Descendancy Narrative of John Morgan by Charles J. Vella, Ph. D

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Blue to Gold

Killed in action – just three words

It seems I’ve waited for them – growing old –

This is the time I thought I could be brave

The day I changed your service star to gold.

E. Beulah Hauser

Taken from E.Beulah’s book of poems published in 1947. “The Wind Whispers”. So is the poem below:

Heads Up

Heads up – there on his desk it lay –

A copper penny

He placed it there the day he went away

For luck – if any

The stake was high – his life –

He had no thought of cheating –

Heads up – he gave of his life blood

To staunch a Nation’s bleeding.

The two poems and article about Graydon were printed with the permission of the copyright owner, E. Beulah Hauser taken from her book “The Wind Whispers.”

4.) Ruth Louise Hauser-Larsen

Taught three years in Milford Township Consolidated School in Nevada, Iowa. Now is a housewife on a farm.

Home address: Nevada, Iowa R.F.D.

Born: Jan. 1, 1918

Father’s name: Glenn Weston Hauser

Mother’s Maiden name: Claire Nordman

Education: Graduated from Roosevelt H.S., Des Moines, Iowa in 1938. Studied voice with Genevieve Wheat Ball at Drake Univ. Sang in church choirs in Des Moines. Studied dancing under Josephine Hayes. Taught dancing.

Married: March 8, 1941

Husband: Myron William Larsen

Husband was born Dec. 27, 1917

Children of Myron and Ruth Larsen:

Nancy Kay Larsen b. March 2, 1942

Julie Ann Larsen b. May 17, 1944, died Aug. 26, 1945

Becky Lou Larsen b. Oct. 30, 1945

Jana Lee Larsen b. April 13. 1948

Kristine Joelle Larsen b. June 25, 1950

Terrie Claire Larsen b. December 13, 1952

Lois Jayne Hauser – Wulze

Taught dancing for several years. Employed by Old Age Pension, Des Moines, Iowa. Now a housewife.

Birth place: 715 –12th St., Boone, Iowa

Born: Aug. 30, 1919

Father’s name: Glenn Weston Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Claire Nordman

Education: Graduated from Roosevelt H.S. Des Moines, Iowa June, 1937. Studied dancing under Josephine Hays of Des Moines.

Married: Sept. 25, 1942

Husband: Bernard Elliot Wulze

Husband born: Dec. 24, 1914

Children of Bernard (Ben) and Lois Wulze:

Michael Eric Wulze b. June 26, 1943

Stuart Ward Wulze b. Aug. 8, 1947

Jill Ann Wulze b. Aug 9,1948. Died July 20, 1978.

Ronald Kent Wulze b. March 21, 1960

Edward K. Hauser b. March 14, 1921, died March 24, 1921.
B.) Grace Leone Hauser – Grover

School teacher before marriage. Taught many years in rural and town schools. Taught in Des Moines High School for (?) years.

Home address: 525 – 20th st., Richmond 5, Ca.

Born: near Gowrie, Iowa, Sept. 23, 1877

Father’s name: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Married May 1, 1927

Husband: Rae J. Grover (John & Justine Grover are children born to R.J.

Grover and his first wife)

Mr. Grover deals in antiques and repairs antique furniture. He was a graduate from the school of Pharmacy.

C.) Edward K. Hauser

Retired railroad engineer. Farmed. Ran a café at Union, Iowa. Worked in Rainy Fork, Ontario in 1908.

Home address: 201 Maple Ave., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Born: near Gowrie, Iowa, July 22, 1879

Father: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Educated: Gowrie, Iowa schools

Married May 1, 1927

Wife: Mrs. Ellen M. (Powell) – Watkins

Children born to Ellen M. Powell-Watkins were

Florence Marie Watkins

Born Aug. 30, 1901

Married Aug. 11, 1926

Husband: Maxwell Craig Chisholm

Husband born: Dec. 17, 1896

Children: Shirley Maxine Chisholm

Born: Aug. 15, 1928

Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.

Raymond Ralph Watkins

Born: Jan. 10, 1903

Married: 1936

Wife: Marian Edith Ross

Wife born: July 26, 1912

Children: Gail Marie Watkins

Born: April 28, 1939

Birthplace: Saskatoon, Sask., Canada

Edward’s hobby is keeping up his $11,000. home by belonging to the “Do It Yourself Club.” Another hobby is gardening. His home is 100 miles north of Moose Jaw, Canada. He starts his flowers in flats inside. He plants Sweet Peas inside in flats in March. When they are 4 inches high he cuts them down. When they come up they will be three branches where there was one before. He thinks sweet Peas are the easiest plant to transplant outside. Digs a hole 4 inches deep, put in the plant, press the dirt down and water.

