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    William M. Pursell, manufacturer, Piqua. Mr. Pursell is a native of Indiana, born in Dearborn Co. in 1840; his parents removed to Cincinnati when he was a boy, and he received the benefit of the city school privileges until about 15 years of age, when he became engaged in mercantile pursuits, in which he continued about twelve years, then came to Piqua and became connected with the manufacturing establishment with which he is now connected, but then operated by a different firm; he has continued with this establishment since, and is now the junior member of the firm of John O'Ferrall & Co., proprietors of the Piqua Car and Agricultural Works, and has charge of the details of the business. Mr. Pursell is an honored member of the Masonic Order, and is the High Priest of Piqua Chapter. also Regent of the Royal Arcanum; he is one of those genial, good fellows who are selected to bear the honors and burdens of non-paying official positions, and is withal a useful, respected citizen. He entered the U. S. Army in 1862; was a Lieutenant on Gen. Mitchell's staff, but rheumatism compelled him to resign: His residence is a handsome property on Wayne street, between Green and North streets. He married, in 1864, Miss Fannie E., youngest child of Dr. John O'Ferrall, Sr., who was one of the pioneer physicians of Piqua, and an esteemed citizen; they have one child, Miss Clara.

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