Peter Morrison was reared and educated in New York where he learned the trade of a carpenter, and was engaged there in railroad contracting. In 1867 he came to Ida County, Iowa, in 1872 located in Garfield township, and in 1874 settled in Battle Creek when that place contained only a post office. He immediately began contracting and building.
In 1861, in Dane County, Wisc., he enlisted in Company H, 8th Wisc. Infantry, known as Runnell’s Guards. He took part in the battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Antietam, Murfreesboro, Lookout Mountain, and in the Peninsular Campaign. He was twice wounded and carries the two bullets. He was discharged after serving 5 years, 2 months, and 23 days. He is a member of the Mathew Gray Post, No. 93, at Ida Grove.
Peter and Emma Morrison had 6 children: James, Sarah, Martha, Matilda, Mary, and George.