E. R. MORSE, political and city editor of the Bloomington Leader, first opened his eyes to the light on the
rugged New England coast, being born in the town of Jay, Franklin Co., Me., Sept. 14, 1850.
His parents were Moses and Louisa (Cooper) Morse, natives of the same State, where his father was a prominent citizen and largely engaged in railroading and as a stock dealer. He emigrated West to Minnesota, and died in the city of Minneapolis, in 1861. The mother is still living and resides with her daughter in Wisconsin.
Of their seven children three only are living, as follows: Reuben S. is a resident of Beetown, Wis.; Mary J., Mrs. Pierce, resides in Cassville, Wis.; our subject and the two above mentioned are the only living children.
The mother of our subject received a fine education, and after the death of her husband gave her children all the advantages in her power. She possessed fine abilities as a writer and was a contributor to several publications in the East. She is regarded with the highest respect and admiration by all who know her as having done her part well, and having overcome difficulties before which many others would have been discouraged.
Young Morse attended the common schools until thirteen years of age, and then began to learn the "art preservative." In the meantime he pursued his school studies under the instruction of a private teacher, so that at eighteen years of age he was prepared to enter college.
When he had completed his apprenticeship at Farmington, Me., he was made foreman of the Chronicle office and afterward became editor. He was also connected with the Liberal Republican of Augusta, and afterward with the Portland Daily Advertiser, and was city editor of the Sunday Times for a period of seven years. Mr. Morse came to Bloomington in February, 1881, and assumed the position which he now occupies.
He "stumped" the State of Maine for the Garfield ticket in 1880, and was heartily urged to speak in many other States through which his fame had spread.
Mr. Morse was married in 1872, to Miss Eunice Newell, a native of Halifax, N. S., and they have seven children, all living—Fred. R., Annie L., Florence P., Clinton W., Harvey R., Adlai S. and Gertrude. The family residence is pleasantly located at No. 1106 North East street, where its inmates enjoy the society and friendship of the cultured people of the city.
Mr. Morse is Republican in politics, and a member in good standing of the A. F. & A. M. [ed., Ancient Free and Accepted Masons], and the Modern Woodmen. He is also a member and was one of the organizers of the Knights and Ladies of the Round Table. He has been prominent in city affairs, and was elected Alderman of the Sixth Ward in 1886.
Mr. Morse, as a writer, possesses fine abilities and has already placed himself among the leading journalists of the State. He has also indulged in the lighter literature of the day, and as a storywriter has gained considerable popularity. His connection with the Leader has lent added interest to that striking sheet, and he is universally regarded as a favorite among newspaper men and a useful and worthy member of society.
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), 354. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.