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NICHOLSON is a member of the firm of Knox & Nicholson
to H. D. Walwrath), dealers in dry-goods, carpets, and curtain goods,
at Cherokee, Iowa. Like many of the promising young business
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
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
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
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
Illinois, and removed to Iowa with her parents. Mr. Nicholson
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
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
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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