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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Willard W. Morgan.

Willard W. Morgan, who owns three hundred and twenty acres of fine land on sections 16 and 21, Prussia township, is one of the substantial men of his locality and is well and favorably known throughout Adair county.  He was born in Nodaway county, Missouri, August 6, 1867, and is a son of William W. and Jane A. (Pierce) Morgan, an account of whose lives appears in the sketch of W. H. Morgan.  Our subject, who was reared and educated in this county, as he was but a small child when the family removed here, remained under the parental roof until he was of age and then began his independent business career, renting land, which he operated for six and a half years.  At the end of that time he purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 16, Prussia township, and began the improvement of his place at once.  Later he bought additional land and now owns three hundred and twenty acres on sections 16 and 21, to the cultivation of which he devotes his time.  He has resided upon his farm for eighteen years with the exception of two years, which he spent in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he engaged in the coal business and where he was also connected with a brick factory.  He follows up-to-date methods in farming and his well directed efforts yield him a handsome income annually.  In addition to general farming he carries on stock-raising and feeds about two carloads of cattle per year.  He is also a stockholder in the Odd Fellows building at Fontanelle.

Mr. Morgan was married on the 20th of October, 1890, to Miss Ida A. Rice, a daughter of Wilbur and Lavilla (Scott) Rice, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Adair county, Iowa, in 1899, from Monroe, this state.  The father purchased land which his sons cultivated, while he followed the blacksmith's trade.  During the Civil war he served at the front for a year as a member of an Illinois volunteer regiment.  He passed away on the 6th of December, 1901, but is survived by his widow, who makes her home at Wiota, Cass county.  Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are the parents of nine children, namely:  Fred, who was born July 10, 1891;  Grace, born February 4, 1894, and who is now the wife of Charles Rhodes, of Fontanelle;  Goldie, born December 6, 1895, who gave her hand in marriage to William Haughenberry, a farmer of Prussia township;  Elsie, born December 4, 1897;  Elmer, September 5, 1900;  Lyman, September 22, 1903;  Violet, February 5, 1907; and Irene and Inez, twins, November 14, 1910.

The republican party has a loyal and consistent supporter in Mr. Morgan and he has served as chairman of the township committee of that party.  He has also been a school director and takes a great deal of interest in the welfare of the public schools.  His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Fontanelle.  He is recognized as an efficient and enterprising agriculturist and as a good citizen, and all who know him respect him highly.



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