Salem Morse, farmer, was
born in Trafalga, Upper Canada, Feb. 28, 1836. He was
the son of William and Lavina (Smith) Morse, who were
born in Canada, but were American citizens. His
father was a mechanic by trade, and Salem early
learned his father's trade.
When he was fifteen years old he removed with his
parents to Winnebago County, Ill., where they resided
until 1856. The family then removed to West Union
Fayette county, where our subject worked at his trade
until 1863, when he enlisted in the Seventh Iowa
Volunteer Cavalry, Company F.
Mr. Morse was promoted for gallantry to a Second
Lieutenancy, and was mustered out after a service of
three years and four months. He returned to West
Union and worked at his trade for two years, when he
removed to his present farm on west half southwest
quarter section 1, Sperry Township.
Mr. Morse was married May 15, 1859, to Catherine
Tenney, a native of New York. They have had three
children - Eva (died 1871), William Salem and Ernest
Lund, both at home.
Mr. Morse is a democrat in politics, and has held
several local offices of trust.