Archibald Allen Pearson was born in Lincoln County,
Tennessee, October 21, 1847, and spent his boyhood days on a
farm. In 1856 his parents moved to Florida, but in the early
60's returned to the Lincoln County farm. There young Archibald
resumed his studies, but not for very long.
In 1864, when the armies of the South showed
great gaps and the end was coming into sight, the seventeen-year-old
boy dropped his books and joined General Forest's Cavalry. He
saw much service with that celebrated company, and fought on many a
bloody field, for Forest was never the man to avoid trouble.
In May, 1865, Mr. Pearson was paroled at
Greenville, Illinois, General Canby, U. S. A., signing his
parole. After that he clerked for eight years in a store in
Bedford, Ind., and then ran a store of his own in Mitchell, Ind.
From there he went to New York, where he went into the cloak business,
and it was in 1882 that he came to Kansas City, where he has ever
since been engaged in the millinery business.
He is a prominent member of the Commercial Club, a
thirty-second degree Mason, a Shriner, and a Knight Templar.
Mr. Pearson married Miss Anna Stillson, in
Bedford, Ind., in 1869. They have three children.