The Evening Dispatch, Wilmington, NC Saturday, March 19, 1910 Volume Fifteen March 19, 1910 COL. MORTON SOUTHERN MGR. Given Big Promotion by the Galena Co. Is to Have Charge of the Entire Southern Territory and Is in Line for an Executive Office—Will Remove to Atlanta—He Retires From the Race for the Legislature—Political Pot is Now Boiling Fast and Furiously. In recognition of able service Col. George L. Morton, of this city, has just been given one of the most important positions with the Galena Signal Oil Company, and which well deserved promotion places him in line for an executive office with the big concern. He has been named as Southern Manager of the Galena Company, and this means something big, as his field will cover the entire South, taking in points from Cincinnati to and including New Orleans, La. The only regrettable part about promotion is the fact that it will carry Col. Morton and family away from Wilmington, as while Wilmington will still be in the Southern territory and hence under the direction of Col. Morton, he will have to remove his headquarters, so as to be centrally located. Hence, he will within the next month or two remove his residence from here to Atlanta, Ga. This was stated to a Dispatch man this afternoon about 3 o’clock, Col. Morton arrived home early this afternoon, via the Seaboard and was seen then by The Dispatch man. He of course, regrets to leave Wilmington, which has many times honored him with office, and it must be frankly admitted honored him, too, when the odds seemed greatly against him, but which made the honor all the greater. He has time and time again represented New Hanover county in the legislative halls of North Carolina and he was considered the strongest candidate in the race this time, and that, too, after having declined to run, but being brought out by a big petition by his friends, and without his knowledge. Of course, Col. Morton states he will now withdraw from the race, and will prepare a card to this effect, and which will express his regret and his warm thanks to his many friends. The many friends of Col. and Mrs. Morton will regret deeply to see them leave Wilmington. Col. Morton has been a thorough Wilmingtonian and while his ideas did not always agree with many people’s, yet one could always place him. He was always frank and to the point. The retirement of Col. Morton will bring about a new boiling in the political pot, because many of those who aspired to the legislature were afraid to run against him. At present only Joseph W. Little, Esq., who has faithfully stuck to his candidacy and has been fighting hard, is in the race, but there are several more talked of. Friends of Woodus Kellum, Esq., a popular and splendid young lawyer, stated this afternoon that he would be in the race, though Mr. Kellum has made no definite announcement. Friends are also urging L. Clayton Grant, Esq., to run. [Garbage line of newsprint.] is also known now positively that ex-Alderman T. W. Wood is going to run for county commissioner. Mr. Wood stated such to a Dispatch man this morning when asked about it. Mr. Wood will make a strong run, as he made a good alderman and was foremost and in the thickest of the fight for municipal ownership of the waterworks.
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