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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

Joseph L. Morlan
Contributed by Judy Richter

The Waterloo Press

Thursday, August 29, 1878


  <>            Joseph L Morlan died at his residence in this place at 11:30 p. m., on Friday, August 23, 1878, in the 45th year of his age.  He had been in very poor health, for several months, and had returned from a trip to Colorado only a few weeks before his death, where he had gone in the vain hope that his health might be benfited.  Mr. Morlan was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, where he grew up to manhood, in the later years of his residence in Ohio teaching school and studying law.  About the year 1859 he removed to LaGrange, Ind., where he acted for some time as deputy county clerk.  During the rebellion he, for some time, acted in a clerical capacity in the office of the clerk of the Supreme court and in the Governor’s office, at Indianapolis, in the meantime keeping up his study of the law.  While he resided at LaGrange, he was married to Jennie, daughter and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Askey, now residents of this place.  Five children were born to this marriage, and with the mother now survive the head of the family.  After leaving Indianapolis, Mr. Morlan resided temporarily for a short time in Ft. Wayne and LaGrange, but located in Waterloo, just after the close of the war, where he has ever since resided.  By his industry and good management, he had accumulated, besides a comfortable home, other property, the amount of which cannot now be estimated.  For two terms he held the office of Prosecuting Attorney, in the old Common Pleas Court, and discharged its duties to the satisfaction of the public.  The very large attendance, at the funeral services on Sunday, was a testimony to the loss the community had suffered in his death.

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