From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 440
Mr. and Mrs. George Morse. The name of Mr. and Mrs. George Morse needs no introduction to the people of Reedsburg, nor, may it be added, to the people of Sauk County. For nearly half a century leaders in the social, civic and educational life of the community, and occupying a position of honor and respect in the vicinity in which their lives have been spent, this couple enjoyed everything that prosperity could bring. A widower now, his wife having been taken to her rest a few years ago, Mr. Morse still maintains his spacious home in the city where he spends much of his time.
George Thompson Morse was born in Delaware Co., N.Y., June 17, 1852, and was the only son of Hiram A. Morse and his wife, Mary Mackey. His father, Hiram A. Morse, was born May 18, 1820, in Gilboa, Schoharie Co., N.Y., son of Jacob Morse. Hiram received his education in Albany, and on July 17, 1851, married Mary Mackey. Their first years were spent in Hobart, Delaware, Co., N.Y., from there they moved to Scranton, Penn. While residing in the latter place Hiram A. Morse enlisted in the Northern Army of the Civil War, and lost his life in battle.
Mary Mackey was born to Daniel and Polly (King) Mackey, Nov. 23, 1832, in Gilboa, Schoharie Co., N.Y., which was the ancestral patrimony of the Mackey family. Her paternal great-grandfather, Alexander Mackey, married Thankful Tuthill, and aside from that fact, little is known of him. Their son Solomon Mackey, whose wife was Naomi Jennings, died April 19, 1832, leaving a son, Daniel, who was the father of Mary Mackey Morse. Daniel Mackey died in early life and his daughter Mary grew to womanhood in the East, spending most of her time in New York state, until her removal, with her husband, to Scranton, Penn.
George T. Morse was ten years of age when his father entered the army in which he was killed. When the father enlisted, the mother and son returned to Gilboa, and resided there until 1867. In that year our subject, at the age of fifteen, came to Reedsburg where he has made his home since. In 1869 the mother came to Reedsburg, where she ever after resided. On Sept. 7, 1878 she was married to Mortimer Finch, a prominent harnessmaker of the town. Her death occurred Aug 14, 1901.
Our subject spent three years in the Reedsburg schools, after which he accepted a position in the Reedsburg Bank, which he held until 1875. At that time he became connected with the First National Bank of Lincoln, Nebraska, with which he remained until 1879. On June 4th of that year he was married to Miss Bell Ward, whose acquaintance he had made in Florida in the winter of 1877-78. Mrs. Morse was born March 21, 1852, in Croy, N.Y., daughter of Hiram and Emma (Hammond) Ward. Her father was born June 4, 1822, in Castleton, Vt.; married Emma Hammond, March 26, 1852. She was born Jan. 21, 1830, West Croy, N.Y., daughter of Dr. Hammond. Hiram Ward was closely identified with the early history of Buffalo, N.Y., and was a director of that city's first water system. Later the Ward family removed to Dubuque, Iowa, where they resided at the time of our subject's marriage. Upon retiring Mr. and Mrs. Ward, moved to Washington, D.C., where their deaths occurred, his Nov. 26, 1905; hers, May 28, 1911.
Upon their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Morse took up residence in Reedsburg where he held the position of cashier of the Reedsburg Bank, until 1887. In that year he resigned his position and organized the Citizens Bank, with which he was an officer for thirty-three years, acting, first as cashier and later as president, which position he held until his retirement in 1920. He is still closely connected with the bank. Mrs. Morse died Jan. 23, 1926.
Mr. and Mrs. Morse had two children, Emma Ward Morse, born Oct. 28, 1882, and now of Oak Park, Ill.; and Ward Morse, born Sept. 2, 1885. He married, Oct. 22, 1915, Ernestine Elizabeth Woempner. She died in Minneapolis some time ago.
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