Nellie Mae Pierce

Nellie Mae Pierce[1]

Female 1903 - 2007  (104 years)

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  • Name Nellie Mae Pierce 
    Born 9 May 1903  Breckenridge, Connolly Township, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    BAPM Baptist Church, Breckenridge, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1905  Nordick Township, Wilkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Minnesota State Census 
    Age: 2 
    Pierce, Ernest W. Family in 1905 Minnesota State Census
    Pierce, Ernest W. Family in 1905 Minnesota State Census
    Ernest W., Clara M., Audrey B., and Nellie M. Pierce
    Elementary School Abt. 1909  Breckenridge, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1910  Breckenridge City, Wilkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    U. S. Federal Census 
    Pierce, Ernest W. and Family, 1910
    Pierce, Ernest W. and Family, 1910
    Ernest W. Pierce, Clara M. (Davis) Pierce, Audrey B., Nellie M., and Harry H. Pierce
    Junior High School Abt. 1915  Stoneham, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    High School Education Abt. 1916  Brush, Colorado (one year); Deer Trail, Colorado (two years) Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Teaching Certificate 1920  Resulted from taking a teachers examination. Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1930  Sterling City, Ward 2, Logan County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: 29 
    Cole, Albert R, and Family, 1930
    Cole, Albert R, and Family, 1930
    Albert R. Cole, Nellie M. (Pierce) Cole, Robert R. and Albert W. Cole
    College Education Professor Miller's Prep School, Denver Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Employment Retail store employee for 22 years; realestate sales for 20 years in the LaSalle, Colorado area Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Died 28 Aug 2007  Fairacres Manor, Greeley, Weld County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Obituary 30 Aug 2007  The Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Weld County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Pierce, Nellie Mae Cole
    Pierce, Nellie Mae Cole
    Obituary
    Funeral 04 Sept 2007  First Presbyterian Church, LaSalle, Weld County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 104 
    Pierce, Nellie M. Cole
    Pierce, Nellie M. Cole
    Service Folder from Funeral, 04 Sept. 2007 [NMP 04.]
    Funeral Talk 04 Sept 2007  First Presbyterian Church, LaSalle, Weld County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Pierce, Nellie M. Cole
    Pierce, Nellie M. Cole
    Presentation by Reverend Judy Wrought at the Memorial Service for Nellie M. Cole
    Buried 04 Sept 2007  Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Person ID I722  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2007 

    Father Ernest William Pierce,   b. 12 Jun 1877, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1956, Santa Monica (Ocean Park), Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Clara May Davis,   b. 21 Jun 1869, Effingham, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1948, Santa Monica (Ocean Park), California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1 Jul 1896  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Notes 
    • The newspaper clipping from January 03, 1896 says: "-Married- In this city, on the first instant by Rev. L. N. Call, Mr. Earnest Pierce and Miss Clara Davis, both of Kamrar. These most estimable young people start out in life together under the brightest prospects and the TRIBUNE joins their host of friends in extending congratulations and best wishes." [ErnstP 01; CD 01.]
    Photos
    Pierce, Ernest W. and Clara May Davis
    Pierce, Ernest W. and Clara May Davis
    Probably a Wedding Picture; parents of Audrey, Harry and Nellie Pierce
    Family ID F281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Albert Randolph Cole,   b. 7 Jul 1900, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1958, LaSalle, Weld County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1921  [15
    Children 
     1. Robert Randolph Cole,   b. 17 May 1922, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1987, Yorba Linda, California at home Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Living
     3. Living
    +4. Living
    +5. Living
    Family ID F311  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Pierce, Ernest W. and Clara May Davis
    Pierce, Ernest W. and Clara May Davis
    Probably a Wedding Picture; parents of Audrey, Harry and Nellie Pierce
    Pierce, Nellie M., Mabel C. Brewer (Pierce), and Frank O. Pierce
    Pierce, Nellie M., Mabel C. Brewer (Pierce), and Frank O. Pierce
    At Frank and Mabel's Cabin on Ottertail Lake, near Battle Lake, Minnesota, 1940s
    Pierce, Nellie Mae Pierce
    Pierce, Nellie Mae Pierce
    Picture that served the front cover of a remembrance folder available at the memorial service for Nellie Mae Pierce Cole [NMP 05.]

