Biography of William Moorhouse
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William Moorhouse, born March 8th, 1830, is a native of Beckwith, Canada. He was reared as a farmer, and in 1835, removed to Leeds county, remaining until 1848; then entered the mercantile business at Perth as clerk. In 1851 he took charge of a branch store at Lanark, which he soon purchased. In 1861 he came to Nininger, Minnesota, and ran a saw mill with D. W. Truax. Came to Hastings in 1863, and was one of the firm of Truax, Moorhouse and Knowlton, interested in what is now the Libbey lumber mill. He next went into the grocery trade, continuing until 1868; then engaged in selling agricultural implements. Since 1870 he has been largely connected with millinery and fancy goods. He has been one of the elders of the Presbyterian church since 1873. Mr. Moorhouse has been twice married; his present wife was Miss Sarah, Van Auken, a native of New York, who in 1864 established a millinery trade in Hastings. Isabella, Clare E. and Emma F. E. are his daughters by his first wife.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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