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NICHOLS, JOSEPH L.
Was born of Quaker parents near West Chester, Chester county, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1843. When he was about one year old his parents removed to Philadelphia, where he was reared. At the age of fourteen he began to support himself, being employed as an errand boy in a queens ware establishment in Philadelphia, where he remained until the latter part of 1858. In this last mentioned year he went to Wilmington, Delaware, and was employed in an auction house. In 1861 he returned to Philadelphia and was employed as messenger and postmaster in the United States army hospital until the fall of 1862, when he began to learn the trade of book-binding and worked two years at that business. In 1864 he enlisted in company F, One Hundred and Ninety-second Pennsylvania volunteer infantry and served until the fall of 1865, when he was mustered out. Returning to Philadelphia he resumed the business of book-binding, following it until 1868, when he was employed as hotel clerk in the Arch Street House, Philadelphia. In 1872 he gave up clerking, came to Grundy county and established his present business of dealing in musical instruments and fancy goods and conducting a restaurant, at Trenton. In 1875, in company with several business men of Trenton on their way east, he met with a severe accident on the Wabash Railroad, the train falling through Gower's bridge, and he received an injury from which he has never recovered. In 1877, January 17th, he married Mrs. Josephine Range, of Trenton. They have three children: Claude, Lee Murray and Norris. He is a prominent Mason, having taken the Knight Templar degree. He is also a Knight of Pythias and is past grand chancellor of that order.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Geneaology Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack  


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