Thomas J. Lawrence and Arthur M. Morrison, dealers in general merchandise at Cedarville, Dade County, Mo., carry a stock of goods valued at $2,000, and are the leading merchants of that village. Mr. Lawrence was born in Alabama in 1859, and is the son of Edward and Martha E. (Morrison) Lawrence. Edward Lawrence was born in Tennessee about 1818, and is of English descent. He is now residing in Fayette County, Ala., and has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He wife was born near Savannah, Ga., and was burned to death march 14, 1878, by the explosion of an can of oil. They were the parents of six children. Thomas J. Lawrence was the eldest of this family, and received his education in the public schools of Alabama. He came to Dade County, Mo., December 22, 1882, and October 7, 1883, married Miss Julia Ducket, who was born in Barton County, Mo., March 15, 1853. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the Masonic order, is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is postmaster of Cedarville post office.