Biography of John T. Morgan
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JOHN T. MORGAN.
John T. Morgan, proprietor of the Morgan Meat Market, Visalia, California, was born in San Bernardino county, California, July 12, 1863. His father, Thomas Morgan, who was born in the state of Illinois and crossed the plains in 1859, was the first sheriff of San Bernardino county. The mother of John T. Morgan was Miss Eliza Mee, a native of England, who came across the plains from Utah about the time of the Mountain Meadows massacre in the fall of 1857. Thomas Morgan died shortly after his son, John T., was born, and his widow married again.

John T. Morgan lived with his mother and stepfather and attended the Los Angeles schools until he was fifteen years of age. When he was about fifteen he went to Arizona with his stepfather, who was engaged in hauling ore from the Silver King mine. Here the boy drove a team for a time, but not liking the work he returned to California, where he started in to shift for himself. When he was only eighteen years old he owned and conducted a butcher shop in Riverside and later established a shop in San Jacinto, California, where he was in business for sixteen years. In the meantime he worked at the butcher's trade in the shops of Los Angeles.

In 1902 Mr. Morgan came to Visalia and purchased the butcher shop on Main street, known as the Parr Market. It was then a small place, but since it came into his possession he has made numerous improvements and now has one of the best appointed markets in the city. About the same time he bought this place he also bought twelve acres of ground a mile from Visalia, where he built a cattle corral and an up to date slaughter house. Here he kills and dresses the meats he supplies to his customers, the number of which he has seen increase until he has a large patronage. He does both a wholesale and retail business. His sons, Everett C., Howard G. and J. T., Jr., are associated with him in the business. The property he bought when he came to Visalia in 1902, particularly the twelve acres where he has his cattle corral and slaughterhouse, has greatly increased in value, but he still retains it because it is one of the principal assets of his business.

Mr. Morgan married Miss Lillie R. Cleveland, a native of Iowa, and they have three sons: Everett C., Howard G. and John T., Jr. Mr. Morgan takes an interest in municipal affairs and served for two years as a member of the board of trustees of the city. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He also belongs to the Kiwanis Club.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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