Title: Pierson Family History - Edward Grier Pierson, Jr.
Title: Pierson Family Bible
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Title: 1930 United States Federal Census
Page: Year: 1930; Census Place: Newburgh, Orange, New York; Roll: 1633; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0078; Image: 868.0; FHL microfilm: 2341367
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Title: New York, State Census, 1925
Title: 1930 United States Federal Census
Title: Douglas Pierson Hanke (DPH)
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Ted Pierson was raised by a prosperous father who wanted his children to have every advantage he could give them. His dotting mother spoiled him by requiring little of him and indulging him in many ways. The family home was a large two story frame structure with 12 rooms and one bathroom. The family holdings included two other farms farmed by live-in tenants, an ice house, a feed mill, and a creamery and a large dairy herd.
Ted's father was more a businessman than a farmer, but I suspect his work ethic would require him to participate in all the farm work and activities. A Negro woman lived with the family and did housework and cooking and was a large part of raising the family of three boys and a girl, and was remembered fondly by the children. The family was active in the local Little Britain Church, a Dutch Reform Church, that in latter years returned to its original Presbyterian roots and name.
Ted was born at home in Little Britain and attended the same one room brick schoolhouse that his brothers and sister attended and that his own children would attend. His father hoped to give him the opportunity to become a professional of some sort and encouraged him to get the best education he could. He lived the normal country boyhood of the 1890's participating in the farm life and work, but with the expectations that he would not be a farmer himself. His social activities centered around family and friends, the local church, the local Grange and a circle of his peers. He talked of his experiences haying and other farm work fondly and of his pet goat that was large enough to be hitched to a cart and to pull two people. He enjoyed sports and had some basic skills in baseball.
He left Newburgh Free Academy to enter Blair Academy in Hamburg, NJ, and graduated from Blair in the class of 1910 when he was 18. His sister Bess also attended Blair, a prep school that still exists today still with an excellent reputation. He then entered Union College 15 miles west of Albany, NY (founded in 1795, current enrollment 2,100 coed) and after two years his father decided he was spending too much time living the high life of a college boy and ended his college days.
This was 1912 and I am not aware of what he did until 1916 when he joined the Navy during World War I as an enlisted man. He served at Brooklyn Navy Yard for some time and went to Seattle, WA, to be assigned to a ship's crew, and then the war ended and he was honorably discharged in 1919 as Second Class Petty Officer Quartermaster Corps. In December 1941 (he was 49 years old) at the outbreak of World War II he offered his services to the Navy again and considered a commission as Commander, but was unable to consummate this.
Returning home he became associated with the Wall Street Brokerage Firm of Brown Brothers that still operates its office in the heart of the Manhattan Financial District. He was I believe a broker for them and liked the work. It was while he worked in Manhattan that he met Grace Laird and dated her a few times before he shifted his attentions to her younger sister Ida Raynor Laird (10 years younger than himself).
I know no details of this courtship except he brought Ida home to Little Britain to meet his parents a number of times before they announced their engagement. They were married in Newburgh, NY, on July 15, 1922 at the Dutch Reform Church on Grande St. This was the church sect he was brought up in and not the bride's home church. He was 31 years old and she was 21 and had become interested in Christian Science as her religion. Ida was born in Brooklyn, NY, and her mother and one of her brothers and one of her sisters were killed in a train wreck in 1912 when Ida was only 10. While Ida's father remarried a few years later none of Ida's 3 sisters or her brother had a close relationship with the new step-mother. Sometime around 1930 the step-mother died and grandpa Laird never remarried. In his last years the family came back together again.
Ted and Ida set up housekeeping in Newburgh, NY, in a house overlooking the Hudson River, and on November 15, 1923, their first child was born - Jacqueline Marie Pierson. On October 20, 1925, their second child - Edward Grier Pierson, Jr. - was born and they moved to a small house on Maple Ave. with more room. Meanwhile Ted continued to work at Brown Brothers in Manhattan. This required him to commute into the city about 60 miles down the river via the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry and NY Central RR to Grand Central Terminal and the subway to the Wall Street Station retracing this path each evening. When the October 1929 stock market crash occurred setting off the Great Depression he was suddenly without work with two children and another child expected in April.
Ted saw an opportunity and obtained a distributorship for "Real Silk" and aggressively built a sales force of around 25 into what looked like a growing and prosperous business. This business was soon a victim of technology as rayon and other synthetic fabrics were introduced and he was again forced to start over. He worked for a couple of years in retail sales in the men's department of the local department store "Schonmakers" down on Water St. which at that time was the shopping district of Newburgh. Around 1931 he took a job with Equitable Life Assurance Company as a life insurance salesman an avocation that he then remained with for the remainder of his working life.
On April 1, 1930, Elizabeth Bennett Pierson was born and Ted and Ida's family was complete. Ted's father had died in 1926 and his mother died in 1927 and the family farm was left to Ted, Holland and Bess. From this inheritance Ted retained one acre of land on Drury Lane in Little Britain and built a Cape Cod Cottage styled home. In this small house with 4 bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room. a dining room, a kitchen and a basement the family lived until 1948.
While the home on Drury Lane was being completed Jackie and Edward Jr. were sent to live with Uncle Holland and Aunt Rae (who lived in the big old house where Ted was born) so that their school year would be uninterrupted by the move. Ted's family moved into the new house about Thanksgiving time and enjoyed the tiny country farming community that Ted felt so comfortable in. His wife Ida was not so pleased with this arrangement, but accepted it freely though it was so different from her city upbringing. Ida had become a devoted follower of Mary Baker Eddy and was active in the Newburgh First Church of Christian Science and took the children to this church. This made her an outsider and different from the others in the tight little community where so much of its social life centered around the local church.
