Biography of Thomas J. Perry
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THOMAS J. PERRY.
There are many native sons of Iowa county who are still residing here, being convinced that the opportunities here offered are equal to those found elsewhere. Among them is Thomas J. Perry, a well known druggist of Wiiliamsburg, who was born in York township, on the 25th of May, 1873, a son of Thomas J. and Elizabeth (Jones) Perry, both natives of New York state, where they were reared and married. In 1866 they removed to Wisconsin and some time later came to this county, locating upon a farm in York township. The father was actively engaged in agricultural pursuits there until 1882, when he removed to Williamsburg, where his death occurred in 1896, at the age of sixty two years. His widow is still living at the age of seventy four years and resides in Williamsburg.

The public schools of Williamsburg afforded Thomas J. Perry his early educational opportunities. He decided upon the study of pharmacy and in 1890 entered the drug store of G. W. Alt, where he remained until 1893, when he entered the pharmaceutical department of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City. After a year's study in that institution he passed the state board examination and was duly registered as a pharmacist. Not long afterward he accepted a position in a drug store at Millersburg and later entered into partnership with L. W. Hatter and purchased the business. After two years he sold his interest to his partner and came to Williamsburg, where he established himself as a druggist. In 1910 he removed his store to its present commodious quarters and as he erected the building himself it is splendidly adapted to its purpose and is equipped with everything that will aid in the conduct of business. He is thoroughly up to date and progressive; carries the best lines of druggists sundries in addition to a full stock of pure drugs and as his business methods are above question his patronage is growing steadily.

In 1900 Mr. Perry was married, Miss Amelia Jones becoming his wife. Her father, the late David T. Jones, was a successful farmer and a director of the Williamsburg Savings Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have a son, T. Emerson.

Mr. Perry is a republican but is not hide bound in his partisanship and is very progressive and liberal in his views. For ten years he served as a member of the town council and in that time was influential in securing the passage of a number of ordinances that have proved of value to the municipality. His membership is with the Methodist Episcopal church and his wife belongs to the Presbyterian church. Fraternally he is identified with Stellapolis Lodge, No. 362, A. F. & A. M., Troy Chapter, No. 719, R: A. M., and the Williamsburg Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. His wife is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. As he is an enthusiastic supporter of every movement that seeks the development of Williamsburg it is but natural that he is a member of the Williamsburg Boosters Club. There is no better. known or more valued resident in the city than Thomas J. Perry, who has not only gained individual success but has also contributed to the general welfare.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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