1 Windmilling, Swisher County Texas 1976-1977, Swisher County Historical Commission, P.O. Box 145, Tulia, Texas, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas 1978.
Jesse Henderson Pearson and his brother, W.L. Pearson, moved to Swisher County in 1890 from Quitman, Arkansas. Jesse secured a section of land eleven miles northeast of Tulia. he taught at Hastings school and did some freighting until he married Minnie Clayton in 1894. Their first home was a dugout. It had three small windows on each side and a fireplace. On one occasion a prairie fire burned near. Water was poured on the dugout, posts and outbuildings for fear the fire might jump the plowed barrier put there as a safety measure. The children were placed on a wagon sheet in from of the open door. Fortunately, efforts were effective and nothing was lost to the fire. Later Jesse built a small house for his family.
In 1907, Minnie died. Mary, the oldest daughter who was twelve years old, stayed out of school for a while to take care of the four younger children. Neighbors and relatives helped by sharing their labor, food and love with the saddened family. When the older children were in school, Jesse often placed a piano box in the field to shelter the smaller children while he plowed.
In 1907, Jesse married Sallie Parker whom he had known in Arkansas. The children attended school at Union Hill, Valley View and Tulia. They are Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Emmett LaRoe), Matt, Ida (Mrs. A.D. Gambrell), Nell (Mrs. J.C. Johnigan) and Ben Franklin Pearson. Jesse Pearson continued farming until his death in 1938. 1
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1939 LAST RITES FOR J. PEARSON WERE HELD SATURDAY
Funeral services for J.H. Pearson, 74-year-old Swisher County resident, were held Saturday afternoon at 3:15 at the Methodist Church here.
Rev. H.B. Standlee officiated and was assisted by Rev. J. Hoytt Boles, Presbyterian minister.
Mr. Pearson died Thursday, April 13.
He was engaged in school teaching for a number of years and taught one of the first schools in this part of the country. He had been a farmer the past 25 years. Mr. Pearson joined the Methodist Church when he was 18 years old and was a charter member of the Valley View Methodist Church. He was very active in church work and served for years as a trustee and steward. Mr. Pearson had lived in Swisher County 49 years.
Mr. Pearson was married to Miss Minnie Clayton December 25, 1894. Mrs. Pearson died December 21, 1907. To this union were born two sons and four daughters. He married Miss Sallie Parker in 1910.
J.H. Pearson was born October 3, 1864 and at the time of his death, he was 74 years, 6 months and 10 days of age.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Emmitt LaRoe, Tulia; Mrs. D.A. Gambrell, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. J.C. Johnigan, Canyon; two sons: J.M Pearson, Arco, Idaho; Ben F. Pearson, Lefors; one brother: G.N. Pearson, Fridonia, Ariz.; two sisters: Mrs. Hettie Gill, Romance Ark; Mrs. Amma Parker, Lindreth N.M.; and 12 grandchildren.
The active pallbearers were Walker Parker, W.G. Clawson, Will Edwards, T.L. Devin, John McCune and J.E. Holly.
J.W. Kiker, Joe Cantrell, Mart Hyatt, Howard Edwards, Rack Flores, W.B. Hale, T.L. Parker, and G.C. Hutchison were honorary pallbearers.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery with the Wallace Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
TULIA PIONEER SUCCUMBS
TULIA, April 14, (Special) - J.H. Pearson, one of the earliest settlers in Swisher County, will be buried here tomorrow following funeral services at the Methodist Church at 3:15 o'clock.
Rev. H.B. Standlee, pastor of the Methodist Church, will officiate, assisted by Rev. J. Hoyt Boles, Presbyterian minister.
Mr. Pearson died Thursday.
He was engaged in school teaching for a number of years after coming to Swisher County, but for the last 25 years he had been engaged in farming.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters and two sons. They are Mrs. Emmitt LaRoe, Tulia; Mrs. D.A. Gambrell, San Diege, Calif; Mrs. J.C. Johnigan, Canyon; J.M Pearson, Arco, Idaho; Ben F. Pearson, Lefors.
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