|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1831|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1896|
1st Wife: Emily (Beldin/Belden/Belding) Morrison (4 children)
2nd Wife: Rachel Ellen (West) Wilson (no children)
Death of John W. Morrison
Published in the Lisbon Herald Jan. 17, 1896
Last Saturday morning about eleven o'clock the citizens of Lisbon and vicinity were startled to learn that death had deprived the community of a well-known citizen in the person of John W. Morrison, during the previous night. He was found dead in his room at the Germanian hotel in Clinton, where he had gone some days previous on a business trip. He did not come down to breakfast in the morning and when they called him at ten he was found dead. The result of the inquest was that he died of heart disease. Mr. Morrison was among the best known of our citizens, having lived here for a number of years.
Mr. Morrison was born in Wallingford, Vermont, Nov. 14th, 1831, and was of Scotch descent. His parents belonged to the society of friends, and he was early trained to habits of industry and economy. It was to Mr. Morrison's disadvantage that his opportunities for educating himself were few, his schooling being confined to attending the country schools in his district, but it was his good fortune to possess a comprehensive mind and a studious temperament, and reading and studying in later years made up for the loss of a college education.
His life as a business man, practically date from his sixteenth year, at which time he started out as a traveling salesman for a firm at Gloversville, N. Y. In this, as in all other lines of business in which he had engaged, he proved successful and followed the road for thirteen years, his travels extending over seventeen states. On first coming to Iowa, he settled at Springdale, Cedar county where he made a host of warm friends, as the large business he annually did in that section amply proved. He subsequently removed to Tipton in the same county, and finally settled at Lisbon, Linn County, in 1878.
Mr. Morrison's first experience in the insurance business was in the spring of 1901 when he obtained an agency of the Farmers' Insurance Co. but a few months after its organization, and at the time of his death was one of its leading agents. Mr. Morrison built up a large business by his fair and honest dealing. He succeeded, not because of any particular gift of language, nor yet by sharp practice, but by preserving as his-watchwords "Integrity and industry."
Mr. Morrison was first married in the state of New York and was the father of four children, three of whom are living, the other dying in infancy. His second marriage occurred in Lisbon to Mrs. Rachel Wilson, Dec. 18th, 1879. Sometime during the year 1880 he united with the United Brethren church, where he has since remained. He had many qualities of heart, and mind that endeared him to those who knew him best.
His remains were brought Sunday morning and the funeral was held from the United Brethren church at 2 o'clock. Monday afternoon, conducted by Dr. I.K. Statton. The interment was in the Lisbon cemetery. An elaborate floral offering in the shape of a cross was sent by the Farmers' Insurance Company with the following letter.
Dear Pastor, Elder Station:
In presenting this cross of flowers as: our token of respect we only add that if each to whom he has done a noble act and given a friendly word, could place a rose upon his casket, he would now; rest beneath a wilderness of flowers.
JNO. W. STAHL, per Farmers' Ins. Co.
Samuel Morrison (1775 - 1862)
Rebecca Boyce Morrison (1786 - 1849)
Rachel Ellen West Morrison (1831 - 1911)*
Ernest LeRoy Morrison (1864 - 1945)*
Margaret Morrison Sowle (____ - 1901)*
Candace W. Morrison Hyatt (____ - 1899)*
Isaiah Morrison (1808 - 1898)*
John W Morrison (1831 - 1896)
Created by: Lance W
Record added: Sep 25, 2013
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