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Frank H. Morison, brother Norman Morison, Fleming

Frank's passport application said he was born near Hamilton, Ontario March 7, 1863 to James Morison of Perth Scholand - James died in 1915, after immigrating in 1868. He was naturalized at Tama County, Iowa in 1874.

In 1880 Tama County, Iowa, H.A. Hartshorn is 52, with Agnes 28, Sherman 20, Jane 16, Harriet 11, James H. 8, daughter L. H. 6, and Martha A. 2. On the same page is H.A> Hartshorn J.r 23, wtih Anna 20 and son Lee newborn.

Horatio Allen Hartshorn 1828-1901 # 63331574 and Agnes (McDowall) Hartshorn 1842-1894 # 633331601 are buried in Traer, Tama County.

Frank married Jennie L. Hartshorn in Buckingham, Tama County, Iowa on October 27, 1886.

In 1900 Emmet County, Iowa, Frank H. Morison is a grocer, born March 1864 in Canada, with Jennie L. Feb 1865 Iowa, married 12 years. James June 1892, Agnes May 1895, adn John April 1899 were born in Iowa.

Frank claimed a quarter in 31, 8N 49W in 1909.

Jennie died March 21, 1907, and is buried in Tama County.
March 23, 1907

December 23, 1907 "Frank Morison and children of Estherville are here to spend a few days with relatives and friends."
April 21, 1908 Traer, Iowa

June 14, 1909

In 1910 Sterling, Frank is a real estate dealer, 47, born in Canada, married 18 years to Ola 33 born in Nebraska. James H. 17, Agnes A. 14 and Robert 11 were born in Iowa.

July 12, 1911

July 14, 1913

December 1, 1914

August 25, 1913 Frank's father James died at Frank's home in Sterling in 1915, and was buried in Tama County, Iowa.

February 1916 Palm Beach "Norman R. Morison, a prominent attorney of Sterling, Colorado, is spending a fortnight with his brother, F. H. Morison, on Fern street. Mr. Morison is a son of the late Captain James M. Morison, who for a number of years wintered in this city."

The 1916 West Palm Beach, Florida directory has "Morrison Frank H. (Ola) at 314 Fern and Sterling, COlorado.

October 15, 1917 "N.R. and R. J. Morison (must be F.H.) of Sterling, Colorado are making their brother, R. J. Morison a visit."

December 12, 1917 Traer, Iowa "R. J. Morison and son Donald are visiting the John Morison family of Sterling, COlo."

Frank is in Sterling in 1920, making farm loans, with Viola 42 born in Nebraska.

Sept 14, 1920 Traer, Iowa "R. J. Morison is at Sterling, Colorado, looking after farming intersts."

In 1930 Sterling, on Hamilton street, Frank is retired, 67, Viola M. 53, born in Nebraska.
In 1940 Denver, "Fred" is 77, Viola 63. They had been in Phoenix, Arizona in 1935.

Frank 1863-1945 is buried in Tama County, Iowa, dying in Sterling, per # 617777967. "Frank's obituary states that he was born in Canada on Mar. 7, 1862, and came to the Traer arrea with his family in 1870. Following his own education, he taught school in the Traer vicinity for several years. He then started a mercantile business with his father.

He married Jennie Hartshorn in 1886, and they moved to Estherville, Iowa. They operated a grocery there. Jennie died in 1914, and Frank moved to Sterling, CO. Several years later, he married Viola Waugh of Denver. Frank became a real estate agent, and was an extensive land owner. He was also active in the Masonic Temple. He remained in Sterling until his death. "

Viola (Waugh) Morison 1877-1957 is buried in Tama County # 61777988.

James registered for WWI in Sterling, born June 15, 1892 at Traer, Iowa, farming, with a wife.

In 1920 Sterling, James is a real estate agent, 27, with Helen 24, both born in Iowa. Jennie and Josephine, both 1, were bornin Colorado.
In 1930 Sterling, they have the twins, and Frank 5. Helen's parents SAllen and Josephine Buter, both 68 are with them.

