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Submitted by Elizabeth Burns, Aug 2002

A.A. Nicholson
Arizona, The Youngest State, 1913

A.A. Nicholson has for seventeen years been identified with the commercial interests of Wilcox where he has acquired quite extensive property interests.  He was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1855 and is a son of Allan and Margaret Nicholson.  The parents were born, reared and married in Scotland and there were born the two eldest of their thirteen children, six of whom are still living.

A.A. Nicholson passed his early life at home, where he had instilled into his youthful mind many lessons on the value of thrift and diligence as well as honesty in the pursuit of a successful career.  He remained in Canada until 1881 when he crossed the border into the United States and engaged in business in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He remained there for a number of years and then went to the state of Washington but after a two year sojourn there returned to St. Paul where he continued in business until 1899.  In the autumn of that year he came to Wilcox Arizona and formed a partnership with his brother but subsequently became sole proprietor of the business which he is still conducting.  He has met with a fair measure of success since coming here and holds title to the property where his business is located, besides owning his residence and other local real estate, including a one hundred and sixty acre ranch in the vicinity of Wilcox which he is improving.

In Minnesota on the 23rd of April 1885, Mr. Nicholson was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Marshall who was born and reared in that state.  She is the fifth in order of birth in a family of nine children, seven of whom are still living; her parents being Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall who passed away in Minnesota.  There Mrs. Nicholson resided until 1901 when she joined her husband in Wilcox.  Of their marriage have been born two children: Murdoch Allan, born October 2, 1886 and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1911 with the degree of M.D. and is practicing in Hampton Iowa.  Marshall John, born October 6, 1896, is a student in the Normal School at Tempe.

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