(September 3, 1862 - May 17, 1916)
The Lusk Herald
May 18, 1916
Demise of John Morton
This community was shocked Saturday at learn of the sudden death of John Morton, for years a well-known figure in Converse and Niobrara counties, from a stroke of apoplexy. He had been feeling unwell for several days but attended to business as usual and the end was entirely unexpected. Only a few days ago he returned from Cheyenne, where he attended the Republican state convention.
Mr. Morton was born on September 3, 1862, in DeKalb county, Illinois, of German ancestry, and has shown throughout his busy career the thrift and industry, the patience and self-reliance characteristic of the German race. Having only the advantages of the common schools, he labored on the parental homestead until 1878, when he made the long journey to Rawlins, and identified himself for three years with the care of sheep in various localities, then securing a band of his own, he ranged his rapidly increasing flocks between Douglas and Jeannette. In this industry his skill, ability and wise personal supervision brought large results and he became one of the leading sheep men of the state.
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