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Morton is a small community in northeast Clinton Township, at the intersection of Sections 2, 3, 10 and 11.

Malcolm Romine prepared a history of Morton, which is available at the gift shop at the Putnam County Museum. I am going to just throw out a few pieces of information about the community and early newspaper articles here. You can read Malcom’s book for more detailed information.

The first land patents in the area were taken out by Samuel Vest in 1826 and 1828 in Section 10, which is southwest of Morton, and also in 1827 in Section 2, which is northeast of Morton. James Butcher also took out several land patents in Section 2 in 1826. As noted on page 10 of the Illustrated Atlas of Putnam County, other parts of Clinton Township were settled as early as 1821.

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