From the 1911 book Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, pp. 1007-1008:
George O. Pierce
A farmer of Providence township, Hardin county, who is deserving of the success he has attained is George O. Pierce, and the following paragraphs have to do with the history of a man who has been the architect of his own fortunes, having elevated himself from obscurity to comparative affluence.
Mr. Pierce was born January 27, 1868, twenty-five miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the son of George T. and Mary (Walters) Pierce, both natives of that state; there they grew to maturity, were educated and married, and in 1875 they came to Hardin county, Iowa, locating in Providence township, where they rented land, also rented a farm in Union township, and here the father's death occurred, and the mother died in 1893. He was a Republican and held office before leaving Tennessee. They were members of the Baptist church, and there were eight children in their family, namely: Mary married F. M. McMannis, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Sarah married W. W. Drake, of Union, Iowa; Mattie is deceased; Samuel is farming in Providence township, this county; John is also farming there; Lizzie married Ed McLean, of Union township, this county; Eva, who has remained single, is living in Union, Iowa; George O., of this review.
The subject received only a limited education, since he was compelled to assist his two brothers in keeping the family together and provide for the other members. He got a start early in life through hard work and economy and the father spent his last days with him. On August 30, 1905, Mr. Pierce was married to Nettie Wood, of Union, Iowa, the daughter of A. F. Wood, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. To Mr. and Mrs. Pierce one child has been born, Vera, whose birth occurred February 1, 1908.
In 1904 Mr. Pierce bought his present farm in Providence township, which was originally entered from the government by John Bond. It consists of one hundred and twenty acres of well improved and valuable land, on which stand a comfortable home and substantial outbuildings, and here he carries on general farming and stock raising. He built his fine home in 1907. It is finished down stairs in oak, the rest being in hard pine; it is two stories, six rooms below and four above. It is modern in all its appointments, beautifully located and nicely furnished. Mr. Pierce has made all the other improvements on his place and it now ranks with the best in the locality. He is widely known as a raiser of short-horn cattle, Duroc-Jersey Red hogs and Norman horses, all of a high grade.
Mr. Pierce is a Republican and while he is deeply interested in the affairs of his community and county he has never aspired to office. He and his wife belong to the Congregational church at Union, Iowa.
Nettie Wood Pierce (1866 - 1963)*
Created by: Dennis Warden
Record added: Sep 17, 2002
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