Source: Progressive Men of the State of Montana, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
Zade S. Morgan, of Gallatin county, was born in Vermillion county, IL, on May 18, 1845, a son of Josiah Morgan, whose history is given at some length in the sketch of Weck Morgan, elsewhere in this work. In 1849 the family removed to Garden Grove, Decatur county, Iowa, where they engaged in farming and stock raising, and where Mr. Morgan passed his school days, remaining on the homestead until 1869. He then went to Leavenworth county, Kansas, and for eleven years was farming and stock raising on his own account. Owing to drought and other unfavorable climatic conditions, he was only moderately successful in Kansas, and in 1880 left that state for Montana, journeying by rail to Red Rock and staging from there to Bozeman. He remained about a year in the Gallatin valley, and then removed to Meagher county, locating near White Sulphur Springs, where he engaged in stock raising for eight years. Then, for the purpose of securing better educational advantages for his children, he returned to the Gallatin valley and, buying railroad land, he now has about 2,000 acres in his ranch and also owns a fine residence in Bozeman. On the ranch his principal crop is fall wheat. He has also been raising numbers of shorthorn cattle and Norman horses.
Mr. Morgan recently purchased in the east the nucleus of a heard of thoroughbred cattle, and intends to go into the breeding of them on an extensive scale, being well fitted for this business by reason of the quality and location of his land, the completeness and superiority of his buildings, and the fullness and accuracy of his knowledge on the subject. Mr. Morgan was married on October 13, 1872, to Miss Martha V. Mason, a native of Missouri and a daughter of Albert and Sarah Mason, who removed to Kansas during her childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Mason have three children, living, Glenn, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume; Albert, who is married to Miss Grace Gifford, and Frank, who is still at home. A daughter, Agnes, is now deceased. Miss May Smiley, a niece of Mr. Morgan, also makes her home with them. In the public affairs of the community Mr. Morgan has been most helpful and influential. No matter of public benefit fails to get his active and forceful aid. He is a promoter of telephone lines and kindred improvements, and in all respects is enterprising, progressive and productive. He is physically a gentleman of commanding appearance, being over six feet tall and well proportioned. He is still in the prime of life and has the promise of many years of usefulness before him. For some years he has served his people as county commissioner and in other capacities.