This difference and the separation that it produced was a burden for the family, but was borne with grace and respect for the sincere and burning faith that it created. In later years the children would find their own faiths. The family had set an example that made it imperative that some religious commitment would be present in their lives. Ted longed for a comfortable church life that he was familiar with, but recognized that his wife's faith was paramount to her and let her lead the family in its religious life. Dinner time grace was not practiced, the children were not baptized nor did they participate in any confirmation program. From this a stronger than average basic faith was instilled.
The single acre lot (a perfect square) had a large garden on the north side that Ida planned and that Ted did little of the work required to bring in the bountiful rewards that a vegetable garden yields. Ted arranged to have it plowed and harrowed each spring and participated in the plantings and often arranged for cow manure to be spread over the garden in the spring. The children were all required to work in the garden and to share in the housekeeping chores.
For a number of years we had chickens which we raised for meat not eggs. We had over 30 chickens some years and they were fenced into the southwest corner of the lot. Ted had visualized having laying hens and had built a stone base for a chicken coop, but never got around to the task of building the chicken coop so the chickens went into the stew pot when the weather got too cold. A cat was generally part of the household as were a number of dogs that served as family pets. For about three years we had a small black goat that we called Wingsey that was fun and more like a dog than a goat. Wingsey had a kid we called Whitesox, but we were unable to properly care for these animals for when they were given to two local farmers and properly fed they doubled in size in a few months.
As the Depression continued Ted found it harder and harder to earn enough to support the family so in 1936 he moved to Newark, NJ, and rented out the Little Britain home. Ida's brother Bill was living there and became a boarder which helped the family stretch its thin resources and provided him a family environment that he enjoyed. The larger denser population of the industrial city was a much better market for Ted to sell insurance to and he slowly improved his earnings. Ted's family was struggling to adapt to the city life which was so different from the tiny farming community they had left. Over the next three years the Depression clung to the country, but slowly the climate was changing. The war had begun in Europe and large Lend Lease Programs began to stimulate the economy. Ted decided that it was time to return home to Little Britain.
In 1940 before the school years started Ted had the family back in the Little Britain home ready to start school. Jackie the oldest child was sent off to Ohio to college at Bowling Green State University while Ed was ready to start high school at Newburgh Free Academy and Betty was to return to Elmwood (the local one room schoolhouse). The family was happy to be back to a familiar place and things and Ted was doing well in his insurance business, but this was to change.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and America was plunged into World War II. The initial results for Ted's family were good as war production and long factory hours created new markets for insurance. The war also created a host of shortages as scarce resources were assigned to the war effort and gasoline rationing made it impossible for Ted to travel the large range of the area his business extended over.
He took a machining course expecting to take a defense job in a factory, but was able to get a job with Sperry the maker of gyroscopes, bomb sights and other military gear as an Expediter working with General Electric. He traveled to the job each week and returned home most weekends. In 1943 his daughter Jackie married Max J. Hanke who was newly commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy. Then in 1944 his son Edward left home to join the Army Air Corp. That made it seem more practical to again rent the house and move the family to Albany close to his work.
When the war was over they ended up in Syracuse, NY, and Ted returned to his insurance business. Jackie and Max returned from the Navy and Max enrolled at the University of Syracuse for an MBA and Edward returned to take New York State Regents ready to start college in the fall. In 1946 Ted moved the family home to Fairview Park, a Cleveland, Ohio suburb, so they could be nearer the children (Jackie and Max in Fairview and Edward in Bowling Green State University). He could do this as the Equitable Life Assurance Company had a large office in downtown Cleveland and was pleased to have another veteran agent. The house in Little Britain was sold and a small house in Fairview Park was bought.
During the next three years his son Edward graduated from college and started working in Cleveland, and Betty the youngest daughter graduated fro high school and enrolled at Bowling Green State University. In 1952 Betty married Albert C. Koontz and Ted and Ida found themselves with only there son Edward still living with them.
In 1954 Edward married Marilyn Ann Ehle and Ted and Ida decided to move to Florida to enjoy the warm climate and to be near Jackie and Max with their three grandchildren. They purchased a small house in Clearwater, Florida in 1955. Ted by this time had had a number of strokes, each one of which he recovered from and was attempting to eat better, lose weight and had also given up smoking a lifetime habit. In 1958 Ted suffered a massive heart failure as he rushed to meet Ida and Jackie and her children at RCA Radio Center in New York City and died in the lobby with his grandson Douglas Hanke at his side. He was buried in the Pierson family plot in the Warwick, NY cemetery. His wife Ida died of cancer of the pancreas in 1961 and was buried beside Ted using the last space in the family plot.
While I have listed the events of my father's life, Ted Pierson left me with a rich heritage that I cherish as I cherish his memory. I have not chronicled the many hours of fun and pleasure we enjoyed or the thousands of little caring things we shared, but they are a treasure.
(Edward Pierson, Jr. - Oct. 17, 1995) .................................................................
Note: Ted was an insurance agent with Equitable Life Assurance Company. He l
Note: rd Grier "Ted" Pierson</b>Birth: Jan. 15, 1893Little BritainOrange CountyNew York, USADeath: Jul. 7, 1958New YorkNew York CountyNew York, USA Family links: Parents: Edward W. Pierson (____ - 1926) Spouse: Ida Raynor <i>Laird</i> Pierson (1902 - 1961)* *Calculated relationshipBurial:Warwick CemeteryWarwickOrange CountyNew York, USA Created by: LoganRecord added: Aug 21, 2012Find A Grave Memorial# 95743932http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=pierson&GSiman=1&GScid=66649&GRid=95743932&....................................................
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