Randolph County, Indiana
Clarence S. Pierce
biographies of the representative men of a county bring to light many hidden
treasures of mind, character and courage, well calculated to arouse the pride
of their family and of the community, and it is a source of regret that people
are not more familiar with the personal history of such men in the ranks of
whom may be found tillers of the soil, mechanics, teachers, professional and
business men of various lines. Clarence S. Pierce is one of the
creditable representative business men of Union City, Randolph county and as
such has made his influence felt in this locality and earned a name for
enterprise, integrity and honor.
Mr. Pierce who is engaged in the grain business, was born in Wayne
township, Randolph county, December 9, 1870. He is a son of Charles W. and
Emma (Haddock) Pierce. The father was born in the state of New York,
January 12, 1835. He received a limited education, and when a young man came to
Randolph county, and engaged in farming, also followed other pursuits. About
thirty years ago he went into the grain business in Union City and this has
since claimed his attention, the Pierce Elevator Company which he
established and built up being one of the best known of its kind in this
section of the state, and for many years its operations have covered a wide
territory. The company deals in grains, seeds, hay, fertilizer and coal. Although
now advanced in years the elder Pierce is still successfully attending
to business and is hale and hearty as a result of careful living and right thinking.
He has been influential in the affairs of the community and has always been
highly esteemed for his industry, public-spiritedness and honesty. His wife,
who was a native of Columbus, Ohio, died in 1873. To these parents eight
children were born, but only these three survive: Mary C., Frank W.
and Clarence S., of this sketch.
Clarence S. Pierce grew up in his native community, and he
received a common school education, graduating from the high school at Union City
in 1887, soon afterward entering DePauw University in which he spent two years,
then returned to Union City, later taking a commercial course in Dayton, Ohio.
Thus exceptionally well equipped for life's serious duties, he entered the
business world with his father in the elevator at Union City and has remained
with the same ever since, its rapidly increasing success and prestige being due
in no small measure to his industry and sound counsel. The Pierce Elevator Company
is a corporation, with a capital stock of eighty thousand dollars, and is well
equipped in every respect to render prompt and high grade service and a very large
annual business is carried on. Clarence S. Pierce is president of the company;
C. C. Fisher is vice-president; C. L. Northlane is secretary and treasurer.
Pierce was married March 27.1894 to Bertha Smith, who was born in
Union City, Ohio, October 27, 1873. Mrs. Pierce received an excellent education
in Oxford, Ohio, in the public schools and college. She is a lady of many estimable
characteristics and is popular with the best circles wherever she is known.
children have blessed the union of Mr. And Mrs. Pierce, namely: Charles
Stuart, born February 6. 1895, is at this writing a student in the University
of Michigan; Mary Alameda, born July 27, 1897, is attending high school.
Politically, Mr. Pierce has followed the example of his father and
supports the Democratic party in which he is active and influential. In 1898 he
was elected mayor of Union City, serving until 1902 in a very faithful and
creditable manner, doing much for the general upbuilding of the town. In the
campaign of 1912 he made the race for representative to the state legislature and
was duly elected. He has made his influence felt among his colleagues for the
good of his county and won the hearty commendation of his constituents. He
served for a period of four years on the Union City school board. Fraternally he
belongs to the Masonic Order, Modern Woodmen of America, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Religiously he is
a member of the Presbyterian church, and is a trustee in the local
progressive in his ideas, a thinker and close observer, Mr. Pierce keeps
fully abreast of the times and in touch with current thought and discharges the
duties of citizenship in a manner becoming an enterprising American of
honorable impulses. He stands high in the esteem of those with whom he mingles,
makes and retains friends easily, and is a genial, courteous, straightforward
and companionable gentleman whom it is a pleasure to know.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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