  • Notes 
    •        Nellie Mae (Pierce) Cole was named after the daughter of William H. Pierce and Maria Burton that died at an early age and is buried in the South Windham Cemetery. See PW 01, p. 04.
             Birth Certificate spells Nellie's middle name as May [NMP 01]; Nellie spells it Mae [NMP 02]. In this document, the middle name is spelled according to Nellie's wishes.
             In the 1905 Minnesota State Census, Nellie Mae Pierce is a two year old, white, single female. She was born in Minnesota of parents who were born in Iowa (father) and Illinois (mother). She lives with her parents, Ernest and Clara, and one sister, Audrey, in Nordick Township, Wilkin County, Minnesota. She has lived in Minnesota and this township for two years and one month. [ErnstP 06.]
             In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Nellie Mae Pierce is living with her parents, Clara and Ernest Pierce in Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota with two other siblings: Audrey and Harry Pierce. Nellie is female, white, single, and six years old. She was born in Minnesota of parents who were born in Iowa (father) and Illinois (mother) respectively. [ErnstP 04.]
             In the 1930 U. S. Federal Census, Nellie Mae Pierce is a 26 year old, white, married female. She is married to Albert R. Cole. She was married when she was 18 years of age. She reads, writes, and speaks English. She was born in Minnesota of parents who were born in Iowa (father) and Illinois (mother). She has no employ outside the home. She lives with her husband, Alfred, and two sons, Robert R. and Albert W., in Sterling City, Ward 2, Logan County, Colorado. [ARC 04.]
             Nellie was Worthy Matron of the Garden City Chapter #3 of the Order of Eastern Star at the same time that Albert was Worthy Patron. Nellie also sang in her church choir for many years and served on many church boards of the Fist Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, Colorado. [NMP 02.]
             After locating Nellie through genealogical research, Estella and I went to visit with her in LaSalle, CO. This visit was prior to the 100th birthday in 2003; we might have visited in 2001or 2002 or both, I simply do not remember any longer. I recollect it was more than one prior time. We also attended the 100th birthday celebration. It was truly a celebration of Nellie's life with her living children (a son, Robert, had died earlier), grandchildren, and great grandchildren. And, what a joy to be in her presence! Nellie was an exceptionally welcoming person with open arms and open heart. She had books to discuss, stories to tell, wisdom to give, and love to share. She always looked forward to the next visit or phone call. For me, she was the link to William Henry Pierce, whose daughter Nellie H. Pierce died when she was five years old, nearing six. Nellie Mae was named after Nellie H. at the request of William Henry. Thus, Nellie Mae Pierce Cole's life reached beyond the 104+ years of her life into the1860s - to a great grandfather for me, and his daughter that he obviously adored, who had died before her time. Nellie Mae's gifts to me were obviously her long life, but also her friendship, her love, her acceptance, and her zest for life. What a wonderful woman!!!! [DLL.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2360] Gladys Ruvera Pierce (Erdmann), Some History of the Frank Orlando Pierce Family, undated. [GRP 05.] See also Nellie May Pierce, delayed birth certificate, 12 January 1944, Minnesota State Department of Health, Division of Birth and Death Records and Vital Statistics, Minneapolis, Minnesota. [NMP 01.].

    2. [S2361] Gladys Ruvera Pierce (Erdmann), Some History of the Frank Orlando Pierce Family, undated. [GRP 05.] See also Nellie May Pierce, delayed birth certificate, 12 January 1944, Minnesota State Department of Health, Division of Birth and Death Records and Vital Statistics, Minneapolis, Minnesota. [NMP 01.].

    3. [S2362] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet (created by Dale L. Lange), received March 29, 2004; held by Dale L. Lange, 2315 Madre Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503. [NMP 02.].

    4. [S7963] Ernest W. Pierce, 1905 Minnesota State Census, Wilkin County, Minnesota, Nordick Township; Minnesota State Census, roll 162; Ancestry.com. (2007). Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905 [database online]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc. [ErnstP 06.].

    5. [S2363] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].

    6. [S2369] Ernest W. Pierce household, 1910 U.S. Census, Wilkin County, Minnesota, Breckenridge City, ED 266, SD 9, sheet 14A, dwelling 325, family 325; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 726, page 234. [ErnstP 04.].

    7. [S2364] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].

    8. [S2365] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].

    9. [S2367] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].

    10. [S2034] Ernest W. Pierce household, 1930 U.S. census, Los Angeles County, California, enumeration district 19-1553 supervisor's district 18, sheet 16A, dwelling 327, family 329; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 175. [ErnstP 03.].

    11. [S2366] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].

    12. [S2368] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].

    13. [S8006] Nellie Mae (Pierce) Cole, obituary, "Nellie Cole: May 9, 1903-Aug 28, 2007." The Greeley Tribune, August 30, 2007, p. A-11. [NMP 03.].

    14. [S7368] Earnest Pierce and Clara Davis, "Married," article in the Webster City Tribune, 03 July 1896. [ErnstP 01; CD 01.].

    15. [S7384] Nellie Mae Pierce, response to Information Sheet, March 29, 2004. [NMP 02.].


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