Alexander & Thomas McMichael
A. & T. McMichael, grain merchants of McGregor, established their business here in the fall of 1880, and are two of the leading grain merchants of the county. They have an elevator in McGregor where they clean their grain for the market also have grain elevators in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and ship annually over 1,000,000 bushels of grain. A. & T. McMichael started in the grain business at Brownsville, Minnesota, in 1860, and moved to Dubuque in 1878, and from there to McGregor. They are natives of Scotland and sons of William and Rachel (Proudfoot) McMichael. They came with their parents to Canada in 1853, remained there until 1860 when they removed to Minnesota.
Thomas was born July 15, 1837. He married Harriet Powlesland, Jan. 3, 1861, at Dubuque, Iowa. She was born in England, and was a daughter of William and Harriet (Bodley) Powlesland; he was a farmer and tanner and currier. Mr. and Mrs. McMichael are members of the Presbyterian church; they have had six children, five living--William, Harriet, Thomas, Rachel and Florence. Mr. McMichael is a member of the Masonic lodge and demitted member of Hokah Chapter, No. 16, at Hokah, Minn., also of Couer du Leon Commandery, No. 3, Winona, Minn. In politics he is a Democrat.
Alexander McMichael was born July 16, 1831. In 1862 he married Margaret De Lormier, of Dubuque, Iowa. She was a daughter of Peter and Margaret De Lormier. Mr. McMichael resides in Lansing, Iowa; he and wife are members of the Presbyterian church. They have had four children, three living--Alexander, Bertha and baby.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 995-996