J. Milford Morgan

From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897

J. Milford Morgan. The early years of the life of Mr. Morgan were passed in his native country of Wales, where he learned those habits of industry and perseverance characteristic of the Welsh the world over. On crossing the ocean and settling in the United States, he readily found employment, for he was a reliable and efficient workman. Since boyhood he has been interested in the hardware business, first as clerk and now as proprietor of a store in Taylor, which keeps in stock a complete supply of stoves, tinware and hardware, as well as plumbing outfits.

Born Jun 21, 1857, near Talybont, the subject of this sketch spent his boyhood days in that place, where he attended school and later clerked in a hardware store, serving for four years' apprenticeship, after which he clerked in several stores, the last one being in Bristol, England. Feeling that this country offered greater opportunity to a young man than his own, he came here in 1877 and went west to Chicago, where he was employed as a clerk for a time. However, he soon returned to the east and found work as a clerk in a hardware store in Wilkesbarre, From that place he went to Plymouth, Luzerne County, and was similarly employed for some years. It will be seen that his experience under different employers and in different towns gave him an opportunity to acquire a detailed knowledge of the hardware business and fitted him for the practical management of a place of his own. After a short visit in Europe, among his friends of his boyhood days, he came to Taylor in 1888 and the following year established the business he has since conducted.

In 1885 Mr. Morgan married Miss Elizabeth James, who was born in Haverford-West, Pembrokeshire, Wales. They are the parents of four children, Milford G., Mary A., John V. and Ruth P., and occupy their own home in the borough. Mr. Morgan is connected with the Knights of the Golden Eagle and the Knights of Honor, and in his religious connections is identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He favors all progressive measures for the benefit of the borough, and does all in his power to promote its growth and prosperity.

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