from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Tom Morrish, postmaster of Beacon, was born in Yorkshire, England, February 15, 1861, a son of Moses and Elizabeth Morrish, both of whom are living in Colorado City, Colorado. Mr. Morrish of this review spent the first sixteen years of his life in his native country and with his parents came to America in 1879, the family home being established in the New River region of West Virginia. He had pursued his education in the schools of Leeds, England, and after residing in West Virginia for about three years came to Beacon on the 2d of August, 1862. Here he was engaged in coal mining until the 16th of September, 1897, when he became postmaster of Beacon. He has since filled the office to the satisfaction of all concerned and in addition to managing the affairs of the position he also conducts a job printing establishment and sells stationery and office supplies. He has made for himself a creditable place in business circles in this village and enjoys the confidence and good will of his fellow townsmen. On the 28th of June, 1886, Mr. Morrish was united in marriage to Miss Emma Silverthorn, of Beacon, and their son, Roscoe, is now mail carrier on the Beacon route, No. 2. The younger son, Harold, is at home. Mr. Morrish is connected with several fraternal organizations, of which he is a valued representative. He is now a past master of the Masonic lodge and is a past chancellor of the Knights of Pythias lodge of Beacon. For several years he has been identified with other orders as well and his life exemplifies the beneficient and helpful spirit which constitutes the basic elements of these fraternities. In politics Mr. Morrish is an earnest and unfaltering republican and in 1894 was elected a justice of the peace in East Garfield township. He served as secretary of the school board in 1895 and his public service has been characterized by unfaltering fidelity to duty and by capability in the discharge of every task which has thus devolved upon him. On the 26th of March, 1906, he was elected mayor of Beacon and was installed April 2d for a term of two years.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy