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Robert A. Morrow

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Robert A. Morrow

Huntington County Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 949406400000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Surnames: Morrow, Logan, Gardner, Unrue
From Huntington County Biographical Memoirs, 1901

One of the influential and wealthy agriculturists of Salamonie township, Huntington county, Indiana, may be classed among the pioneers of the county, his parents coming to this vicinity when he was but a lad. He is a native of Highland county, Ohio. His parents were Alexander and Sarah (Logan) Morrow, the father of Irish and the mother of English ancestry, who were farmers of Highland county, where they owned eighty acres of improved land. In 1845 this property was traded for one hundred and sixty acres of wooded land and a bonus of one thousand dollars, located in Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana. It was late in the fall of that year when the family came to the new possessions, and there being no dwelling on it, they lived with the family of James Patterson for six weeks, until their own house could be got in readiness to receive them. About the first of December they moved into their home of hewed logs, and the father and sons at once began clearing a spot for spring cultivation. Five acres were planted to corn the first year, but the squirrels were so thick it was found necessary for Robert and his brother to stand guard against the little tormentors, to prevent them from digging up all the seed. It required skillful management to provide food for stock and family during the first year in the wilderness, and sometimes after that it was not always an easy matter. Much of the meat required for the family could be procured from the abundance of wild game in the surrounding timber, and they were not inclined to be critical regarding the variety in their bill of fare. Food for the stock, however, was not so easily managed. During the first winter corn was purchased of a near neighbor; and the spring following trees were cut down at the time of budding, that the cattle might browse upon the tender twigs. That was before the day of free schools, each scholar being expected to bear his part of the expenses incurred in keeping the short term each winter; but there was too much work to be done for the Morrow children to enjoy even that privilege to any extent, each child contributing his labor toward the improvement of the farm and support of the family.

Robert Morrow remained at home, helping his father until he was twenty years of age, and then began working at the carpenter's trade, saving his earnings and putting in all his time at work. As he left home one year before he was of age, his father being entitled to his services, he made it good by helping during the harvest the following year. So diligent and frugal was he that when he was married, in 1858, he owned a horse and had sufficient money to buy his bousehold goods, with a balance left over to pay his running expenses. The lady who became his bride was Miss Leah Gardner, daughter of George and Margaret Gardner, who came from Highland county, Ohio, at an early day and settled in Grant county, Indiana. Soon after his marriage he purchased a forty-acre tract of woodland in Wayne township, and after clearing off twenty-five acres he sold it to good advantage and immediately purchased eighty acres more of virgin land. He cleared sixty acres of this farm and continued to make it his home until about 1898, when he disposed of it and invested in part of the old Christman farm on the Salamonie river. This property is convenient to Warren, being only one mile to the west, and has a quarry of excellent building stone which Mr. Morrow has opened and developed, and for which he finds a ready sale. In 1889 he had the misfortune to lose his wife, and three years later was married to Mrs. Susan J. Unrue, who came from a family of old residents of Jackson township, Wells county. She is an amiable lady, whose pleasing address has caused her to be generally liked. Both marriages were without issue. Mr. Morrow is a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Banquo, and takes an active part in lodge work. In religion he is a member of the United Brethren church, but is liberal in his views and ready to accord to others the privilege of worshiping according to the doctrine they prefer. He is a man who has made many friends by his reliable and honorable conduct, and few of the citizens of Huntington county stand higher in the estimation of the general public than Mr. Morrow. He is a life-long Republican, and has never supported any other ticket.
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