Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ENOCH F. MORRIS, who has been
identified with the Wenatchee valley since the state of Washington was
admitted into the union, is now one of the prominent and successful fruit
raisers of Chelan county, residing a short distance from
He was born in Denton county, Texas, April
16, 1863. His father, Enoch Morris, was one of the earliest Texan
pioneers, and became a prominent figure in the history of that state.
He first located in what is now Bowie county, subsequently removing to
Denton county, where our subject was born. Here the latter attended
district school, and alternately engaged in farming and stock-raising.
At the age of eighteen he went into the "Pan Handle country," and for seven
years rode the range as a cowboy. He then invaded the Indian Territory,
where he worked one year, and then came to the Puget Sound country, where
he engaged in a variety of employments.
He settled in Wenatchee in 1889, working several
months for Phil Miller. He has five brothers, Jerome, Seth, George,
Jacob and Lemuel, and four sisters, Jennie Smith, Cora Hicks, Ida Slack
and Addie, residing at home. He was married at Wenatchee, September
16, 1893, to Mattie L. Freer, born in Wenatchee, in 1875. Her father,
Frank Freer, was a "Buckeye," descended from an old and distinguished Ohio
family. He and his brother, David, were the first white settlers
in the vicinity of Wenatchee, and for several years subsequent to their
arrival they traded with the Indians, and, eventually, married Indian wives.
Mrs. Morris has one half brother, John Freer, and one sister, Minnie Smith.
To Mr. and Mrs. Morris three children have been born, Lawrence, aged seven,
Arnold, aged four and Percy, aged sixteen months.
The affiliations, fraternally of our subject,
are with the M. W. A. and the K. of P., both Wenatchee organizations.
Politically, he is a Democrat, and prominently identified with the interests
of the party. His parents live about four miles from Wenatchee, on