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Mark H. Morse
October 18, 1841–December 25, 1943
Mark H. Morse, 102, Civil War Veteran,
Dies Saturday December 25

(Last Surviving Jones County Veteran)
Veterans Posts of Jones County assist with funeral services
held Tuesday, Wyoming Church

Wyoming—Funeral services for Mark H. Morse, Civil War veteran, who died Saturday at Mercy Hospital, Anamosa, were held Tuesday, December 28, from the Presbyterian Church at Wyoming with the Rev. Robert Allen, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, and Rev. E. G. Steinman, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating.
Mark H. Morse, son of John W. and Phoebe B. Morse, was born at Bradford New Hampshire October 18, 1841. When Mark was eleven years old, his parents came to Iowa and settled on a farm five miles east of Wyoming in the Pleasant Ridge community. He attended the country school in that community and took advanced work in the Maquoketa schools.

Enlisted in 1862
When the call came for volunteers in the Civil War, Morse enlisted in the 31st Iowa Infantry, Company F, on August 13, 1862 at Maquoketa. During his three years of active service he was in the battles of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and the Atlanta Campaign. Although never injured, he was seriously ill of a fever while in Georgia. He was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky on July 27, 1865.
On January 25, 1867 he was married to Miss Eliza Willis of Monmouth, Ia. The young couple settled on the Morse farm, east of Wyoming and lived there until 1897, when they took up their residence at their present home in Wyoming. They were privileged to enjoy 60 years of wedding life before the death of Mrs. Morse in 1927. Two sons were born to this union, John W. and William N., both of Wyoming.
After the death of Mrs. Morse, he lived alone for a time but of late years, his grandson Clifford Morse and Mrs. Clifford Morse have lived with him. He bore the burden of his years lightly and was alert and active until a week and a half ago, when he became ill. On Thursday, December 23, his condition necessitated that he be taken to the hospital at Anamosa, where he died Saturday, Dec. 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Survivors are the two sons, four grandsons, Reginald Morse, Harrison Morse, Clifford Morse, all of Wyoming, John Morse of Cedar Rapids; two granddaughters, Mrs.Grizelda Stute, of White Plains, New York and Mrs. Edith Jeffery, of Clinton, and two great granddaughters, Sharon Jeffery of Clinton and Karen Morse of Wyoming.
Mark Morse was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, his father being one of the founders and trustees of the local church. He was prominent in the G.A.R, serving as local commander many years and also county commander. He was active in all state and national conventions of the G.A.R., seldom missing these encampments. Interested in Civil War Trophies and antiques, he had in his travels about the state accumulated a large collection of museum pieces. His love of flowers was manifested in his flower garden and his many beautiful bouquets sent to friends and shut-ins.
The school children will remember him for his stories of civil war days and presentation of a small flag to each at the close of his story.
As a respected citizen, the community will miss his familiar erect figure in uniform at gatherings and his cheerfulness that was contagious to all he came in contact with.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, December 30, 1943

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