva (died 1871), William Salem and Ernest Lund, both at home.

Mr. Morse is a democrat in politics, and has held several local offices of trust.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1102
Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall


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