On one trip Ed was engineer on a train that piloted the coaches in which rode a Royal Duke who came to his cab window to visit with him and thank him for his services.

On another trip in his earlier days Ed was in a railroad crash. He was the only trainman in engine & cab part who came back alive.

Ed had retired from railroad work after 45 years. During war time shortage of help he went back to duty again.

D.) Fern Louise Hauser-Ruring

Taught school before marriage. Housewife on farm. Sang on Chautauqua programs.

Home address: Green Acres, Gowrie, Iowa R.F.D.

Born: near Gowrie, Iowa Feb. 6, 1882

Died: Feb. 2, 1969

Father’s name: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Education: Prairie View School in Webster Co. near Gowrie, Iowa named

by her father and where Fern taught for seven years.

Married: Oct 14, 1916

Husband: Ernest Leon Ruring

Husband born: Dec. 1, 1884

Fern and Ernest had no children of their own. They raised Fern’s brother Glen’s motherless children Helen and Graydon sending them to schools at Gowrie and away to college.

Political affiliation: Republican

Religious affiliation: Methodist

Fern is much like her mother in her community activities and interest.

For many years Fern with her sister E. Beulah toured the United States singing concerts on the Chautauqua routes. The item below was taken from the Des Moines Register Oct. 31, 1947.

“Was Good Too”

“Mrs. Ernest Ruring of Gowrie and sister E. Beulah Hauser of Des Moines were looking thro’ some old souvenirs recently and found a write-up of a Chautauqua concert in which they had given a duet. The paper said their vocal ‘was one of the best numbers on the program.’ The paper also paid tribute to another singer, then unknown who was ‘pretty good too.’ Her name was Gladys Swarthout.”

Emilyn Beulah Hauser

Voice and piano teacher. Has been a concert singer. Has published books of her poems. Affiliated teacher of Sherwood Music School, Chicago, Ill. Coached voice with Raymond Kock, Opera Singer & Artist Teacher, Chicago, Ill.

Home address: 1001 29th St., Des Moines 11, Iowa

Born: near Gowrie, Iowa Feb. 14, 1884

Father’s Name: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Edication: Graduated from Gowrie H.S. Degrees: B. Music, Drake Univ., Des

Moines, Iowa; State Univ., Iowa City; American College, Chicago,

Ill., Sherwood Music School, Chicago, Ill.


Raised her brother Glen’s children: Ruth and Lois Hauser

Political Affiliation: Republican

Traveled in South West and Central states in concert company with sister Fern Hauser Ruring. Composer of piano studies for children. First prize on “Tumbleweed” in Pen Women Contest. Poems set to music by Elmo Russ, New York, N.Y.

Organizations: Nat. League American Pen women, Branch Pres. K938-40, State

Pres. 1943-44, State radio chm., 4 years in charge of pen Women

Broadcasts; piano and pub. chm. and membership chm.

Member state Poetry Soc. of Iowa and Alpha Chapter, Des

Moines, Iowa, formerly on Board of Governors and pub. chm.,

Member Des Moines Council Allied Arts, Vice Pres. and

membership chm. 1946-47, Member of Nat. Fed. Music Clubs.,

Member Midwest Federation Chaparral Poets and Eugene

Field Society, Formerly Associate Editor “The Spinner’s”

Poetry mag. and Poetry Ed. Of Moods poetry mag.

Listed in Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Verse; Who’s Who Among American Contemporary Women, pub. in London; Who’s Who among Prairie Poets, Centennial ed., Feature Correspondent to Fort Dodge Messenger, Chicago Daily Drover’s Journal, Nat. Farm Bureau Messenger, Physical Culture Mag., Cedar Rapids Gazette and Des Moines Register magazine section.

Published poems, juveniles features and shorts in following publications: Davis Anthology, Newspaper Verse, Melting Pot Anth., KSO Poets, Iowa Poets, Flame On The Hills, Muse, Christian Century, Port’O Poets, Fletchers Farming, Des Moines Tribune, Sioux City Journal, Poetry and Music Moods, The Spinners, Tom Canon’s Flue Dust, Post Tribune, Gary, Ind.; Western Poetry, Prairie Poets, Beacon Anthog. Radio Digest, Christmas Verse, Nebraska Farm Jounal, Woman’s Farm Journal, Cappers Farm Press, National Pen Women Magazine, National Pen Women Scrap Book, Radio City Scrap Book, and Gowrie news.

