John Pierce

One of the well known residents of Lima township was the late John Pierce, who was born in Jefferson county, New York, on the 14th of October, 1825, and passed away on his farm, located a half-mile from Hingham, on August 3, 1907. He was a son of James and Bessie (Wade) Pierce, who were pioneer settlers of Lyndon township, where they both passed away.

John Pierce came to Wisconsin in his early life and was for many years identified with the agricultural development of Sheboygan county. When ready to begin farming on his own account he purchased the Jason Clark place, located in Lyndon township in the vicinity of Hingham, which he cultivated for about twenty-five years. At the expiration of that time he disposed of it and bought the farm in Lima township where his widow now resides. It comprises twenty-four acres and has always been entirely devoted to the raising of berries and small fruits.

At the age of about twenty-six years, Mr. Pierce completed his arrangements for a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Eliza Cobb, a daughter of Daniel and Louanie (Adams) Cobb, natives of the east, who came to Wisconsin about 1837 and settled in Sheboygan county. Mr. and ,Mrs. Pierce began their domestic life on the farm in Lyndon township, and resided there until they came to the place in Lima, where Mrs. Pierce still makes her home. She has attained the venerable age of seventy-six, her natal day having been the 27th of November, 1836, and enjoys good health for one of her years. Their family numbers eight: Adelbert, who is residing in Sheboygan; Clement, who lives in the vicinity of Kingsley, Michigan; Frederick, who also resides in the vicinity of Kingsley; William, of Hingham; Elmer, who is rural mail carrier between Hingham and Adell and lives at home with his mother; Charles, who is a resident of Winooski, this state; Eva, the wife of Edward Jensen, of Antigo, Wisconsin; and Nellie, who married John Ackerman, of Milwaukee.

Mr. Pierce originally voted the republican ticket, but as he did not indorse their attitude on the liquor question later gave his support to the prohibition party. He never actively participated in local affairs, although he was a public spirited man and was highly esteemed in his community, where he had many friends.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL