Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Warren H., son of Phineas Pearl, was born in Little Falls, Herkimer Co., N. Y., and
was the second in a family of seven children. His parents were both natives of Vermont. His mother died Aug. 23,
1866. His father is yet living, at the age of ninety one years. About 1830, Mr. Pearl, Sr., removed to Michigan
with his family and settled in Monroe County. In 1840 he changed his residence to Benton township, Berrien County.
Warren Pearl spent his time upon his father's farm until he had reached his majority, attending the common schools
of his neighborhood and taking advantage of whatever educational advantages they afforded. Nov. 6, 1847, he was
married to Miss Minerva Randall, daughter of Joseph and Lucretia Randall. Mr. and Mrs. Pearl are the parents of
nine children, as follows: Fannie L., born Sept. 3, 1848; Ellen L., born Sept. 24, 1850; Gilbert P., born Nov.
6, 1854; James W., born Jan. 25, 1857; Josephine, born March 26, 1860, died Aug. 5, 1861; Jessie W., born Aug.
26, 1862, died Aug. 12, 1866; Addie M., born March 16, 1865, died Aug. 16, 1865; Ervin R., born May 20, 1866; Nancy
B., born July 17, 1867. In 1850, Mr. Pearl went to California and sought fortune among the gold mines of that region,
but in 1852 he returned to Michigan. His original homestead in the town of Benton consisted of one hundred and
sixty acres, since increased to one hundred and ninety. He also owns one hundred and ten acres in other localities.
Mr. Pearl is a man of generous principles, and his honor and integrity are not to be questioned. In politics he
is a staunch Democrat. He has served twice as highway commissioner, but has never sought for office. He is a member
of no church organization, and entertains liberal views on religious subjects. From a small beginning in life he
has amassed a comfortable property, and deserves great credit for his persevering efforts towards success. A view
of his home will be found in this work.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.