Charles B Pierce
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 15:13:44
Charles B Pierce is actively engaged in the livery business at Woodward and is a reliable, enterprising business man. He was born in Cass township, Boone county, November 18, 1862, and is a representative of one of the oldest pioneer families of this part of the state. His father, John Pierce drove across the country to Boone county in 1857, casing his lot with the early settlers. He was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, and since coming to Iowa has continued his residence within its borders, his home being now in Woodward. He married Margaret Ellisant, a native of Indiana, who died in Peoples township, Boone county in 1880. In their family were seven children as follows: Rena deceased, Laura Gordon who is a resident of Dallas county, Mrs Carrie Knight of Boone county, Snyder J living in Thompson, Iowa, and Frank who makes his home in Woodward, Iowa. All were born and reared in Cass township.
It was upon the old homestead there that Charles B Pierce spent the days of his boyhood and youth, attending the common schools of the neighborhood and working in the fields through the periods of vacation. He continued to engaged actively in farming until the fall of 1902, when he embarked in the livery business in Woodward and since that time, with the exceptional of two years, he has continually and successfully conducted his livery stable, working in the fields through the periods of vacation. He continued the engage actively in farming until the fall of 1902, when he embarked in the livery business in Woodward and since that time, with the exception of two years, he has continually and successfully conducted his livery stable. Following the destruction of the old barn by fire, a new modern building was erected under his direction and he owns the stock ad equipment. He has a number of good horses and a fine line of carriage and keeping up with the demand and progress of the times he also has tow new automobiles I connection with his other equipment. He gives good services at reasonable prices and is always courteous and obliging. His son Floyd is now associated with him in business under the firm name style of C B Pierce & Son and they enjoy a liberal and well deserved patronage.
It was in Boone that Mr Pierce was united in marriage to Miss Mary Preston a native of Xenia, Dallas county, born April 10, 1869. She was reared to womanhood in that county and was educated in the public schools. The Preston’s were among the pioneer settlers of this section of the state. Her father, Zenos Preston, who was born in Henry county, Indiana September 13, 1835, is now residing in Woodward in the seventy-ninth year of his age. His wife who bore the maiden name of Eliza A Turk was born in Montgomery, Hamilton county, Ohio, June 4, 1842, came to Iowa in 1856 and took up her abode in Xenia. She died in Woodward on November 5, 1901, and her death was the occasion of deep regret to those who knew her. There were seven children in the Preston family: Mrs Emma J Grimm a resident of Woodward, Iowa, William Albert who passed away October 16, 1900, Charles L who also resides in Woodward, Iowa, Mrs Mary Pierce, Mrs Janet Webber who makes her home in Woodward, Iowa, Norman P a resident of Woodward, Iowa, and Fred E who resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs Grimm is a native of Missouri, while the younger children were born at Xenia, Dallas county, Iowa, where all were reared.
Mr and Mrs Pierce have become the parents of a son and two daughters: Floyd, who was born January 16, 1887, and is now engaged in the livery business with his father, Mrs Mabel Staker, who resides in Woodward, and Mrs Elva Anderson, whose home is in Dallas county. The son is a native of Boone county and the daughters were born in Polk City, Iowa.
Mr Pierce holds membership in Woodward Lodge, No 460 I O O F and he and his brother Snyder J Pierce, were members of the World’s Champion Degree Staff of Woodward. He has taken an active and helpful interest in the work of the order and has exemplified its beneficent spirit in his life. He is now widely and favorably know in Woodward, where he owns a profitable and growing livery business and also owns a pleasant home.
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