Will’s Grandfather Frank Kerby homesteaded in Long Valley (south of Cascade , Idaho). Will’s father was born in Long Valley 1898. In 1928 Will was born on a ranch in the Alpha area in Long Valley. Will surmises that growing up around the remnants of early ranch life peaked his curiosity for old things. Remembering fondly his childhood, he loved the sound of the Shay (logging trains with multiple drive wheels used to negotiate steep inclines) moving out of the mountain canyons not very far from the one-room school he attended in Alpha School.
Affectionately he recalled an engineer friend letting him pull the train whistle. Will’s Grandfather, John Morgan worked in logging in Nova Scotia, Canada from thereto Minnesota where he was a master mechanic for Weyerhaeuser and from Minnesota to Cascade, Idaho still with Weyerhaeuser after there a short time, Boise Payette lumber company took over the Weyerhaeuser operation at Cascade.
Will’s Grandfather retired in 1941 and the Company contacted Jack Morgan and asked him to take his Dad’s place which he did. In 1946 Jack purchased The logging division at New Meadows from Boise Payette Lumber company and named it J.I. Morgan, Inc.
After Will graduated from Cascade High School he worked summers on the ranch. Will attended the University of Idaho for two years. In between school years he worked summers for his Uncle, J.I. (Jack) Morgan. When the Korean conflict came along he spent two years in the army. During a time when he was home on leave, he married his wife Myrna who was from a California logging family. Will and Myrna raised 4 children.
Will always believed he would be a rancher like his father, but his Uncle Jack persuaded him to move permanently to Meadows Valley and work for the J.I. Morgan Logging Company. He started as a choker setter and never returned to ranching.
With the advent of the logging truck in the 40’s, J.I. Morgan did not have to relocate his young logging company. The trucks made transportation of timber less reliant on the rails.
THE J.I. MORGAN/DEPOT CONNECTION
WILL SAVES THE DEPOT
LOGGING INDUSTRY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- President, J.I. Morgan, Inc. 1977-1997
- Chairman of the Board, J.I. Morgan, Inc. 1988-1997
- Worked for J.I. Morgan, Inc. 45 years 1952-1997
- President, International Logging Conference 1976
- President, Southern Idaho Forestry Association 1979-1980
- President, Idaho Forestry Industry Council 1980
- President, Timber Products Manufacturers 1989-1990
- President, Pacific Logging Conference 1982
- Meadows Valley School Board 12 years
- Army Veteran
- Contributor to ACHS Endowment