Buena Vista County, IA
IAGenWeb Project

Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 576-77.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  David Charles Pewsey

David Charles Pewsey, who for thirty years has now been successfully engaged in the practice of veterinary surgery in Buena Vista county, was born in Canada on the l0th of September, 1845.  His parents, David and Alfreda (Homer) Pewsey, were both natives of England and were married in that country.  The year 1844 witnessed their emigration to Canada and in1869 they brought their family to the United States, locating in Clinton county, Iowa.  There they resided on a homestead claim for three years, on the expiration of which period they came to Buena Vista county, where the father homesteaded another claim.  He had learned the trades of carpentering and cabinet making and was a much respected and valuable citizen in the pioneer community.  He gave his political allegiance to the republican party, while his religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, with which his wife was also identified.  Unto this worthy couple were born the following children: Harriet, the wife of William Marshall; Elizabeth, who became the wife of William Cole; Mary Ann, who is the wife of Sylvester Cole; Sophia, the wife of Peter Donaldson; Hannah, twin sister of Sophia, who is the wife of Thomas A. Jones; Alta, a carpenter by trade; David Charles, of this review; Emily, the wife of George C. Sweet; William A., an agriculturist of Lincoln township; Rozina, who became the wife of James Hollingsworth; and two who died in infancy.


David Charles Pewsey homesteaded eighty acres of land in Lincoln township, on which he has resided continuously to the present time, with the exception of one summer during which the grasshoppers destroyed his crops.  For the past thirty years he has practiced veterinary surgery here and has won a well merited measure of success in his profession, while the kindly esteem in which he is uniformly held is indicated somewhat by the fact that he is familiarly known as "Doc" Pewsey.


As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Dr. Pewsey chose Miss Josephine Gordon, a native of Clinton county, Iowa, who, however, passed away in 1870.  A stalwart republican in his political views, he takes an active interest in the local work of the party and has capably served as township clerk and road supervisor.  He also served on the jury during the May term of court.  In 1903 he visited Canada and the eastern states, finding the trip a source of much pleasure and recreation.  His interests are thoroughly identified with those of Buena Vista county and at all times he is ready to lend his aid and cooperation to any movement calculated to benefit this section of the country or advance its wonderful development.