Prizes: Nat. Thanksgiving Contest, Pen Women, Don Blanding, Des Moines Women’s Club poetry, KSO radio, Alpha Chapter, Moods Poetry Mag., and Ted Malone Radio Contests.

Poems and stories used on National and local radio programs.

E. Beulah and her sister Gay bought their lovely Des Moines, Iowa home together. Their rooms are filled with students attending Drake Univ.

After leaving the American College at Chicago, Ill. E. Beulah went to Rock Island, Illinois as supervisor of the Denkmann Square Community Center and member of the Junior Hostess League for the entertainment of soldiers and officers then stationed at the arsenal.

While attending Drake Univ. she sang for four years with the University Church Choir.

The above article about E. Beulah Hauser was used by permission of the copywrite owner, E. Beulah Hauser, from her book “The Wind Whispers.” She also gave permission to print the fol’g poem about her parents from her book “The Wind Whispers.”

“The Saga of George and Martha”

Stark and naked beneath the sun-shot sky

Iowa, Beautiful Land, waited for man to release

Her long dormant treasure and leashed power.

George and Martha came. Hand in hand they wielded the

Instruments which brought

Forth riches from a pregnant soil.

Planters—reapers—builders—humble pioneers

Nurturing the embryo of Iowa’s great industries

Visioned from the ‘handwriting on the wall.’

Vigorous pioneers aware of the potential laboratories in their

George and Martha staid. Watching—waiting—

Listening to the inner voices of a pioneer soul.

Voices of a flaming spirit directing the plodding feet

Along the winding cowpaths—

Paths destined to meet the broad satin highways

Where plodding feet were changed to wings of victory.
George and Martha died—triumphant.

Architects of beauty and achievement.

Their creative strength spent, they merged with the soil

They had wakened from the long sleep—in turn the sleepers—

As Iowa greets the dawn of a new century and its poignant


(Written by E. Beulah Hauser for the Iowa Centennial and dedicated to her parents, Iowa Pioneers)
F.) Mercedes Gay Hauser

Former teacher, now does office work with the Iowa Inspection Bureau.

Home address: 1001 –29th St., Des Moines, Iowa

Born: Near Gowrie, Iowa

Born Feb. 25, 1887

Father’s name: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Education: Attended rural school. Graduated Gowrie H. S. Attended

I.S.T.C. at Cedar Falls, Iowa. 1 yr. in American College of

Physical Education in Chicago where she took a course in

theory and practice of physical training, anatomy, dissection

and social psychology.

Taught five years at her home rural school, Prairie View in

Webster Co. Iowa two miles from The Maples – the Hauser

Farm home.

“Gay taught many subjects not included in the regular course of study such as “a hand washing festival” before the noon lunch. With meagre equipment, hot lunches were served regularly and table etiquette was taught.

Increased interest was taken in the hot lunch, diet and general health, when the teacher of this and an adjoining school secured the County Home Demonstration, Miss Signe Freestrom, and the County Nurse, Miss Lona Trott, to come every two weeks throughout the year to give talks on nutrition and weigh and measure the pupils. Charts were given the underweights and practically every child became so interested in becoming normal that they gave up many pleasures to get the required amount of sleep. Many new and healthful foods were included in the daily diet. The famous government health clown, Cho Cho, secured for an afternoon, was inspirational to the children in their nutrition work.

Several health pagents were given. One entitled “Malnutrition” was presented to an audience of two hundred people at the Roland Township Farm Bureau meeting. A township cooking class was started and Miss Hauser was chosen unanimously for leader.

Physical Education of the pupils was developed thro’ such sports as Volley Ball, basketball, triangle ball, setting up exercises, low and high games and folk dances. Exhibitions were given at community gatherings.

Material made in domestic arts and manual training was exhibited at county and state fairs.

Statistics show that a large percentage of pupils attending this rural school for the past twenty years have passed on to institutions of higher learning and a score now hold responsible and lucrative positions in the commercial and educational world.

Windows and doors were equipped with screens during Gay’s administration, floors made sanitary and desks “deep scarred by raps official” have been replaced by new modern ones. The playground is inclosed with woven wire fence.”

The above was taken from the book “The Wind Whispers,” by E. Beulah Hauser with permission of Miss Hauser, the copywright owner.

