|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1925|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1952|
Dallas Morse County's First '52 Polio Victim
Muskegon County listed it's first polio fatality of 1952 today with the death this morning of Dallas B Morse, 26 years old, 1237 James Street. Mr Morse died shortly before 8 am today, just three days after being admitted to Hackley Hospital. The attending physician attributes his death to polio encephalitis, one of the most virulent of the polio strains.
Mr Morse was a lifelong resident of Muskegon, born here Christmas Day Dec 25, 1925. He attended Muskegon Senior High School, where he was an outstanding football player and graduated with the class of 1944.
A veteran of World War II, Mr Morse served with the US Air Force from 1944 to 1945 being discharged with the rank of private first class. He was employed for a time at Norge Division until becoming Sales Manager of Langlois Refrigeration Sales and Service.
Mr Morse married the former Phyllis Anderson in Muskegon Oct 20, 1945. he was a member of the Muskegon "M" Club, Noachite Lodge No 47, F & AM, the American Legion Muskegon Heights Post and attended the Forest Homes Reformed Church.
Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Paula Rae, and a son, Ronald W Morse, both at home; his parents Mr and Mrs Oliver H Morse, and a brother Raymond all of Muskegon, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs Amy Maynard of Hesperia.
Mr Morse's death followed by one day that of his brother-in-law, Lynn Lee Plummer. Lynn Lee Plummer, 59 years old, 1716 Sanford Street, who died at Hackley Hospital yesterday morning after an illness of two months. Mrs Morse and Mrs Plummer are sisters. (Note: this is incorrect...Lynn L Plummer was the father-in-law of Phyllis Morse's sister, Dorothy Plummer.)
The increase of polio cases in Muskegon reflected a situation true throughout the country, according to wire services which reported that poliomyelitis cases took a 70 per cent jump for the week ending July 12. The total for that week was 1,047 compared to 621 for the previous week. The July 12 total however may included some cases unreported during the week ending July 5 because of the July 4th holiday.
Oliver H Morse (1894 - 1958)
Cora Maynard Morse (1899 - 1986)
Phyllis Anderson Balkema (1925 - 2002)*
Mona View Cemetery
Created by: Laura Plummer Ranville
Record added: Dec 31, 2009
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