John Watson was born in Lancashire, England, September 22, 1828. He was reared and educated in England and learned the engineer’s trade. In 1865 he came to America and settled at Nebraska City, Nebraska, remained three years, then moved to Peru, same State, where for two years he- was engaged in the saw-mill business. From there he went to Hamburg; Iowa, and entered the agricultural, implement, and flouring business, and was there burned out. In 1876 he located in Pattonsburg, and began anew the milling business, now being the owner of a flouring-mill and also a saw-mill, and is doing a large business.
Mr. Watson was married May 8, 1849, to Miss Ann Webster, of Lancashire, England. Six children have been born to them; viz., Rebecca, John, William, George, James, and Ann. Mr. Watson is recognized by all as one of the best business men in his vicinity and one who has done much for the development of his town and county. Little need be said of him for his good works speak louder than language on history’s page.