Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca,
Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano,
containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and
of many of the Early Settled Families.
Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co 1895
Copied & transcribed by our dear friend, Elaine O’ Leary
a representative hustling self-made man, and a representative citizen of Eagle
River, Vilas county, is a native of England, born, in 1847, in the county of
His father, also named James, and of the same nativity, married Sophia Carey, by
whom he had ten children, three of whom died in infancy, the others being James,
Mary, Peter, Alfred, Fannie, Caroline and Elizabeth, all still living in England
(as are also the parents) except James (our subject), and Mary, who is in
Australia. Our subject received a liberal public-school education in his native
country, where, later, he worked in a gunpowder factory. In 1869 he paid a visit
to America, and returning to England was married October 30, 1873, to Miss Anna
Gander. The young couple soon afterward emigrating to the United States and to
Wisconsin, making their first New-World home in Menominee, Mich., to which
locality Mr. Morgan had already paid a visit. Here they remained till 1877, in
which year they moved to Clintonville, where they followed farming until 1887.
Mr. Morgan not making a success of this, sold out there and removed to
Wittenberg, Shawano county, and established a grocery and bakery in which
business he made a fair success during the four years he carried it on; but
seeing better advantages at Eagle River, he sold out and removed thither,
building his present fine store and bakery, where he conducts a lucrative
business, keeping a large, stock of goods, and discounting his own bills. Five
children have been born to himself and wife, named respectively: Louis, Emma L.,
Alfred B., Perry L. and Arthur S., all at home.
In politics Mr. Morgan was formerly a Republican, but has been a Democrat since
1885. Socially he is a member of the F. & A. M., and treasurer of his Lodge. The
family are members of the Congregational Church.