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Funeral Services Held for Andrew Pierce, 93; Came Here in 1864
Funeral services were held from the Driskill Mortuary chapel in John Monday afternoon for Andrew J. Pierce who passed away, Thursday of last week at the age of 93 years. He had been a resident of Grant county for 83 years, having come to Canyon City in 1884.
Andrew J. Pierce the only son and last deceased of five children of Mr. and Mrs. James V. Pierce was born in Harrison County, Iowa, Jan. 08, 1854. When a child he moved with his parents to The Dalles, Oregon and later to Canyon City in 1864 at the age of 14 years and has since resided in Grant county.
He was married to Eliza E. Fry at The Dalles, October 14, 1879. To this union six children were born, two of whom were James V. and Nellie Pierce who preceded their father in death.
Andrew and his family moved to Silvies in 1885 where they have since made their home having celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary October 14 last year. In the early days he drove an ox freight team from The Dalles to Camp Warner, Nevada.
He left this life May 2, 1947 at the age of 93 years and leaves to mourning his passing besides his wife, Eliza, two daughters, Clara Hankins of Silvies and Amy Keeton of Burns; two sons, Ned of Mt. Vernon and Leo who lives on the ranch home at Silvies; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Also, he is survived by a niece, Tilly Hyde of Izee who is the only surviving relative apart from the immediate family.
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Mr. Pierce, who has been a resident of the Prairie City community for about 25 years, spent his early life in Pendleton, and was a graduate of the Pendleton high school, class of 1906. In 1912 he went to Alaska where he engaged in survey work, surveying bound ary from Dawson City to the Arctic Ocean. Upon his return to Oregon, he followed mining and construction work.
He was united in marriage to Christina McKee, May 27, 1922; to this union was born one son, Darrel.
He leaves his wife, son, and step daughter, Mrs. Ione Stanbro of Prairie City, also a brother, George F. Pierce of Portland, Ore., and a nephew, Roger Pierce who is somewhere in the South Pacific.
Funeral services were held Sun day afternoon, October 17, from the Prairie City Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. Wayne Brown. Interment was in the family plot, Mt. Hope cemetery, Baker, Ore., on Monday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m.