Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Edward Jackson Pearce ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Edward Jackson Pearce
BORN: 4 Oct 1869 DIED: 9 Dec 1936 BURIED: 14 Dec 1936
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
OSBH DC (Marion Co., 1936) #1047 - Age: 67 years, 2 months, 5 days; Spouse: Lula Belle Pearce (deceased) PHOTOGRAPH - The picture of Edward J. Pearce was found in An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties [Published by Interstate Publishing Co., 1904], pg 524 BIOGRAPHICAL: EDWARD J. PEARCE, an affable ranchman residing two and one-half miles east and three miles south of Centerville, was born near Salem, Oregon, October 5, 1869. His parents, Charles and Elizabeth (Davis) Pearce, were among the earliest settlers of the west. Charles Pearce was a native of Scotland county, Missouri, born February 20, 1840. When nineteen years of age he went to Pike’s Peak, and later to the vicinity of Salt Lake City, Utah, where for a short time he followed farming. In August of the year following his arrival in Utah he went to Montana, and there also farmed for a time. From Montana he went to Oregon in 1869; thence to California, and his final move was to Klickitat county, in 1876. Upon arrival he immediately filed on a tract of land, upon which he has since lived, engaged in faming and stock raising. He is of German and Scotch descent. Elizabeth (Davis) Pearce was born in Wales. Her people came to Montana when she was a child, and in that state she grew to womanhood. Her death occurred in 1875. Edward J. grew to manhood and received his education in Oregon, California and Washington, his parents changing residence from one to another of these three states during his boyhood. He remained with his father till he was eighteen years of age, then accepted employment in a sawmill in Sherman county, Oregon. There he worked for one year, returning then to Klickitat county, where he rented his father’s farm. He worked it for a year, then began working for wages. This he did to two years, but being dissatisfied with such a method of making a living he filed on his present farm in 1890.
Mr. Pearce was married February 14, 1895, to Miss Lulu Childers, a native of Klickitat county, born February 6, 1876. She received her education in the local schools. Her parents, Sylvanus and Sarah A. (Jamison) Childers, were among the pioneer arrivals in Willamette valley, Oregon. Their biographies appear elsewhere.
Mr. and Mrs. Pearce are parents of the following children: Rolley, now deceased; David R., born October 6, 1899; Hattie E., November 3, 1900; Orville S., September 28, 1902, and Roy Edward, June 6, 1904, all in Klickitat county. Mrs. Pearce has a sister, Mrs. Evelina Oldham, at present residing in Goldendale. Her other sister, Mrs. Flora E. Leloh, is decease. Mr. Pearce’s brothers and sisters are: Hattie L., Iva M., Robert E., and Wilbur W., all engaged in business in different parts of the Northwest. Mr. Pearce’s land holdings in all comprise four hundred acres, two hundred and fifty of which are under cultivation. The farm on which he resides is one of the most valuable in that part of the county. It is well stocked with everything required in the execution of farm work, and under the able management of its owner is becoming each year more attractive, both as a home and in adaptability to successful farming.
"An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties" [Published by Interstate Publishing Co., 1904], pg 526 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: Mrs. Arnold writes: Edward Jackson Pearce was born in Salem, Oregon and had two brothers and one sister; Henry, Louis and Nora Pearce Busey. Their father, Charles Pearce, took a homestead in Klickitat County, Washington. Later sold the land to Sperrys. Edward, Henry and Louis also had homesteads adjacent to him. Edward Jackson Pearce married Lulu Belle Childers in 1897 at Columbus, Washington. Columbus is now flooded by the dams on the Columbia River. They lived in Maryhill, Washington, on the ranch until 1918 when they moved to Salem, to Fairground Road and Highland Road (34 acres). Their last home was on River Road in South Salem. They had seven children: Wilbur, David, Ethel, Hattie Elizabeth, Orville Sylvanus, Roy Edward and Nile Jennings. Edward and Lulu Belle are both buried in Pioneer Cemetery.
Edward J. Pearce, at a local hospital December 9, aged 67 years. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Hattie E. Dodge of Salem; five sons, David R., of Monmouth, Orville S. of Huntington Park, Calif., Roy E., Nile J. and Harold W. Pearce, all of Salem; sister, Mrs. Charles Busey of Salem; brother Lewis F. Pearce of Yakima; 11 grandchildren. Funeral services from the chapel of Clough-Barrick company Monday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m. Interment I.O.O.F. cemetery. Oregon Statesman 12 December 1936 5:2
Edward J. Pearce Oct. 4, 1869 Dec. 9, 1936 [shares marker with Lulu]
LR LD Saucy survey & Photographs OSBH DC (Marion Co., 1936) #1047 An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties", pp 524; 526 OS 12 Dec 1936 5:2