Family of Neva Freed Morris

Neva's mother, Cambia Freed, was born November 5, 1863 and died October 7, 1952. Neva's father, Schuyler P. Freed. was born May 28, 1863 and died March 21, 1916.  They are both buried in the Ontario cemetery.

Ames Evening Times, March 22, 1916

S.P. FREED DEAD OF PNEUMONIA - Schuyler P. Freed, a prominent Story county man, died at his home about 4 miles southwest of Ames yesterday at noon.  The deceased had been in good health and active in the interest of his large farm until recently when bronchial pneumonia set in and rapidly developed.  His death from this dread disease was a shock to a great circle of friends and a distinct loss to the community and state.  His prominence as a breeder of Duroc-Jersey hogs was more than state wide and his constructive ability as a farmer widely recognized.  The deceased had reached the age of 52 years.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Friday and interment will take place in the Ontario cemetery.  the deceased is survived by three children, Dr. Oscar F. Freed, Paul L. Freed and Neva Freed Morris.  An obituary giving in detail the life and achievements of the deceased will be published later.

Ames Weekly Tribune, March 30, 1916

MANY PAY TRIBUTE TO LATE MR. FREED - Funeral services for the late Schuyler P. Freed were held at the Ontario church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were largely attended, many from other places being present.  The services were conducted by the Reverend Charles Wheeler of Des Moines, who after prayer and scripture reading delivered an able sermon.  Hymns were rendered by Mrs. Cora Cobb, Mrs. Nelle Stull, Mr. Carl and Maynard Pepper.  The following members of the church board served as pallbearers: F.S. Jones, A.S. Briley, S. Mangus, K.B. Moorehouse, J.N. Newlinn and G.A. Briley.  The body was borne to the Ontario cemetery and interment made there.

The following from out of town were present:  Mrs. Nancy Pennock, Mrs. Flora Hardesty, George and Burel Biggs of Valparaiso, Ind.; Mrs. Oscar Freed, Wellsburo, Ind.; Mrs. Alva Stephenson, Union Mills, Ind.: Mr. R.L. Wilson, Monroe city, Mo.; and Dr. Paul Green, Livingston, Mont.

Schuyler Paul Freed was born near Valparaiso, Ind., May 28, 1863, and died at his home just south of Ontario March 21, 1916.  He had lived 52 years, 8 months and 7 days.  He was the fifth of eleven children of Paul and Nancy Lee Freed, who were among the early settlers of northern Indiana.  His education was obtained in the country schools and he came up to manhood under the usual circumstances surrounding the young men of his time.

March 26, 1884, he was united in marriage with Miss Cambie McConkey at Troy, Mo., whither her father and mother had moved from Valparaiso a short time before.  These two young people had grown up together and had known each other from childhood and it was most natural that they should link their interests together.  This union has been blessed in many ways.  First and most natural would be their children, two sons and two daughters, Dr. O.F. Freed, Huxley; Mrs. Neva Morris, wife of Edward Morris, Ames; Paul Freed of Ames, and Vita, wife of Floyd Zenor.  It was the passing of Mrs. Zenor that crossed their path and became the most severe trial of their lives.

Mr. and Mrs. Freed shortly after their marriage moved to Story county and settled on a rented farm not far from Ontario, where they set themselves to the task of making for themselves a home, possessed of the spirit of thrift and energy.  They soon succeeded to the point of making an initial payment on the farm which since has been their home and which is located about one and one half miles south of Ontario. In the manner of building a home they succeeded handsomely, and selected a beautiful situation surrounded with every reasonable comfort and convenience.  How uncertain is our lives!  We are born.  we live for a time and we die; just in the noonday, at a time when the sun has struck meridian, and we are apparently able to live with ease and pleasure, our sun suddenly goes down and our lives on earth cease.

Mr. Freed united with the Christian church at Valparaiso in 1892, just before he moved to Ontario.  On moving here he and his wife became active factors in developing the church life of the community...   ...For fifteen years he was clerk of the church, and during those years seldom missed an important meeting of the church board.  Naturally possessed of an aggressive spirit and a sunny disposition, he urged his brethren always to larger things, and became most earnest and enthusiastic in the erecting of the present church building....

Whereas, death has removed from our church life and community one whom we have learned to respect and love in the person of our friend and brother, Schuyler Freed, we, the Official Board of the Christian church of Ontario, do hereby express our deep appreciation of his worth to us as a member of the board and the community in which he lived...

Frank Cobb, F.S. Jones, A.E. Ross, Committee

Ames Daily Tribune, October 7, 1952

FUNERAL THURSDAY FOR MRS. S.P. FREED - Mrs. S.P. Freed, 88, died at 3:30 a.m. today at Young's Nursing home from the complications of old age.  She had been in ill health for several years.  Services for her will be Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Adams Chapel in charge of the Rev. LaVerne Ervin of the Christian church.  Burial will be in the Ontario cemetery.

Born Nov. 5, 1863, at Shreeves, Ohio, Mrs. Freed moved with her family to Valparaiso, Ind., where she was married to S.P. Freed.  They came to Story county in 1892 and Mr. Freed died here in 1916.  Mrs. Freed was a member of the Christian church.

Surviving her are a son, Paul, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., a daughter, Mrs. Edward L. Morris of Ames, a sister, Mrs. R.L. Wilson of Monroe City, Mo., nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Preceding her in death were a son, Dr. O.F. Freed, and a daughter, Vita.



