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Roswell Daily Record, Tuesday, October 21, 1919


Milo Luicius Pierce died last night at 11:45 o'clock at his home at 415 North Missouri in this city, after an illness extending over several months. M.L. Pierce was 81 years, 2 months and 17 days old, and was born at Lincoln, Ill.

Milo Pierce was one of the old-timers in this section and had a host of friends all over New Mexico. For a number of years he was engaged in the stock business in this section and knew practically every foot of ground in souther eastern New Mexico.

He was one of the men who blazed the way. When he first looked into the Pecos valley it was a land yet to be developed and a land the resources of which were not realized until years afterward. With a spirit characteristic of the pioneer he settled down and made his home. Here he has remained during the rest of the years of his life and here his remains are to lay during the years to come.

Milo Pierce was a real friend to man. No man ever knocked at his door and was turned away. He bore the brunt of the frontier with a fortitude characteristic of the big, warm heart which beat within his breast. Perhaps no man who lived and worked on the frontier and who, after civilization came, lived and worked again, had more real friends than did Milo L. Pierce, Sr.

His work is done. For him the sun has set. Yet, during the years to come men will be reminded of one of the kindest persons they ever knew and the work he did here in the valley will long live as a monument to his strength of character and endeavor.

Mr. Pierce served four yeas in the Union army during the Civil War, and also rendered valuable service to his county in the Indian wars of this country in the seventies and eighties.

He was a man of more than ordinary physical and moral courage and consequently was a valuable and highly respected citizen.

He located on the Pecos river near the Texas line in 1872 and engaged in the cattle business when it took more of his time to fight Indians than it did to look after his cattle. Roswell had been his post office since 1873. Therefore, he was the oldest patron of this office.

He was married to Mrs. Ella Lea Calfee, April 20, 1882. To that union was born a son and a daughter. The latter died in infancy. The son. Milo L. Pierce, Jr., survives him and lives in Roswell. His wife having proceeded him some six years ago, he leaves two brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss. They are Hiram Pierce, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Sherman N. Pierce, Marion, Kansas.; Mrs. Charlotte Jones, Lincoln, Ill.; Mrs. Amanda Johnson, Portland, Oregon. Also, his niece, Miss Lucy Lea, who has made her home with him for years and whose care, attention and patience during all his illness has known no bounds.

He was a good man in all that, that word implies, and was one of our most respected pioneer citizens, and will be missed.

Funeral arrangements will be made later.

This page is "Milo Pierce Obit" on the Logan County, Illinois, ILGenWeb site. The address of this page is http://logan.illinoisgenweb.org/obits/piercemilo.htm.

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