From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 470
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pearson. Representatives of pioneer families of the towns of Ironton and LaValle, the estimable couple whose names introduce this sketch, is, rightly enough, one of the outstanding families of the community in which their lives have been lived and where their associations have been most warmly felt. Charles Pearson, postmaster of the village of LaValle, was born on his father's farm in the town of Ironton, May 2, 1867, son of Charles and Martha (Harrison) Pearson, English immigrants. His paternal grandparents, Manelious and Sarah (Roe) Pearson, natives of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, came to the United States in 1841, and settled on the Pearson farm in the town of LaValle in 1848. A son Charles was born in England, and married, in Sauk County, Martha, daughter of George and Martha (Bottomley) Harrison. She was born in 1832 and came to LaValle with her parents in 1848, where she was married. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pearson, Sr., had several children, one of whom was Charles, our subject. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth and on Sept. 23, 1891, was united in marriage to Emeline L. Tordoff.
This lady was born in the town of LaValle, Nov. 8, 1864, daughter of Edmund and Harriet (Pickles) Tordoff. Her paternal grandfather, John Tordoff, was born in England, March 22, 1839, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Priestley) Tordoff. He came to America in 1848, and to LaValle in 1851. In England he was married to Emma, daughter of Rueben and Elizabeth Thorton, also English immigrants, of the year 1848. Edmund Tordoff was born in 1827, was twenty-one years of age when his family came to America.
Mr. Charles Pearson has always been active in social and financial circles in LaValle and vicinity. He was one of the founders of the State Bank of LaValle in 1902, was its original vice-president, and since 1921 he has been president of that institution.
Mr. and Mrs. Pearson have four children: Harriet Ruby, Louie Tordoff, Cecil Lee and Charles Edmund.
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