Sep 3 1954
Morton Thrall Elliott, 75, a retired Harmony township farmer and Hereford cattle breeder of Midwest reputation and a scion of one of Posey
county's mot prominent families, died peacefully in his sleep early this
morning at WelbornMemorialBaptistHospital in Evansville.
Death was the result of a complication of diseases which had hospitalized him
several times in the last two years and which had forced his retirment. For the last two years he and his wife had
resided in Evansville. He entered the hospital 10 days ago from their
residence at 826 South Governor street.
The body is at the Shoulz-Werry Funeral Home in New Harmony.
A family service at the ShoultzWerry
chapel at Sunday will precede a service at at JohnsonMemorialMethodistChurch in New Harmony of which Mr. Elliott and his wife were
members. Burial will be in the Elliott
family plot in Maple Hill cemetery.
Surviving are the wife, Lou Bailey Elliott, whose marriage to Mr. Elliott took
place 43 years ago; a brother, Elmer E Elliott, New Harmony, who observed his 89th birthday last
Friday, a sister, Mrs. Joseph E. Kelley, Mt.Vernon, and nieces and nephews. - Miss Helen
Elliott, and John B. Elliott, New Harmony; Mrs Willis
Hickam Spencer; Mrs. Ray C. Thomas, Gary; Mrs. W. A.
Riggs, Green Bay Wis.; Mrs. William Long, New York and Nelson E. Kelley Mt.
Mr. Elliott was the youngest child of John Bennett Elliott and Helen Augusta Soper Elliott representatives of two families identified
with the beginning of New Harmony. His great-grandfather, James Elliott, was an officer in
the Robert Owen Community.
He was born and had spent his entire life in the same home on the picturesque
family homestead three miles south of New Harmony on State Road 69,. One
of his most prized possessions was a bronze plaque awarded by the Indiana
Historical Society to families owning farms more than a hundred years.
The farm originally was the property of his maternal grandfather Virgil Soper.
Mr. Elliott attended New Harmony schools and PurdueUniversity in preparation for an agricultural and
livestock producing career to which he dedicated his industrious life.
As a successful farmer and livestock producer he achieved much prominence.
He was one of the Tri-State's early breeders of purebred Polled Hereford
cattle and, the strain of cattle he produced found its way onto some of the
leading livestock farms of the Central States.
One of his noteworth agricultural accomplishments
that attracted widespread attention including that the PurdueUniversity was his conversion of eroded hillsides
into profitable locust groves.
Although he had identified with the agricultural and civic progress of Posey county for more than half a century he shunned public life.
At one time, however, he was a member and president of the New
Harmony-Harmony Township Consolidated School board of trustees and for many
years was a trustee of Maple Hill Cemetery Association. He was a member
of the board of directors of Posey County Farm Bureau Coop from 1935 to 1941.
His only fraternal affiliation at the time of his death was with the New Harmony lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.