P. L. PEARSALL.
The beautiful art of photography is very creditably represented at Wapello by P. L. Pearsall, who during the past
four years has maintained a studio in this place. He is a native of Linn county, Iowa, born at Center Point, December
12, 1886, and is a son of J. H. and Susan (Shaffer) Pearsall, who were born in Indiana and Iowa respectively. The
father came to this state about 1857 and located in Linn county, where he has ever since made his residence. He
is now sixty two years of age. The mother died in 1907 at the age of fifty nine. There were seven children in their
family, namely: Cora, who is the wife of W. T. Clark, of Sherwo0d, North Dakota; Ella, who married W. M. Brown,
of Walker, Iowa; Lewis, who lives at Center Point, Iowa; Edith, the wife of H. J. Crosmer of Tripp, South Dakota;
Agnes, who became the wife of O. D. Church, of Conde, South Dakota; P. L., of this review; and Lotta, who married
Frank Routh, of Wapello.
P. L. Pearsall possesed advantages of education in the common schools and pursued his studies also in the high
school. At the age of sixteen he was attracted to the photographic business, to which he has ever since given his
attention. He came to Wapello in 1907 and opened a studio upon his own account, being the only photographer in
this place. As he has fine artistic talent and good taste and from boyhood made a close study of nature and art,
his success as a photographer was from the start assured. He takes very great interest in his work and his patrons
speak in high terms of his ability. It is evident that he made no mistake in the selection of a vocati0n.
On the 15th of April, 1907, Mr. Pearsall was married to Miss Lena Davis, a daughter of Oscar and Inez (Battleson)
Davis, in whose family were two children, the other being Mamie, who is living at home with her parents.
Mr. Pearsall has voted the republican ticket ever since he cast his Hirst ballot and is a stanch supporter of the
principles of the party. Religiously he gives his adherence to the Christian church and his life is largely controlled
by the teachings of the great book on which the church is founded. He is now well established in a lucrative and
growing business and is enjoying prosperity, which he has earned through well directed application. His future
gives promise of increasing honor and usefulness.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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