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Henry Harris "Harry" Pierce, Sr
Birth: Feb. 8, 1895
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1958
Cook County
Illinois, USA


Harry was the youngest son of one of Chicago's well-known building contractors. He was a son of Edwin Frank Pierce and Delia Jane Whipple. Harry was known as "Skeeter" to close family members. He graduated from Shakespeare School in Chicago, Illinois. He worked first as an electrician for his father; then worked as a dry goods buyer for Rothschild's in Chicago, Illinois; before working for the Illinois Central Railroad. Harry served in the US Army during World War I. He was a sergeant in the motor pool and was designated the stateside driver for General John "Blackjack" J. Pershing. Harry had very thick, coal black hair until he went to see the movie "Dracula" or "Frankenstein" (some disagreement as to which movie). He went into the theatre with black hair and came out with snow-white hair. No one ever knew why. After the war Harry married Eva Irena "Irene" Hanes, only daughter of David Q. Hanes and his wife, Nancy "Nelle" Moore. In the late 1920's they moved to the town of Richton Park, Illinois. The village is about 35 miles south of Chicago and closer to his job as signal maintenance operator for the Illinois Central Railroad. His post was at the end of the commuter line (at that time) in Richton Park, Illinois. Harry was a volunteer fire fighter for over 30 years (he served as Fire Chief for two terms) in the village of Richton Park. He was an active member and elder at the St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Lutheran Church in Richton Park from 1935 til his death in 1958. The "CUSS BOX" is descriptive of Harry's temperament. He allowed no cussing in his home. If someone cursed they had to put a nickel in the small wooden box on the sideboard, for every bad word spoken. Never mind the string of expletives that erupted from his mouth if he stubbed a toe, walked into something or was irate over an avoidable situation. That was different and he didn't swear (according to him, of course). Harry also didn't tolerate anyone punishing his grand-kids, but him or Irene. He would say, "If you are going to beat them (grand-kids or any child visiting his home) for breaking the rules, do it at your own home not mine." Harry was small in stature; but not in voice. He didn't yell, but was stern and loud. You knew not to get on his bad side. Harry loved the Saturday night fights (boxing & wrestling) on the television (his oldest daughter, Mary {MP} bought her parents their first television set as an anniversary present in mid 1950's). If you were spending the night on Saturday, you got to have peanuts and soda with Grandpa (a rare treat for the grand-kids, because peanuts caused children to chock and soda made them too excitable). Harry was a dependable, upright, civic minded fellow. Family was first with him. He left his mark on many of our hearts and gave us an example of strong family pride. Harry was 62 years, 11 months and 9 days of age when he went to his heavenly home.

NEWS ARTICLE: Chicago Heights Star; Chicago Heights (Cook County), Illinois. Article dated November (?) 1957 and entitled "3 Parties Eye Richton Park's 200 Plus Votes". Excerp, " . . . The Progressive Party slate includes Kenneth J. Clark, for president; Charles W. Zamzow, for clerk, and for trustees, John L. Glaze, Henry H. Pierce, and Harold R. Reinbold. . . ." (None of these people won the election.)

DEATH RECORDS: Certificate #16.34/20: issued in Chicago; Cook County, Illinois

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Gerardi (now Hirsch) Funeral Home; 2510 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, Illinois; Armand A. Gerardi, director.

GENEALOGIES: Keath/Keith Genealogy: Elizabeth Anna (nee Schoen) Hanes; self-published Goodenow, Illinois; June 1960

GENEALOGIES: Moore Genealogy: Ralph D. and Virginia Moore; self-published Iroquois County, Illinois; 1980

~~ Thank you to all who stop to read about my grandfather's life. I read all your kind words and appreciate the tokens left to honor his memory. May God Bless each of you. ~~

Robert Carl Pierce, II 1958-1999
Thomas Henry Pierce 1961-1961

Family links: 
  Edwin Franklin Pierce (1852 - 1931)
  Delia Jane Whipple Pierce (1854 - 1925)
  Eva Irena Hanes Pierce (1898 - 1966)*
  John Walter Pierce (1921 - 1962)*
  Mary Elizabeth Pierce (1922 - 2012)*
  Nancy Jane Pierce Logan-Graham (1925 - 1982)*
  Henry Harris Pierce (1928 - 2000)*
  Edwin Frank Pierce (1930 - 1958)*
  David Albert Pierce (1932 - 1985)*
  Ezra F Pierce (1874 - 1945)*
  John Hadley Pierce (1876 - 1932)*
  Delia Edna Pierce Kanallakan (1883 - 1974)*
  Virginia Owsley Pierce Brodkorb (1887 - 1973)*
  Martha Marion Pierce McCaffrey (1891 - 1935)*
  Frank Coleman Pierce (1893 - 1944)*
  Eva Clark Pierce Kanallakan (1894 - 1960)*
  Henry Harris Pierce (1895 - 1958)
*Calculated relationship
Sgt. US Army World War I
Skyline Memorial Park
Will County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Christus Section: 192-D; space 1
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Record added: Sep 18, 2003
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