Elliott E. Morse, whose handsome homestead is located on Cherokee Lane about three miles from Lodi, is a native son and well known citizen of San Joaquin county, and his active career has brought him into a place among the leading men of the county, both through his able management of private affairs and through his public-spirited efforts for the upbuilding of his community. In his home estate there are a hundred and twenty acres of land, and a short distance to the south, also on Cherokee Lane, he has another ranch of one hundred and ninety acres, about sixty acres of which are planted to grapes.

Born in San Joaquin county, March 11, 1861, he was a son of Lorenzo M. and Sarah Eveline (Elliott) Morse, old settlers of the county. His father was a native of Maine and his mother of New Hampshire. These parents, accompanied by their one son, then a child, in 1859 crossed the great western plains to California, coming direct to San Joaquin county and settling near the present home of Mr. Morse. There the father remained until his death in 1899, but his wife yet survives as one of the honored pioneer women of the county, being now threescore and ten years of age. She resides with her daughter, Mrs. Richard E. Ryan, of near Lodi. Lorenzo Marion Morse was a Republican in politics, and a well known citizen of the county, whose death was much lamented. Of his children but two survive, Elliott E. and Hattie A., the latter the wife of Richard E. Ryan, a farmer near Lodi.

Reared to man's estate in San Joaquin county, where he received his education in the public schools and also in 1883 graduated from the Stockton Business College, Mr. Morse has from youth up been intimately acquainted with agricultural life, and through his earnest study and careful experience in its various departments has gained the worthy success which gives him influence and high rank among his compeers.

He was married February 14, 1888, to Miss Florence C. Heaton. She is a native of St. Catherines, provice on Ontario, Canada, and at the age of nine years she accompanied her parents to this state, their home being located in what is now Glenn county, where she was reared and married. Mr. and Mrs. Morse have two children, Evelyn A. and Genevieve. For seven consecutive years Mr. Morse served as a trustee of the Live Oak school district, and during all this time he was clerk of the board. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias at Lodi, and his political belief is Republican.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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