Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Charles Pierce
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



Charles B. Pierce, a well-known and substantial farmer of Lakeside township, Cottonwood county, former chairman of the board of supervisors of that township, a director of the Windom National Bank and for many years actively identified with the best interests of this section of the state, is a native of the state of Massachusetts, but has been a resident of Minnesota since 1869 and of this section of the state since the opening of this region for settlement, in 1871, and is therefore numbered among those hardy pioneers who helped to bring about stable conditions hereabout in the early days. He was born at New Bedford, Massachusetts, September 14, 1852, son of Ira E. and Deborah F. (Potter) Pierce, the former of whom was born at East Callais, Vermont, and the latter at New Bedford, Massachusetts, who later became substantial pioneer residents of this section of Minnesota.

Ira E. Pierce left his native state of Vermont when a young man and went to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where for seven years he was engaged as a clerk in a hardware store. There he married and presently opened a grocery store, which he conducted for five or six years, at the end of which time he moved to Woodbury, Vermont, where he conducted a general store and also was engaged in farming for seven or eight years, after which he moved to Lyndon, in that same state, where he remained until 1869., in which year he came with his family to Minnesota and settled at Dover Center, in Olmstead county. In 1871, upon the opening of this part of the state to settlement, Ira E. Pierce moved out here and homesteaded a quarter of a section of land in Lakeside township, Cottonwood county, where he established his home and where he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, useful and influential pioneer citizens. Mr. Pierce was a Republican and took an active part in civic affairs in the early days. He and his wife were the parents of four children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the second in order of birth, the others being William, who died in January, 1881; Abbie F., who died when seven years of age, and Ira E.

Charles B. Pierce was but a baby when his parents moved from his native town of New Bedford to Vermont, and he was reared in the latter state, finishing his school days in a private academy at Lyndon. As a young man he was engaged as a clerk in his father's store and gained an excellent knowledge of mercantile forms. He was about seventeen years old when the family came to Minnesota and about nineteen when they moved to this part of the state, in 1871. Upon arriving here he immediately engaged in the task of helping to develop the homestead place in Lakeside township and became an excellent farmer, presently engaging in farming on his own account, and prospered in his operations from the very start, it not being very long until he was the owner of more than a section of land in Lakeside township. Afterward, however, he sold all his land save the half section on which he now lives and where he and his family are very pleasantly and comfortably situated, Mr. Pierce long having been regarded as one of the leading fanners of that part of the county. He has not been unmindful of his duty to the public service and has served the people of his home township as chairman of the board of supervisors. He also has given considerable attention to the general business enterprises of the community and has been a member of the board of directors of the Windom National Bank since the organization of that sound old financial institution. In addition to his general farming, Mr. Pierce devotes considerable attention to the raising of high-grade live stock and has done very well in his agricultural operations.

In 1899 Charles B. Pierce was united in marriage to Belle Eastwood and to this union five children have been born: Charles Earl, Esther, Marion, William D. and Paul. Mr. Pierce is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and of the Modern Woodmen of America, and in the affairs of these two organizations takes a warm interest.