G.) Russel Lancelot Hauser

Home address: P.O. Box 73, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Birthplace: Gowrie, Iowa

Born: Feb. 23, 1889

Father’s name: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Wife’s maiden name: Irene Ryberg

Children: Maxine Elizabeth, Dale Russel, and Maurice Rodger.

1.) Maxine Elizabeth Hauser-Fitzgibbon

Born: March 16, 1919

Married: Thomas Frances Fitzgibbon

Married June 19, 1943

Husband born: March 8, 1922


Kevin Thomas Fitzgibbon b. Jan 21, 1953

Todd Tennis Fitzgibbon b. July 8, 1954

Timothy Patrick Fitzgibbon b. (?)

2.) Dale Russel Hauser

Born: June 21, 1920

Married: Irene Bernice Platner

Married: Dec. 26, 1942

Children: Deborrah Lynn Hauser b. Sept 19, 1949

Dale was 1st Lt. In the army.

Maurice Rodger Hauser

born: Aug. 9, 1921

Married: Lois Janette Manefee

Married: June 19, 1943

Children: Susan Doyle Hauser b. Jan. 1, 1946 at Los Angeles, Cal.

H.) Owen Kenneth Hauser

Post office Clerk since 1923. Farmer before that date.

Home address: 6417-55 St., Des Moines 10, Iowa

birthplace: Gowrie, Iowa

Born: Feb. 8, 1891

Died: Feb. 1965

Father’s name: George Washington Hauser

Mother’s maiden name: Martha Ann Morgan

Education: 8th grade & Business college

Married: Beulah Beatrice Shinn

Wife’s father’s name: Charley LeRoy Shinn

Wife’s mother’s maiden name: Jennie Pearl Huckeby

Wife’s birthplace: New Virginia, Iowa

Wife born: March 26, 1901

Wife’s education: 8th grade

Children: Jerry Edward and Jack Clifford.

Jerry Edward Hauser

Born: Aug. 15, 1920

Married: Eleanore Mary Genard

Wife born: March 13, 1920


Toni Hauser b. Oct. 20, 1946

Jeri Hauser b. Sept. 9, 1947

Deborah ann Hauser b. July 15, 1949

Jerry was in the service during World War II as a Cpl.

Jack Clifford Hauser

Born: March 2, 1922

Married: first wife, Barbara Jane Fisher (divorced)

Wife: born Oct. 20, 1932

Children: David Bruce Hauser b. Jan. 13, 1953

Jack was in the service

Married: second wife, Edith (?) June 10, 1955

Children: Janice Lee b. July 13, 1956, Stephen, and Jackie

Andrew Jackson Morgan (known as “Jack” or “Drew”)

Last adress: Berkley, California

Was assistant agent for the Iowa Central railroad at Oskaloosa, extra agent for the Pacific division of the Rock Island railroad serving in place of other agents when needed. Was operator at Dysart for a year. In 1882 he was appointed as agent at Carleton, later called Popejoy. Mr. Morgan was instrumental in having the town Carleton change its name to Popejoy after John L. Popejoy, a wealthy land owner and farmer. He stayed there for 8 yrs. and built up a grain and coal business. He was then transferred to Ossian, Iowa where he was agent for 2 ½ yrs. He also dealt in coal, grain and livestock and had agents representing him at Castalia North and Nordness south of Ossian. In June 1894 he resigned and moved to Iowa Falls, where he bo’t a home. For two years he was collector for the Champion Harvester Company. He then went into real estate business.

Birthplace: Gordonville, Stokes Co., N. C.

Born Dec. 7, 1855

Father’s name: Hardinson Morgan

Mother’s maiden name: Elizabeth White

Education: Started to school in N. C. Studied under Professor Jennings in Liscomb, Iowa and C.D. Thompson at Liscomb. He studied Telegraphy and the railroad business under Joe Willits in the Liscomb Depot Station. He worked on the section by day and took his schooling after the hard day’s work was done. When he was working at Oskaloosa his meals usually consisited of bread and clabber milk. He returned from there very ill with malaria fever. He returned to his work as soon as he was able.

Married: Nov. 1882

Wife: Sadie Gorsuch

Wife born: Aug. 12. 1860


Wife’s father’s name: James Gersuch

Wife’s mother’s maiden name: Iusina Pickering

Her parents came from Ohio in an early day and homesteaded land in Mahaska County, Iowa. They lived six miles east of New Sharon in that Co. Drew met his wife while she was attending Penn College in Oskaloosa.

Wife’s education: Penn College, Oskaloosa

Children: Ross, Norvin Dwight, Lyle A., Elizabeth Lucinda (Lulu), twins: Loena June and Leona June, Jennings Bryan and G. Ruth.

