Bio: Blodgett, Morris (1957)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Blodgett, Timken, Shatola,
----Source: Clark County Press
(Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) October 3, 1957
Blodgett, Morris (1957)
Did you know that Morris Ralph Blodgett,
superintendent of the American Stores Dairy Co. plant at
Neillsville, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A.
& M., worked on his Doctors’ Degree at Pennsylvania
State; that he served with the signal corps in World War II, moved
in with the U. S. Forces on "D" Day?
Mr. Blodgett was born at Fair Water,
February 10, 1918, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Blodgett.
Morris has a brother, Howard, who is general manager of the
American Stores at Fair Water; a sister, Mrs. Henry (Lura) Shatola
of Milwaukee, and a sister, Mrs. Jack (Mary) Coburn of Cleveland,
As there was no high school in his home
town, he traveled eight miles each way daily to attend high school
at Ripon. There were no buses in those days and families had
to take turns driving to Ripon with students. While he was in high
school Morris played tennis, two years of football, played
saxophone in the high school band, in the Ripon College Band and in
the Ripon College Orchestra.
In 1938, Mr. Blodgett was graduated from
Ripon College with a B.S. degree in physics, and in the fall of
that year he entered Texas A. & M. at College Station,
Tex. In 1940 he received his Masters’ degree.
Seeking more education, he entered Pennsylvania State College, Pa.,
in the fall of 1940, and spent a year working toward a
Doctors’ degree. During this year, Morris taught part
time in the physics department; and in the fall of 1941 he returned
to Texas A. & M. as an instructor in the physics
While teaching in this Texas University,
he took some work in high frequency radio technique, and in the
spring of 1942 he enlisted in the signal corps as a second
lieutenant, induction taking place at Fort Monmouth, N. J., May 26,
1942. After two months of training he went to England, where
he studied radar equipment and activity while attached to the Royal
Air Force, as a technical officer.
In 1943, Mr. Blodgett returned to the
United States and was assigned to an American unit. For
several months he took these units on operational training.
In January, 1944, he returned to England traveling on the Queen
Training in England came to a halt on "D"
Day, June 6, 1944, and Lt. Blodgett crossed the English Channel and
landed on Omaha Beach, in France. Later, he moved to Belgium where
he was stationed during the "Battle of the Bulge." His
service was in Northern France, near Paris, at Namur; at Liege,
Belgium; and later at Wiesbaden, Frankfurt on the Rhine, and
After peace was negotiated, Lt. Blodgett
was placed on a Liberty ship which, in crossing the English Channel
in the dark, collided with another. His ship was forced to
return to Antwerp. After being transferred to a new ship,
they set out for America and landed in New York. Two days
later he moved on to Fort Sheridan, Ill., where he was discharged
in November, 1945. He arrived home on Thanksgiving
Having worked with the American Stores
cannery at Fair Water in 1940: while attending high school: Mr.
Blodgett found himself early in 1946, again employed by American
Stores, assisting in the canning of peas and corn. During the
canning season, he worked with personnel and during the off-season,
he reconditioned machinery.
In October, 1946, he was married to
Patricia Jean Timken, of Augusta, Kans. They made their home at
Fair Water until November 15, 1949, when they moved to
Since 1949, Morris Blodgett worked in the laboratory, in the sterilizing room, in the receiving room, the engine.
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