Shelby  County  Indiana

Pearson - Pierson

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, August 20, 1963
          Mrs. William E (Hilma J.) Pierson,  78, 126 Van Ave., died at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Major Hospital where she had been a patient for the past two weeks.
          Mrs. Pierson was born Nov. 14, 1884, in Osceola, Nebraska, a daughter of  Peter and Matilda (Danielson) Nelson.  She spent most of her early life in Osceola where she taught school for several years after graduating from York College at York, Nebraska.  On March 2, 1910, she married Mr. Pierson and they moved to Shelbyville in 1941.
          Surviving with the husband are four children,  Wallace E. Pierson,  Mrs. Donald (Lois) Allison  and  Clinton R. Pierson,  of this city,  Byron W. Pierson  of Sacramento, California, and  Mrs. Palmer (Leona) Attleson  of Denver, Colorado; two brothers,  Adolph Nelson  of Omaha and  Oscar Nelson  of Denver, and three sisters,  Mrs. Joe Tilberg  of Stromsburg, Nebraska,  Mrs. Gust Boden  of Osceola, and  Mrs. Fred Senff  of York, Nebraska.  Two brothers and four sisters preceded in death.  There are eight grandchildren.
          Mrs. Pierson was a charter member of the St. Mark Lutheran Church here.  Rev. Donald E. Levenhagen will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ewing Mortuary.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
June 18, 1959
          Miss Lora B. Pearson, 86, widely known local retired teacher for whom the Colescott School was renamed, died at Major Hospital at 10:10 this morning.  She had been in ill health for several years and was admitted to the hospital Wednesday.
          A lifelong resident of Shelbyville, Miss Pearson, whose home was at 704 S. Harrison St. retired in 1941 after a 45 year teaching career.  She served in the city school system under six different superintendents.  Following her graduation from the local high school in 1890 she was graduated from Indiana State Normal College and did graduate work at Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University.
        Miss Pearson’s first teaching assignment was at the old Hamilton School, where she taught the first grade from 1896 to 1898.  This was followed with teaching at the Colescott and Thomas A. Hendricks Schools.
        She was principal at the Colescott building for 32 years and organized the first Parent-Teacher Association.  The school was officially renamed Lora B. Pearson in her honor by the city board of education in February of 1958.
        A member of the First Baptist Church since childhood Miss Pearson served as the church organist for 25 years and was in charge of the beginners’ department for 30 years.  She also was a teacher in the Sunday school department for a long period of time and took an active part in the Women’ Society of the church and for many years served as superintendent of local Vacation Bible Schools.  She was an active member of the Coterie and the Christian Business Women’s Organization.
        Miss Pearson was born March 10, 1873, a daughter of  Joseph C.  and  Susie  (Bishop)  Pearson.  She is survived by a sister  Mrs. Myrtle Harpold  of Porcupine Plain Saskatchewan, Canada and a brother,  Joseph A. Pearson  of this city.  Also surviving are two nieces and two nephews.  A sister Gertrude, with whom she resided for many years at the S. Harrison St. address, died in 1953.
        Funeral arrangements will be announced from the Sleeth Funeral Home.
Submitted by David Craig

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