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 Minnie C. <I>Finlay</I> Pierce

Minnie C. Finlay Pierce

Death 5 Jan 1899 (aged 49–50)
St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 320 lot 4411 buried January 7, 1899
Memorial ID 53119365 · View Source
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Born in Scotland the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Finlay, Minnie C. Finlay married Henry Clay Pierce in St. Louis on 18 May 1869. Her father was in the business of producing oil from shale. At her father's death in 1877, her husband succeeded Mr. Finlay and then branched out in association with William H. Waters. Mrs. Pierce died of congestion of the lungs in 1899 and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
The widower, Mr. Pierce, married the widow, Georgiana Virginia Russell (Prickett) Burrows, in London in 1909.

The obituary of Mrs. Pierce's husband appeared in the Edwardsville Intelligencer, 28 June 1927:
Oil Magnate Was Husband of the Former Miss Virginia
Prickett of This City.
Henry Clay Pierce, internationally known oil magnate and financier, who arrived in St. Louis during the Civil War as a 15 year old youth seeking employment in the cracker factory of a relative, died yesterday at this Fifth avenue home in New York City, at the age of 78.
As is well known here, Mr. Pierce was the husband of the former Mrs. Virginia Burrowes [Burrows], daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Prickett of Edwardsville. They were married in London in 1909. Both had been married previously. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce were visitors here and in St. Louis on several occasions in recent years.
Pierce's rise to fame is traced back by St. Louis acquaintances to his association with the late William H. Waters, a director in the Old Second National Bank, when Pierce was employed as a teller in that institution a few years after he came to St. Louis. It was a few years after Pierce and Waters joined forces in the former's oil business that the Standard Oil Company recognized the firm as a formidable competitor and acquired an interest in it through heavy investment.
His entrance into the oil business was in 1869, when he married Miss Minnie Finley [sic], daughter of John R. Finlay, with whom Pierce associated in producing oil from shale. He succeeded to the business of his father-in-law when the latter died in 1877 and then branched out with the aid of the late Waters.
For many years, Pierce maintained an office and residence in St. Louis, as well as at New York, although he had not occupied his home in St. Louis at 40 Vandeventer place, for several years. He spent most of his time in New York and other cites following the successful ouster suit against the Pierce Oil Corporation in 1906 by the State of Missouri, which was instituted by former Governor Hadley, when Attorney General. The proceedings charged were based on restraint of trade allegations.
Until he retired three years ago because of ill health he had been active in numerous corporations. He had been chairman of the board of the Pierce Oil Corporation and president of the Pierce Investment Trust Company.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at the New York home. Burial was temporary and the body will be sent to St. Louis in the fall for interment in the family vault.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 53119365
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie C. Finlay Pierce (1849–5 Jan 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53119365, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Jane Denny (contributor 46932556) .