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Amos Pearsall
Mendon Twp.

Amos Pearsall, manufacturer of fine carriages, is one of the prominent business men of McGregor, Ia., and was born in Chenango County, N.Y., on the 14th day of January, 1822, a son of Amos H. and Clarissa (Nichols) Pearsall. He was reared on his father's farm until he was fourteen years of age, when he began to learn the trade of a saddler, and subsequently was employed on the road selling goods, traveling extensively through the Southen States. In 1849 he married Amelia Church, a daughter of Billings Church, of Chenango County, N.Y., and immediately afterward emigrated to Trumbull Co., O. He embarked in the jewelry business in company with L. F. Emmons, employing from twelve to fifteen men on the road selling goods. He remained there some four or five years, when he disposed of his share of the business to Mr. Emmons and removed to Platteville, Wis., where he established a livery and stage line between Galena and Prairie du Chien. In the spring of 1856 he came to McGregor, where he engaged in the livery business until 1871; then for nine years was one of the firm of G. Hawley & Co., manufacturers of fine carriages. Since 1880 the firm has been A. Pearsall & Son. They have a large trade and make fine goods. They own and occupy a large four-story building. Mr. and Mrs. Pearsall are the parents of four children--George E., Cornelia J., Charles A. and Clara N. Mr. Pearsall is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Bezer Lodge, of McGregor.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 998-999
Transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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