In 1940 Sterling they have the three kids, none employed.

James registered for WWII with a Sterling address, working at 201 Main Street. with reference Mrs. Agnes B. Morison.

1944 " One of the best 100 acre irrigated farms in the South Platte Valley -- triple water supply -- improvements -- well rented -- 100 acres fall plowed for beets -- not an acre of waste land on the unit -- R.B.A. electric service -- close to Sterling Sugar factory -- wonderful production record -- could be nicely divided into smaller units -farms such as this type not often on the market and if you are a judge of good farm lands and are really on the market, you will not be disappointed in making further investigation.
J. H. MORISON, Sterling, Colorado.

Frank H. Morison, 88, a resident of Fleming, Colorado and Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on August 5, 2013 in Denver, Colorado of natural causes. Frank was born on February 20, 1925 in Sterling, Colorado to James H. Morison and Agnes Helen (Butler) Morison. He was the youngest of three children. Frank grew up in Sterling and graduated from Sterling High School in 1942. After high school, he went on to University of Colorado, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1946. While at CU, he met the love of his live, Faith Engle. They were married in 1946. Frank continued his studies at the University of Colorado and Harvard law school. While attending law school, Frank enlisted and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served honorably during World War II in the Pacific. After the war, Frank continued his legal studies at CU and graduated with an LLB in law. After law school, Frank joined Holland & Hart in Denver as one of the firm's first lawyers. He was a brilliant lawyer who literally helped create environmental law in the United States and founded the American Bar Association's Section on Environmental Law. He was also responsible for creating the Land Use Commission and Land Use Commission legislation in Colorado. He championed the vision of the regional office concept and Rocky Mountain preeminence that fueled and sustained Holland & Hart's success. Frank was revered by his clients, not just for his legal acumen, but because he truly made his clients his friends, and his friends his clients. Frank was a gifted mentor to many of Holland & Hart's lawyers. Frank had a wonderful sense of humor, with an infectious laugh, as well as a gift for friendship. He lived life large; was a great raconteur and story-teller. He loved to play golf and was a member of the Denver Country Club for many years. He also enjoyed playing golf in Litchfield Park, Arizona as a member of the Wigwam Country Club, where he and Faith spent many winters. In his retirement, Frank took up cooking and became famous for his Orange Marmalade Jam, which won a blue ribbon at the Logan County Fair one summer.
Concurrent with his legal career, Frank continued to be involved in managing the family's wheat farms in northeastern Colorado. He was passionate about being a good steward of the land and was at the forefront of the sustainable agricultural movement. Upon retiring from his legal practice, he enthusiastically returned full time to farming. He never missed a wheat harvest regardless of where he was living. He traveled all over the country to meet with farmers and experts to learn and share his knowledge of soil conservation and enrichment.

Frank and Faith were lifelong members of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. More recently, he also attended Saint Peter's Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Frank is survived by his three children, Mary Faith Morison of Searsmont, Maine; Frank Butler Morison and his wife Crystal of Goodyear, Arizona and Ironton, Missouri; and Bruce Engle Morison and his wife Melinda of Whitefish, Montana. He is survived by five grandchildren, Kathleen (Zachary) Elledge, Matthew Morison; Claire B. Morison, Jake E. Morison and Emily J. Morison. Frank is also survived by his older sister, Jennie Soderstrom of Littleton, Colorado and by niece Barry Jo Hannah and nephews, Karl Soderstrom and Kurt Soderstrom.

Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife Faith, his son James, his parents James & Helen and his older sister Josephine. A Memorial Service for Frank will be held at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Fleming Colorado Community Library.

Josephine (Morison) Hannah 1918-1979 is buried in Waco, Texas # 60067754.


Agnes Araminta Morison 1895-1928 is also buried in Tama County, # 61777874.

There's an Agnes A. Morison who married J.C. Munson in 1917, recorded in Denver.


