MILO L. PIERCE SR.|
Roswell Daily Record, October 21, 1919
Typed as printed with errors.
Note: Milo was born in Menard.
MILO PIERCE SR. DIED LAST NIGHT
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 southeastern
He was one of the men who blazed the way.
When he first looked into the Pecos valley it was
a land the resouces of which were not realized
until years afterward. With a spirt
characteristic of the pinoeer 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 kindiest 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 years in the Union
army during the Civil War, and also rendered
valuable service to his country in the Indian
wars of this country in the seventies and
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 has
been his postoffice 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 preceeded 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 Kau.;
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 had 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.
Submitted by:Kay Oliver Stockton