ALFRED H. MORRIS, of the firm of Galusha & Morris, dealers in hardware at Le Roy, is, with his partner,
carrying on an extensive and lucrative trade. Mr. M. was born in Empire Township, this county, April 27, 1846.
His father, Leonard M. Morris, was a native of North Carolina, whence he removed at an early day to Indiana, where he lived until 1844; then, with his wife and one child, he came into Illinois, making the journey overland, and arriving at Le Roy, in this county, with $1.75 in his pocket.
He located upon a tract of rented land, which he cultivated for a number of years, and then purchased forty acres one and one-half miles west of Le Roy. To this latter he added eighty acres, which he continued to cultivate and improve until the fall of 1884, when he sold out and removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helmick, in Monroe County, Mo., where he departed this life on the 8th of August, 1885. His wife, the mother of our subject, was formerly Miss Lavina Pugsley, who was a native of Maine, and the daughter of Joseph Pugsley, of the same State, whence he removed to Indiana, being among the earliest pioneers of that State.
Soon afterward he pushed on to Illinois and located in Empire Township, this county, being among the earliest settlers of this region. Of their six children five grew to become men and women: Sarah O. married James Helmick, and they live in Monroe County, Mo.; Alfred H., our subject, was the second child; Charles W. died in Empire Township, June 26, 1885; Marcus P. lives in West Township, and William J., in Sedgwick County, Kan.
The subject of this history pursued his primary studies in the town of Le Roy, and assisted his father on the farm. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-one years old, and was soon afterward married and located upon land. After farming in this manner for twelve years he purchased land in Empire Township, which he occupied and cultivated until December, 1880. He then purchased a one-half interest in the store of Mr. Galusha, with whom he has been associated since that time.
Mr. Morris was married, April 9, 1867, to Miss Elizabeth Wyckoff, who was born on the line of Licking and Fairfield Counties, Ohio, and was the daughter of Matthew and Nancy (Finckbone) Wyckoff, natives respectively of Virginia and Ohio. Of this union there have been born four children, all daughters—Ella May, Mary Agnes, Eva and Daisy Alice.
Mr. Morris is Republican in politics, and has held the office of City Treasurer of Le Roy. Socially he belongs to Le Roy Lodge No. 149, I. O. O. F. He is a straightforward and energetic business man, and in all respects a representative citizen.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 324. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.