Biography of William G. Pease
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Pearse, William G., son of William H. and Rosanna (Gardner) Pearse, was born at Bristol Ferry, in 1648, and obtained his early education in the district schools of that vicinity. When he was quite young the family removed to Cumberland, near Woonsocket, R. I., where he worked on his father's farm until 1867. At that time he located in Swansea and formed a copartnership with David Mason, under the firm name of D. Mason & Co., to deal in live stock, principally horses and cattle. He continued in this and in other minor enterprises for ten years. In 1877 he engaged in the wholesale fruit and produce business on Second street in Fall River, associating himself with E. O. Easterbrooks, under the firm name of Pearse & Easterbrooks. Three years later they added agricultural implements to their stock, as well as a line of hardware, and still later they dropped the produce business and added harness and horse clothing. At this time Mr. Easterbrooks withdrew and his interest was taken by his brother, Charles E. Easterbrooks. Soon after the latter also retired, and Mr. Pearse became sole proprietor. In 1897 he took his son, William H. Pearse, into the firm, the name being then changed to William G. Pearse & Son. In August of the same year George Marvell was also admitted, at which time the firm name took its present form of W. G. Pearse & Co. Mr. Pearse has resided in Swansea for nearly thirty years. He enjoys the confidence and esteem of all with whom he comes in contact and is one of the leading business men of Fall River. He was married in 1870 to Elizabeth M., daughter of Gardner Slade of Somerset. Of this union one son survives, William H. Pearse.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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