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Harold Berum Pearson

Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 Feb 1968 (aged 64)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 10195791 · View Source
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Per Harold, Jr: Dad worked in the IN coal mines. He worked "mine safety" & also worked the scales, weighing the coal in train cars. As each car rolled onto the scales, he had to read the weight on the scale & subtract the wt of the car which was written on the side of the car. This calculation had to be done in his mind, then he wrote down the wt of the coal in each car. When each car of that train had been weighed, he had to add the column of 4 digit numbers on the run to a phone to call in the total wt of the coal on that train & get back to the scale in time for the next train. He would add all 4 numbers all the way down the column and get a correct total at the bottom. In later years, when prompted to show how he did it, he said he would only use 3 digit numbers since it had been a long time. He would have them added before anyone else did & was always right!
He also loved to read. He always got up early, made a pot of coffee, & read the "Miami Herald" from cover to cover before work. He enjoyed reading on a variety of subjects & retained most of what he read. His 8th grade diploma reads, in part: "This certifies, that Harold Pearson of the township of Barton, County of Gibson, having passed a creditable examination in Orthography, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, English Grammar, Physiology, US History, Agriculture, Domestic Science & Music & having sustained a correct deportment is granted this Certificate of Proficiency."
Students went to school to learn back then...and they did!

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10195791
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harold Berum Pearson (24 Aug 1903–24 Feb 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10195791, citing Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by micpearson (contributor 46562837) .