In 1920 Logan County, John T Morison is 30, born in Iowa, a farm hand, married to Alice D., 28 born in COlorado.
January 25, 1919

April 27, 1920

John is buried in Tama County, 1900-1947 # 61777899, on the same stone as Agnes.
Alice D. (Dillon) Morison 1902-1987 is buried in Sterling # 54696974.

Norman R. Morison, age 26, son of James Morison and Martha Gage, married Carriie Adell Allard in Tama County Novembe 28, 1901.

In 1910 Tama County, N.R. and Carrie are living with Joseph and Mary Allard, both 55. They have Richard, 6.

Norman Ramsey Morison registered for WWI in Sterling, a lawyer with Cohen Morison Sauter, born January 27, 1876, with Carrie Morrison at 120 Beattie, in Sterling.
Norman R. Morison is an attorney at law of Sterling, a member of the firm of Coen. Morison & Sauter. He is also identified with banking interests of Logan county but largely gives his time and attention to the supervision of his invested interests, which include land in various sections of the country. Mr. Morison was born in Traer, Iowa, in 1876, a son of James and Martha Morison, who were natives of Scotland and England respectively. They became residents of Iowa in early life and James Morison became a prominent factor "in the business development of his community, contributing much to its upbuilding as well as to the improvement of his personal fortunes. He was engaged in newspaper publication for a time, also carried on general merchandising and made extensive and judicious investments in property. In the early days his home was fifty miles or more from a railroad and the family shared in the hardships and privations of pioneer life but lived to witness remarkable changes as the country became a populous and prosperous section.

In the acquirement of his education Norman R. Morison passed through consecutive grades in the public schools of Traer, Iowa, until graduated from the high school. He was afterward employed in his father's store for a time and later pursued a business course in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Later in life he entered the State University of Iowa. from which he was graduated with the Ph. B. degree in the class of 1907. Before this he entered the store with his brother, who had succeeded the father as proprietor and manager of the general merchandise establishment. When twenty-two years of age

Norman R. Morison purchased the interest of his brother in the business, which he then conducted under his own name, employing five salesmen, all of whom were older than himself. He devoted his time, thought and energies to the conduct of this business for about ten years and made it a very profitable concern. He then interested himself in lands in his home state and made extensive investments from which he realized a handsome profit. Prospering as the years went on, he gained a place among the men of affluence in Iowa and his financial success enabled him to travel around the country. He spent the summer months largely amid the northern lakes of Minnesota and the winter seasons at Palm Beach, Florida.

Having acquired a good literary education by attending Iowa State University, from which he was graduated as Ph. B., in 1907, Mr. Morison later decided to study law and entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he won his law degree in 1915, completing his course there with the second highest rating ever made by a law pupil in the State University. He does not give very much time to professional activity, how- ever, although his name stands as a member of the firm of Coen, Morison & Sauter. He concentrates much of his attention upon his real estate investments and their control, purchasing and selling property from time to time, and in all of his operations in the field of real estate he has won substantial success. He has also become well known in banking circles as a director of the Logan County National Bank of Sterling and he was the organizer of the Farmers Bank of Fleming, of which he also remains a director.

Mr. Morison was married in 1901 to Miss Carrie Allard, of French Canadian ancestry, and they have one son, Richard, who is now a high school student. Mr. Morison is well known in fraternal circles. He is a Royal Arch Chapter and Consistory Mason and member of the Mystic Shrine and while living in Iowa served for several years as master of the blue lodge in which he held membership. He also is identified with the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Order of the Eastern Star and he has membership in Phi Gamma Delta and in the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi. In politics he is a republican and for four years was mayor of his home town in Iowa and four years a member of its city council. He is serving for the second year as mayor of Sterling and has made a most enviable record in public office through his devotion to the general welfare and his practical methods for the advancement of public progress and improvement. He greatly enjoys fishing and motoring trips and travel has been to him a school of liberal education.

They're in San Diego in 1920 -Norman is not employed - and 1930, when Norman is a bank vice-president..
Norman 1876-1940 is buried in San Diego, # 119076691.


Rufus, buried in Tama County, per #53493115, 1869-1947 died in Sterling, COlorado.

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