James B. Morris, the poplar postmaster at Scott, Kan., was born Dec. 29, 1868, on a farm in Johnson county, Missouri. He is a son of Albert H. and Mary E. (Wood) Morris, the former born in Franklin county, Ohio, May 10, 1842, and the latter in Seneca county, Ohio, July 26, 1844. Albert H. Morris was a building contractor and removed to Kansas, in 1873, locating on government land in Rush county. The town of Rush Center now covers a part of his early homestead. He was a Republican, and upon the organization of Rush county, in 1874, was appointed the first probate judge, which office he afterward filled four years by election. He died in April, 1902, one of the best known and respected pioneers of Rush county. At Fremont, Ohio, in 1863, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Wood, daughter of William S. Wood and wife, who came to Kansas in 1873. William S. Wood was the first representative in the Kansas state legislature from Rush county and was a citizen of high standing in that community. He died in 1896. Albert H. Morris and wife had three children: Jennie E., born Feb. 19, 1864, is the widow of Henry F. Shiney and resides with her mother on the old homestead, in Rush county; Carrie, born July 26, 1866, died in October, 1883; and James B., is the youngest. James B. Morris was reared in Rush county and received his education in its public schools. At the age of thirteen he entered a printing office at Rush Center to learn the trade and, in 1884, at the age of sixteen, bought an interest in the "Rush County Herald" of Rush Center. Three years later he sold out and established the "Bazine Register" in Bazine, Ness county, which paper he disposed of in 1888, and then retired from the business two years. In 1894 he bought an interest in the "Clarion" at LaCrosse, but disposed of his interest, in 1897, and established the "LaCrosse Republican" of which he was half owner. He sold his interest in that paper, in 1906, and removed to Scott, where in February, 1909, he established the "Scott Republican," of which he stills owns a half interest. Politically he is a Republican and has been a very active worker in the interests of his party, in both county and state politics. In 1910 he was appointed postmaster at Scott and has proved a genial, efficient, and capable official. Fraternally he is a Knight of Pythias, and in church faith and membership is a Presbyterian. On April 29, 1890, at Rush Center, Kan., was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Morris and Miss Rose E., daughter of Samuel Deighton, a pioneer farmer of Rush county. Mrs. Morris was born April 23, 1870, at Kingston, Ill., but has spent the most of her life in Kansas. Of this union one daughter and two sons have been born Lona L., born Jan. 3, 1893; Glenn W., born Oct. 25, 1897; and Keith W., born Sept. 13, 1905.Pages 98-99 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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