Joseph Charles “Joe” Morgan

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Joseph Charles “Joe” Morgan

  • Birth 27 Oct 1879 Oak City, Millard County, Utah, USA
  • Death 7 Nov 1969 Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
  • Plot 2-30-B-6
  • Memorial ID 25262371

Joseph Charles (Joe) Morgan was born on October 27, 1879, in Oak City, Millard County, Utah, the son of Nancy Jane Radford and Thomas Morgan.

During his early childhood he lived in the small community of Leamington in Millard County, located a few miles north of his birth place, Oak City. He lived in an adobe house there that his father, Thomas Morgan built for his second wife Nancy Jane. This house is still standing on it's original site.

When Joseph was about 9 years old, in 1888, his family sold the house and farm in Leamington and moved to Star Valley Wyoming where his family, along with about 50 Radford and Morgan relatives founded the community of Etna in present Lincoln County. Later in life he wrote down some memories of life in Wyoming. His most prominent memories are of the terribly long, cold winters, starved livestock, and failed crops. At the age of 11 or 12 his family, along with many of his relatives moved to Poplar in Bonneville County, Idaho in 1891.

At the age of 24 he married Melissa Bassett, the daughter of Edwin Bassett and Emily Ann Atkinson. Joseph first met Melissa (called Liz by her friends) at a dance and had a brief courtship. When they decided to marry September 7, 1904 in Logan, Utah, they took the train to Cache Valley, Utah, where Melissa had grown up. They stayed there in Clarkston for a time with Melissa's aunt Tillie and uncle Alfred Atkinson (Emily's brother) and were married in the Logan LDS Temple 7 September 1904.

As a married couple, Joseph and Melissa Morgan first settled on a homestead in the rural tract of Poplar, in Bonneville County Idaho, about 16 miles east of Idaho Falls. Like his father Thomas Morgan, Joseph was a farmer and was active in the LDS Church. While living in Poplar he served for some time as the Bishop of the local ward, and also worked on community projects such as the construction of a dam across Anderson Canal. His formal education amounted to about two years of grammar school. Joseph farmed for many years in Poplar, and in the hills south of Poplar where he worked with his older brother Tom (John Thomas) Morgan, and his brother-in-law John Nebel, raising mainly wheat by the dry-farm method (without irrigation).

While in Poplar between 1904 and 1922 Joseph and Melissa had nine children, three of whom died in infancy. In about 1922 the family fell on hard economic times and had to give up the farm. They then moved to Idaho Falls where Joseph got a part time job in the Lincoln Sugar Mill which produced sugar from the many sugar beets grown in the area. During this time they had their tenth child, Cecil. After a year or so at Idaho Falls, the Joseph Morgan Family moved to the nearby community of Moreland in Bingham County, where they were able to rent a farm. While living there they had their eleventh child, Raymond in 1924. Their eleven children are: Thomas Edwin Morgan, Joseph Albert Morgan, Emily Jane Morgan Crockett Voss, Mamie Luella Morgan, Alma Lyman Morgan, Florence Melissa Morgan, Lila Mary Morgan, James Ammon Morgan, Heber Anthony Morgan, Cecil Parley Morgan and Raymond Edgar Morgan.

In about 1924 the family gave up their efforts to farm in eastern Idaho. But they had apparently done well enough to buy a Model T Ford which they used to drive to Emmett in Gem County, western Idaho, a move which took them three days of troublesome driving. While at Emmett, Joseph Morgan worked for the Boise Payette sawmill. But even though he was paid over $4.00 per day, possibly more than he had ever been paid, he still preferred to try farming again. So after a year at the sawmill, he rented a farm in Montour, about 20 miles northeast of Emmett, in Gem County. But even after the family moved to Montour, Joseph still had to work at times at the saw mill. Their sons, Edwin and Alma, did much of the farm work. Lila remembered one of her chores while in Montour was taking care of turkeys. She also remembered that the family canned one year up to 700 quarts of fruit and vegetables, most of which was grown in their own gardens. Daughter Florence mentioned that of all the places they lived, Montour was her favorite.

While the family lived in western Idaho, their oldest daughter Emily married George Howard Pitman, whose family had once lived in Milo/Ucon just a few miles from the Morgans in eastern Idaho prior to their migration to Emmett.

In 1927, the Morgan family left Montour, and went to Glenns Ferry, a rather isolated community on the Snake River in Elmore County, Idaho. While there, their daughter Mamie married Owen Crocket. After about a year there, the family moved to Eden in Jerome County, south central Idaho. At Eden they farmed for two years, raising dry beans and potatoes on newly opened land, some of which Joseph and the older sons cleared themselves. In 1931, after rather unsuccessful efforts at Eden they moved to Dietrich in Lincoln County, south central Idaho. There they obtained a small farm and persuaded their daughter Emily and her husband George H. Pitman to move to a farm next to them. They stayed in Dietrich for the next ten years, eking out a living during the Depression years. The younger Morgan children attended school in Dietrich. Four members of the family married while living in Dietrich: Florence married Lee Wessel in 1934, Edwin married Thelma Morgan in 1934, Alma married Lucille Cooper in 1935 and Lila married Homer Anderson in 1935.

In September 1941, Joseph and Melissa finally gave up farming, moved the remainder of their family (Cecil and Raymond) to Roy, Weber County, Utah, where they operated an auto service station. By this time most of the older children had married and started families of their own. In 1945, Joseph and Melissa retired to Fruit Heights Davis County, Utah, where they tended a small orchard of fruit trees behind their small home at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains.

In remembering their father their children mentioned his good nature, warmth, and friendliness. He had light brown hair, was medium in height and had a slim build. He had good health until his last few years when he had considerable memory loss possibly due to Alzheimer's disease and was unable to care for himself. His daughter Mamie and son Raymond, both of whom lived nearby, took care of him until his death in Ogden, Utah on November 1969 at the age of 90. They are buried together in the Kaysville, Utah Cemetery.

Joseph Charles Morgan Life Sketch by Leon Pitman





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 25262371
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