May 17, 1996 Yucca Valley San Bernardino County California, USA
My uncle was born in Price, Utah. The only information that I can find on his parents as of this time is that his Mother's name was Medora Bell Shackelford Pierson and her father was a dispatcher for the Union Pacific Railroad in Sunnyside, Utah.
Harrison married Sylvia Tolman on Sept, 19, 1924 in Salt Lake City. They moved to California and resided there the rest of their lives.
They had two Children: Medora Blanch and Ralph.
I always called my Uncle, Uncle George, the rest of the family called him G.H. or Harrison. He never corrected me when I would call him that so I guess he did not mind.
He first worked on cars and other machines at home. Then he opened Pierson Production Works. They made all kinds of parts. When his sight started to fail, he was able to still work just by the feel. He was called the Blind Machinest and had a newspaper story done about his amazing ability.
He was blind the entire time I knew him. He was an amazing man. He had his own business and he made these intricate little machines. He always was proud to show them to you when you went to visit him in California.
He was a special and loving Uncle. When I was 9 I had made a wish on my birthday cake. He wanted to know what I had wished and I told him I could not tell him or it would not come true. He convinced me to tell him. My wish was to go to California. When I was 15 Uncle George and Aunt Sylvia sent money for my Mother and I to ride the bus to California during the Christmas vacation at school. It was an experience for me. We spent time at their home, down to the ocean and to their cabin in Yucca Valley. They were so good to us and I had a good time. Mother wanted to stay there longer, but I told her I had to get back to school. Then when we got home I had a bad cold and missed a week of school.
One year when Uncle G.H. and Aunt Sylvia came to visit our family in Utah. G.H. was upset that we still had an outhouse outside. So he sent Mom and Dad money to put in a bathroom. Thank You so much.
I have so many special memories of this special Aunt and Uncle.
MAY YOU REST IN SWEET ETERNAL PEACE UNCLE GEORGE, G.H., Harrison