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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (May 29, 1902)
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of its originator and founder. In his
death the country loses a sincere , well-
balanced and public-spirited citizen.
Tribune. Mr. Morton was one of the
uncoinpromisingdetermined public men
His death removes one of the country's
strongest men , and one whose services
have been far above the ordinary value.
Journal He was the foremost citizen
of Nebraska , a sturdy man of Scotch-
English strength of will and character
and genuine in his friendships. His
death is a great loss to all who knew
and loved the man.
Nonpareil. Although J. Sterling
Morton was a man of great achieve
ments in varied lines of human activity ,
there can be no more suggestive tribute
to his greatest work , and no more be
fitting inscription to speak for the now
silent voice , than the simple "Plant
Sentinel. Sterling Morton was one of
the half-dozen leading Americans. We
do not know his peer , and there are
but two or three men living who equal
him in all the sterling qualities the
average American so much admires.
His life should and will prove a beacon
light to rising generations.
Herald. In the death of J. Sterling
Morton , of Nebraska , one of the most
notable characters in all the United
States has passed feway. He was a
strong man hi all that the word implies.
He was a man of rugged honesty.
Democrat. His name will be honored
and respected for generations to come ,
and every tree and every shrub planted
on Arbor Day is a living monument to
his greatness , honesty and integrity.
Register. He was the kind of man
who makes a nation strong and power
ful , combining as he did great patriot
ism with equal intelligence and cour
age. Personally , he was a man of
Palladium. Mr. Morton is one of the
fGVf upon whom the stigma of personal
politics or sectional politics or debased
politics left no stain.
Conrant. He was a man of positive
qualities , beliefs and language. To the
country at large he made himself known
as a zealous secretary of agriculture , a
staunch champion of the right and the
inventor of Arbor Day.
Post. He was one of the strong men
of the West in his generation. With
him tree-planting was more than a
hobby. It was his belief that no nobler
work could be done than the work ol
restoring the forests that have been
sacrificed to the acts of the lumberman.
He was the Father of Arbor Day.
Telegraph. Arbor Day is enough to
serve as his monument few meu have
a better one.
Neivs. In the death of J. Sterling
Morton the country lost a highly in
tellectual and progressive man who has
in his time said and done something to
make life better worth the living.
Thousands of Americans will claim the
privilege of contributing some plant ,
shrub or tree to add to the attractiveness
of the Morton Arboretum.
Express. The memory of J. Sterling
Morton is perpetuated by thousands of
living trees that were planted as a re
sult of his almost preternatural love for
growing nature. As long as Arbor
Day will be observed , so long will
kindly memories of this man be
Herald. His personal and political
courage , his generous disposition , his
absolute sincerity won him the con
fidence and affections of all the people
among whom he dwelt.
Transcript. Physically he was a
model of a man. of great physical
strength , endurance and grace , with an
iron constitution and wholesome habits
that gave to him. at all times the fullest
control of his faculties.
Post. He was a high type of the
American citizen. What he believed ,
he believed with all his mind , and he
was ever ready for the combat. Though
his career in public office was compara
tively brief , he became a conspicuous
character who left a distinct impress
upon the-affairs of his time.
Call. Arbor Day , of which he was
the founder , has been adopted gener
ally , and those who have witnessed the
rapid depletion of our forests , as well as
the scientists who have calculated the
effects this will have upon our seasons ,
will unite in paying tribute to his mem
ory upon this score , even if they should
overlook other hardy virtues.
Free Press. He taught the necessity
of respecting the trees and restoring the
forests. This work has exercised a
powerful influence over public opinion ,
and Mr. Morton's share in it was the
most important achievement of his long
and honorable career.
News. J. Sterling Morton , of Ne
braska , was one of the strong charac
ters of the West. He had opinions and
never hesitated to express them. His
interest in reafforestation was deep and
led him to the first suggestion of Ar
Herald. He sought office and prefer
ment not for the honor or emoluments
thus secured , but for the good he could
Commercial West. The late J. Ster
ling Morton was a type of the highest
citizenship of this republic. As farmer
journalist , statesman , orator , patriot
parent , he served his country well.
Journal. Mr. Morton was an ener
getio , aggressive , resourceful man of
much strength and character. In Ar
bor Day , now so generally observed , he
has left a monument made by his own
Times. Mr. Morton will be long and
gratefully remembered as the Father of
Dispatch. The death of J. Sterling
Morton removes one of the strong men
of the nation. Wherever he was ho
showed strength of character which
was as visible within the limited horizon
zen of his private life as when , as sec
retary of agriculture , its display was
nationally visible. 3
Globe. Julius Sterling Morton was
one of the great minds of the West.
Republican. He was a useful and
influential citizen in many directions ,
but the highest tribute that can be paid
to his memory is the acknowledgement
of the fact that he was the author and
founder of Arbor Day.
News. If the dictum that the man
who makes two blades of grass grow
where there had been but one should be
extended to include the cultivation of
trees , J. Sterling Morton's name ought
to stand at the top of the list of phi
Review. To those who come after
him he leaves nothing of greater value ,
nothing by which he should be more
kindly remembered than the advice
which he urged early and often , "Plant
Leader. His death takes away an
upright man , and in the future his
opinions will receive that modicum of
praise which has been denied them in
some quarters during life.
Herald. He was too bluntly honest
to be a successful politician , but his
career was admirable. As the Father
of Arbor Day he deserves and will re
Standard. At first a farmer of the
regulation type , Mr. Morton later de
veloped into an agriculturist. He lived
to see Arbor Day a distinguished date
in the calendar of every state in the
Tribune. Personally Mr. Morton is
said to have enjoyed the highest esteem
among those who were nearest to him.
His probity was unquestioned , and he
could never be swerved from a course
which he had marked out as the correct
one for him to take.
Journal. There is something wrong
in the man's composition who does not
warm up more or less over tree-plant
ing , and while most of us do our duty
to posterity in this regard , it is doubt
less true that Mr. Morton's work to this
end has been the means of planting
millions of trees that otherwise would
not have been planted.
Globe-Democrat. A courageous , ro
bust and thoroughly balanced personal
ity passes off the stage of affairs in the
death of J. Sterling Morton. His death
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