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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ George J. Pearce ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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George J. Pearce
LAST NAME: Pearce FIRST NAME: George MIDDLE NAME: J. NICKNAME: 
MAIDEN NAME:  AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
TITLE: Mr. GENDER: M MILITARY: 
BORN: 19 June 1853 DIED: 2 Apr 1912 BURIED: 4 Apr 1912
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Merchant
BIRTH PLACE:  Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
NOTES: 
OSBH DC (Marion Co., #1097) George J. Pearce, 267 N. Winter St., Salem, b. June 19, 1853, Oregon, d. April 2, 1912, age 58 years, 9 months, 13 days, merchant, married, son of Thomas Pearce, b. England, and Naomi Livermore, b. Ohio, Rigdon-Richardson Co. Funeral Home, burial I.O.O.F cemetery, Salem, April 4, 1912.
MARRIAGE - George J. Pearce, over 35, and Mary E. Reily, over 29, m 26 Sep 1888 at house of Mrs. A. J. Riely by Rev. H. A. Newell, M. G. Aff: Arthur S. Brasfield. Wit: Eugene Willis & A. E. Strang. #3549 pg 21".
A. J. Riley purchased Lot #24 on 25 Aug. 1858 for $10.
DEATH CERTIFICATE: 
OBITUARY: 
GEORGE PEARCE DIES SUDDENLY. 
Few Minutes After 4 O'Clock He Falls and Death Follows Shortly. 
Well Known Business Man Passes Away at His Store Yesterday. 
George J. Pearce did very suddenly yesterday afternoon at his store, at the corner of Court and Commercial streets. A few minutes after 4 o'clock, Mr. Pearce was directing the work of one of the men in arranging his new place of business. He was in the back part of the large store room, as he talked and joked with a casual visitor, who complimented him upon the fine arrangement that was being made. Standing by the new freight elevator, he suddenly fell or partly fell, when he was caught by one of the workmen, who was immediately relieved by Lot L. Pearce, who attempted to revive him with cold water, in the mean time directing that Dr. W. H. Byrd be telephoned to come. Dr. Byrd was only a few minutes getting to the scene, but the heart action had completely ceased, and all was over with activities of the man who had so long been almost a fixture on that prominent Salem corner. 
The sad news was broken to Mrs. Pearce by her brother-in-law, Mr. Bradfield, in Portland, where she was visiting. She arrived last evening. Salem sympathizes. The sympathy of all Salem will go out to her and to her daughters, and the other immediate relatives. 
Mr. Pearce was a much respected business man of this city. He was born in Polk county, sixty years ago next June. In 1871 he came to Salem, where he went to work for R. M. Wade in the same location where the Wade-Pearce Hardware store now stands. Later he became a member of the company, and since 1890 has been the president. In 1888 he was married to Miss Nellie Riley, who, with two daughters, Helen and Dorothy, survive him.
Some time ago, Mr. Pearce, realizing that his heart was weak, decided to retire from active business and from the more commercial life. Accordingly, general hardware part of the business was disposed of to Ray L. Farmer and his sons, and, with his brother Hon. Lot L. Pearce, the deceased, took over the implement and much of the stock, and fitted up splendidly the building just to the north, adjoining the corner of Court and Commercial streets. The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. 
Oregon Statesman 3 Apr 1912 1:4
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SOURCES: 
OSBH DC (Marion Co. #1097 
Rigdon Records, Bk. 6, #42 
Marriage Records of Marion Co. Oregon, 1888-91, Vol VI, pg 2 
Chapman, pg 215
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LOT: 024 SPACE: 3 NW LONGITUDE:  LATITUDE: 
 
 

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