Neva's mother, Cambia Freed, is enjoying her four Morris grandchildren.  Neva and Ed raised their four children, BettyLee, Mary Jane, Leslee, and Walter, while farming the land that had belonged to Ed's father, Walter Morris.  Located immediately north of 24th Street and west of Hoover, the Morris farm would later become a residential area.  Walter Morris died in 1916, the year before Ed had graduated from Iowa State College.

Neva Morris has outlived three of her children: Leslee E. Morris (May 11, 1915 - December 27, 1991), BettyLee Morris Ammon (May 27, 1919 - January 13, 1998), and Mary Jane (November 2 1920 - January 3 1983).

Neva married into a family that had also been residents of Story County for many years.  Walter L. Morris, Ed's father, is mentioned in Payne's History of Story County, Iowa.

History of Story County, Iowa Volume 2 by William O. Payne, 1911

Walter L. Morris, living on section 34, Franklin township, has been a resident of Story county since the fall of 1875, arriving here when a youth of eleven years. He was born in Morrison, Illinois, on the 23d of May, 1864, his parents being Willard and Adaline (Leonard) Morris. He was the eldest son and fourth child in a family of seven children and spent the first eleven years of his life in the place of his nativity, after which he came with his parents to Story in the fall of 1875. They took up their abode in Washington township, two and a half miles west of Ames, and there lived for two years, after which they removed to Franklin township, where Walter L. Morris has since made his home.

He continued with his parents until his marriage and in the public schools of Illinois and of Iowa he pursued his education, while his training in farm work was received under the direction of his father. There were few leisure hours in his boyhood and yet at times he had opportunity to enjoy the sports which engaged the attention of all healthy youths.

In early manhood he engaged in farming on rented land with his father, who with his three sons rented and cultivated eight hundred acres of land for a number of years. The father owned and rented farm property. In 1889 Walter L. Morris purchased a part of his present farm and became owner of the remainder in 1902. He now has two hundred and forty acres of land lying on sections 27 and 34, his home standing on the latter section. The farm has been well improved by Mr. Morris and in its midst stands a comfortable modern residence, while other commodious and substantial buildings shelter grain, stock and farm machinery. The place is known as the Fairview farm and its name is well deserved. Everything about the place is kept in excellent condition and indicates the careful supervision and practical methods of a progressive owner. He raises the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and has also met with success in the breeding and raising of shorthorn cattle and Duroc Jersey hogs, having upon his place twenty head of registered shorthorns at the present time, while all of his hogs have been eligible to registry for the past fifteen years. He has been engaged in the breeding of shorthorns since 1898 and in addition to his herd he feeds from sixty to ninety head of cattle. In addition to his home property he owns a house and lot in Boone and his wife is the owner of residence property in Ames. He is likewise a stockholder in the Story County Fair Association and he is a charter member of the Breeders Association of Story county, of which he served as treasurer for a number of years.

On the 28th of November, 1895, Mr. Morris was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Rutheford, who was born in Ontario, Canada, June 26, 1863, and was brought to Story county in 1868 by her parents, Edward and Maria (Eckels) Rutheford, the former a native of New York and the latter of Ireland. Both were residents of Story county at the time of death, the father passing away April 4, 1875, when forty-six years of age, while the mother died January 27, 1896, at the age of sixty-seven years. He was a carpenter contractor and architect and practiced the profession of architecture in New York city for about ten years. Their family numbered six children, including Mrs. Morris, who by her marriage has become the mother of one son, Edward Leonard, born September 24, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are also rearing an adopted daughter, Eleanor Morris, born February 22, 1900. Their son at the age of twelve years was graduated from the rural schools with the first class that was graduated. He always displayed special aptitude in his studies and he is now successfully engaged in the breeding of Shetland ponies although but fourteen years of age.

Mr. Morris has always been a warm friend of the cause of education and was president of the township school board and one of the school directors of his district for a number of years. He also filled the office of assessor of Franklin township for twelve years and discharged his duties with promptness and ability during the entire period of his incumbency in office. For ten years he has filled the office of justice of the peace, in which connection his decisions are strictly fair and impartial. He has likewise served as township trustee for a number of years and is ever loyal and faithful to the confidence and trust reposed in him. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party and fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America, while his religious faith is indicated in his membership in the Congregational church of Ames. During thirty-six years' residence in Story county he has formed a wide acquaintance among the citizens of this part of the state and he is held in high esteem by those who have long known him as well as by his later acquaintances. In manner he is genial and social and wherever he goes wins the high regard of those with whom he is brought in contact.

Ames Weekly Tribune, December 7, 1917

WALTER MORRIS DIED AT HOME YESTERDAY - Walter Morris died at his home northwest of Ames yesterday morning after an illness of four months.  Mr. Morris' death was due to tumor of the stomach.  He was at Rochester for some time where he underwent an operation.

Mr. Morris was born in Morrisson, Ill., May 23, 1864, where he resided until coming to Ames in 1875, where he has since resided.  Mr. Morris was a member of three local lodges - the I.O.O.F., Knights of Phythias and Woodman of the World.

On November 28, 1895, he was married to Gertrude Rutherford, besides whom he is survived by one son, E.L. Morris, who with his family made their home with his father.  Other relatives surviving are his father, Williard Morris of Ames; four sisters - Mrs. C.F. Davis of Ames, Mrs. L.G. Rosenfelt of Kelley, Mrs. J.E. Kennan and Miss Gertrude Morris of Ames; two brothers - F. E. Morris and L.R. Morris of Ames.

The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Congregational church.  Fraternal organizations will take part in the services.