MORRIS J. HESS, one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of Springfield Township, where he owns tracts of farming land comprising 283, 40, 17 and 245 acres respectively, was born near Amsterdam, O., May 7, 1847, a son of Charles and Catherine (Springer) Hess.
Charles Hess was probably born in Knox County, Ohio, but after marriage went to live one and a half miles above Amsterdam, where he operated a grist-mill by water-power. His death occurred in 1852, when Morris J. was but five years old, and he died in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was buried at Simmon's Ridge. He was a Republican. Mrs. Hess was seventy years of age when she passed away, and she also was buried at Simmon's Ridge. Mrs. Hess, who bore the maiden name of Catherine Springer, was the daughter of Jacob Springer, and her union with Mr. Hess resulted in the following children: Phoebe Ann, who died when thirteen years of age; and David, Melissa, Morris J., John E., and Charles H.
Morris J. Hess received his education in the schools of Amsterdam, and as a lad worked on the home farm. On October 1, 1878, he was married to Christiana Kelly, daughter of Thomas Kelly, and to this union two children were born: Thomas Wayland, and Cora Nilla, who married Pearle Ashton Moore. After marriage, Mr. Hess settled on his present farm, about fifteen acres of which have been laid out in town lots in the village of Bergholz, and the old Taylor bank, which is not doing business, is also situated on this property. Coal is located under almost all of Mr. Hess's property. It is said that from the barn on the land, then owned by William Kelly, a horse was stolen by Morgan while on one of his raids. Mr. Hess is a member of the United Presbyterian Church, in which he serves as a trustee. He is a Republican in political belief, but is not a politician.