Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
ALFRED MORRELL is well known
and one of Douglas county's popular ferrymen at Bridgeport. He owns
and operates a first class boat about one mile below Bridgeport where he
does a large business. In addition to this property, he has various
other holdings throughout the county, as farms and so forth.
Alfred Morrell was born in Ontario, Canada,
on March 20, 1853, being the son of Samuel and Theodore (Doty) Morrell,
natives of Canada. The excellent schools of Ontario furnished the
educational training of our subject and he remained in his native country
until grown to manhood. In early manhood, he enlisted in the Thirty-second
military company under Colonel Sprout and for three years was in the London
barracks and at other military points. Following his term of service
he returned to civil life and in December, 1888, came to the United States.
One year was spent in Seattle then he came to Douglas county and took a
homestead about twelve miles south from Waterville. After that, we
find him operating on the Okanogan river with John H. Thompson. He
put in the first ferry on the Okanogan river and for three years was acively
engaged in conducting this business. Then he operated a ferry at
Port Columbia for a short time. Subsequent to that, he moved to his
present place and put in a boat which he is now operating. While
Mr. Morrell has had the misfortune to lose his right arm, he is able to
handle his business in good shape. He has four brothers and three
sisters, George E., Melven, Joshua, John, Mary J., Ellen and Doty.
Mr. Morrell is a member of the M. W. A. While his early
training was under the Baptist denomination, he is now an adherent of the
First Church of Christian Scientists, of Boston, Massachusetts.