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Charles Nicholson

CHARLES NICHOLSON is a member of the firm of Knox & Nicholson (successors to H. D. Walwrath), dealers in dry-goods, carpets, and curtain goods, at Cherokee, Iowa.  Like many of the promising young business men of the West, h e claims Sweden as his fatherland, where he was born in the month of February, 1855.  His father was N. Nicholson, who served in the responsible capacity of judge for nine years.  Mr. Nicholson came to America in 1870, stopping first in Michigan where he attended the public graded school; he had been a regular student of the common schools in his native country until he was fifteen years of age.  In 1873 he came to Iowa, locating in Franklin County, where he was employed as a clerk for two years.  He then came to Cherokee County and entered the store of Mr. Walrath, with whom he remained five years.  At the end of that period he formed a co-partnership with A. B. Knox and purchased Mr. Walrath's interest in the business, after which the firm was, and still is, known as Knox & Nicholson.  In 1888 these gentlemen built their present fine brick store building, which is 24 x 100 feet, two stories high, with a basement; all of this place is occupied with a very complete, varied, and extensive stock of general dry-goods, the main department and salesroom being situated on the first floor, and the second being devoted to carpets, cloaks, sewing machines and curtains.

In 1883 Mr. Nicholson was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Baterson, a daughter of N. B. Batterson, now deceased.  Mrs. Nicholson was born in the State of Illinois, and removed to Iowa with her parents.  Mr. Nicholson is a member of Speculative Lodge, No. 307, A.F. & A. M., and of Burning Bush Chapter, No. 90, R.A.M.  He is a young man of most excellent business qualifications and has been quite successful in his mercantile career in Cherokee, the firm of which he is a member being the heaviest healers in the whole county.  It may further more be added that our subject has arrived at his present position of independence and prosperity through his own unaided efforts, and the credit due the self made man has been justly earned by him. 

Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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