Political affiliation: Democrat

Religious affiliation: Congregational Church

Member of the American Yeoman and The Fraternal Bankers. He was a Life Member of the American Bible Society. He was deeply interested in the Montcalm Orphanage rehabilitation project in New York Education. In a more public way, he served as Pres. Of the Board of Eduction, City Park Commissioner, Game Warden, and as Chairman of the State Democratic Committee over a period of years. He was keenly alive to the value of sports and was an ardent follower of all of them. He himself was a fisherman and hunter. Through his business connections Mr. Morgan, in his capacity as immigration agent, was very active in handling homeseekers for colonization of Oklahoma, Indian Territory, Arkansas and parts of Texas and the Dakotas.

When Mr. Morgan began at Popejoy there was only one home beside the station and hardly enough business to pay the agent a salary of forty-five dollars per month. He began building up his coal and grain business in a modest way. Before he left Popejoy he had induced some of the big shippers to ship from that station. His own business grew so rapidly that within a single year he paid the railroad over six thousand dollars on grain and coal shipments. During the last six years he was there he paid out 3 hundred and 84 thousand dollars for grain and coal to the railroad, having built his business up from the bottom. He induced merchants to locate a general store there. Also was instrumental in securing a town school. One of the beautiful stained glass windows in the Church was given to the Church in memory of his mother Elizabeth White-Morgan. He at one time owned two farms near Popejoy. One was 320 acres.

At 66 yrs. of age Mr. Morgan retired from active business and with his wife moved to Atascadero, Calif. Six of his children and their families in the ensuing years followed their partents to California.

On June 11, 1936 his wife passed away at their home. A year later he went to live with his daughter Leona and her family in Pacific Grove, Calif. At the beginning of World War II he went to Berkeley to be with another daughter Loena and a granddaughter Sadierith.(?) He was taken ill in Sept. of 1948, and died Dec. 1, 1948 of cancer, lacking 6 days of being 93 yrs. old. Services were followed by cremation. His ashes were bro’t back to Iowa by his sons Lyle and Dwight who with his brother Jim and Jim’s son Max sang some of Drew’s favorite songs at the Morgan lot, Liscomb, Iowa, where his ashes were buried.

Drew was a great favorite with all his young relatives. He could yodel, tell them wonderful stories of his southern boyhood. Two of their favorites were when his sisters decided to play church and with some neighbor girls took turns baptizing him in the creek running thro' their plantation. A brother, Mace, rescued Drew who was gasping for breath from his frequent immersions. Another time the children heard a panther screaming and ran for home. Drew fell into a hole and was left behind. He managed by a great effort to pull himself out and run for home. The next day Jake Horn, a mountaineer, saw the panther in the foliage of a fallen tree and killed it. It measured 7 ft. from tip to tip and was exhibited in the Post Office at Boonville, N. C. for several days.

Drew loved to eat red peppers, he ate them like one does fruit and always had long rows of them hung up in his attic to dry.

Drew was a wonderful conversationalist, loved a good time and all his friends knew if Drew was to be at a party no other entertainment would be needed.

A.) Ross Morgan

Played Clarinet in “Breezy Time Orchestra” in Chicago, Ill. Then went into railroading working himself up to conductor on a passenger train.

Last Home address: Danville, Indiana c/o Elks Club

Birthplace: Popejoy, Iowa

Born: August 30, 1883

Father’s name: Andrew Jackson Morgan

Mother’s maiden name: Sadie Gorsuch

Education: Ran away from his home in Iowa Falls while attending H.S. He was 16 yrs. of age.

Married: Nellie Berenice Watt (second wife Isyle)

Children: Robert Drew, twins: Kenneth Lee and Keith Mclogen

No one heard from Ross for over twenty yrs. then the newspapers were filled with a terrible murder committed in Ill. by a Ross Morgan. Ross feared his parents might think he was the murderer so wrote home to his family. He was married and had started his career on the railroad. On his last run June 18, 1951 as conductor he told his brakeman to take his place—he wasn’t feeling well—the brakeman checked the train and returned to find Ross seated but dead from a heart attack. He lacked a yr. or two of reaching retirement age.

One of his sons served in Germany.

1.) Robert Drew Morgan

Father’s Name: Ross Morgan

Mother’s maiden name: Nellie Berenice Watt

Born: Oct. 3, 1915

Children: Bari Lee Morgan b. Oct. 5, 1947

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