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LOUIS PIERSON, who is engaged in the sale of wines and liquors in Greenview, was born in Sweden, December 13, 1854, his parents being Peter and Sophia Pierson. The father is still living in Sweden and on the 10th of March, 1904, passed the eighty-fourth milestone on life's journey. Throughout his business career he has been engaged in the construction of thatch roofs in the summer seasons and in the winter months he has made baskets for holding grain at the time the seed is being sown. He lost his wife when she was forty-eight years of age. They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom are living with the exception of the elder daughter, who died at the age of five years.
Louis Pierson was reared in his native country and attended its public schools, but his educational privileges were limited, as it was necessary that he provide for his own support from an early age, and whatever success he has achieved through his business career has come as the direct result of his labor and diligence. He was thirty-two years of age when he came to Menard county, arriving on the 17th of March, 1887. He began working for Andrew Gaddie, by whom he was employed for four months and thirteen days, after which he entered the employ of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company. He began work at the coal shaft December 15, 1887, and continued in that line of business until May 5, 1896, when he made arrangement to go into business on his own account and on the 15th of June opened a saloon in Athens. There he remained until the 28th of June, 1898, when he came to Greenview, where he as since conducted a saloon with constantly growing success.
On the 12th of September, 1899, Mr. Pierson was united in marriage to Miss Mary W. Pierson, a daughter of David and Julia (Lundelins) Pierson, both of whom were natives of Sweden, the former born December 31, 1843, and the latter November 10, 1842. They were married in Sweden and are now living in Menard county, where the father is engaged in farming and stock-raising. They hold membership in the Swedish Lutheran church. In their family are five children, a son and four daughters, of whom only two are now living; Mrs. Louis Pierson, born March 25, 1879; and Robert G., born January 31, 1879, and now a resident of Menard county. Our subject and his wife have three children: Earl L., born July 13, 1900; Harold T., born February 18,1902; and Conrad J., born February 15, 1904. All have been baptized in the Swedish Lutheran church.
Mr. Pierson became a charter member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Athens on the 6th of April, 1893. In politics he is independent, voting for the man whom he thinks best qualified for office. Since coming to this county he has steadily progressed in his business career and he has manifested the diligence and perseverance so characteristic of people of his nationality.