JAMES MORGAN, a representative
hustling self-made man, and a representative citizen of Eagle River, Vilas
county, is a native of England, born, in 1847, in the county of Sussex.
His father, also named James, and of the same nativity, married
Sophia Carey, by whom he had ten children, three of whom died in infancy,
the others being James, Mary, Peter, Alfred, Fannie, Caroline and Elizabeth,
all still living in England (as are also the parents) except James (our
subject), and Mary, who is in Australia. Our subject received a liberal
public-school education in his native country, where, later, he worked
in a gunpowder factory. In 1869 he paid a visit to America, and returning
to England was married October 30, 1873, to Miss Anna Gander. The young
couple soon afterward emigrating to the United States and to Wisconsin,
making their first New-World home in Menominee, Mich., to which locality
Mr. Morgan had already paid a visit. Here they remained till 1877, in which
year they moved to Clintonville, where they followed farming until 1887.
Mr. Morgan not making a success of this, sold out there and removed to
Wittenberg, Shawano county, and established a grocery and bakery in which
business he made a fair success during the four years he carried it on;
but seeing better advantages at Eagle River, he sold out and removed thither,
building his present fine store and bakery, where he conducts a lucrative
business, keeping a large, stock of goods, and discounting his own bills.
Five children have been born to himself and wife, named respectively: Louis,
Emma L., Alfred B., Perry L. and Arthur S., all at home.
In politics Mr. Morgan was formerly a Republican, but has been
a Democrat since 1885. Socially he is a member of the F. & A. M., and
treasurer of his Lodge. The family are members of the Congregational Church.