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Quill Pierce
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Descendants of Oscar Aquilla Pierce
1 Oscar Aquilla Pierce b: 28 Nov 1881 in Blum, TX d: 13 Dec 1956

.. +Margaret Elizabeth Applegate b: 09 Sep 1885 in Covered wagon, on a Missouri road going to Texas m: 17 Oct 1899 d: 12 May 1922 in Terrell, TX

......... 2 Julius Jewell Pierce b: 11 Sep 1900 in Hill County Tx d: 03 Aug 1947 in Ralls Tx (Crosby County)

............. +Carl Clementine Brantley b: 04 Feb 1903 in Hill Co., TX - near Covington m: 27 Jun 1920 d: 29 Jun 1988 in Lubbock, TX

......... 2 James Monroe "Dake" Pierce b: 14 Jan 1902 in Blum, TX d: 11 Sep 1987 in Floydada, TX

............. +Willie Evaline "Bill" Brantley b: 17 Aug 1906 d: 27 Jul 1996 in Floydada, TX

......... 2 Sterling Ward Pierce b: 25 Feb 1904 d: 23 Mar 1904

......... 2 Annie Pierce b: 23 Aug 1905 d: 23 Aug 1905

......... 2 Willie Vernie Pierce b: 19 Aug 1906 d: 09 Dec 1994 in Pasadena (Deer Park) TX

............. +Amon Barcus Fields b: 23 Oct 1905 in Frost, TX m: 26 Nov 1925 d: 23 Jun 2001 in Deer Park, TX (home of daughter Sandra)

......... 2 Lena Mae Pierce b: 01 Nov 1908 in Blum, TX d: 18 Apr 1975 in buried at Valley Memorial Gardens - McAllen, TX

............. +Henry Franklin Frost b: 17 Sep 1910 d: Jan 1958 in Edinburg, TX

......... 2 Otis Wornel Pierce b: 27 Sep 1910 in Blum, Hill Co., TX d: 05 Jan 1995 in Lubbock TX of cancer

............. +Choicy Williams b: 23 Jul 1911 m: 23 Nov 1929 d: 14 Nov 2001 in Lubbock, TX

......... 2 Shirley Pierce b: 17 Nov 1912 in Hillsboro, TX d: 31 May 2005 in The Woodlands, TX

............. +John Charles Irvin b: 28 Apr 1908 in Itasca, TX m: 17 Jun 1933 d: 12 Jan 1973 in Crosbyton, TX

......... 2 Alvin David Pierce b: 22 Feb 1916 in Blum, TX d: 12 Feb 1970 in Endacko, B.C., Canada

............. +Billye Gustine Harrison b: 15 Jul 1922 in Loraine, TX m: 15 Jul 1939 d: 16 Feb 1983 in Loraine, TX cemetery buried on Feb 19, 1983

*2nd Wife of Oscar Aquilla Pierce: 

.. +Lottie Mae Parsons b: 24 Dec 1890 m: 27 Aug 1922 d: 06 Jun 1963 in Ridge Park Cemetery - Hillsboro TX

......... 2 Myrle D. Pierce b: 20 Mar 1924 d: 25 Jan 1991 in Elkhart, TX

............. +Darwin Anderson 

......... 2 L. G. "Pete" Pierce b: 08 Oct 1925 in Hillsboro, TX d: 02 Oct 2002 in Morton, TX

............. +Wanda Faye Campbell b: in Crosbyton, TX d: Apr 1972 in Morton, TX

......... *2nd Wife of L. G. "Pete" Pierce: 

............. +Ruth ? 

......... 2 O. A. Pierce b: 10 Sep 1934 d: 10 Sep 1934

Notes for MARGARET ELIZABETH APPLEGATE:

Grew up with Sade Blankenship and they were best friends.

Sade said that "Lizzie" was a very sweet person. Sade didn't get along with her brother-in-law, "Quill", Lizzie's husband. There was a cellar half-filled with water and when Sade got mad at Quill, she threw his saddle into the cellar. As a result Quill didn't speak to Sade for seven years even though they saw each other often. Lizzie was in poor health and had several attacks, perhaps strokes. The three of them were in Lizzie's kitchen when Lizzie had a "spell" and went out like a light. Quill spoke to Sade for the first time in those seven years, "My God, Sade, I think she's gone!".

(told by Willard Pierce Oct. 29, 1999)

Notes for OSCAR AQUILLA PIERCE:

In his younger years, Oscar Aquilla was working for the railroad when the 1900 storm hit Galveston. He told me about horse drawn wagons going around picking up dead people in Galveston. (He always pronounced it Gal ves' ton.) Draw out the "gal" and emphasis on the "ves" and the "tun" very short.

Oscar Aquilla was the constable at Blum TX about 1916. He rode a motorcyle and quit riding it when he ran it up a tree!

He was Deputy Sheriff in Hill Co. and ran the "county farm" during the 1920's. He ran for Sheriff at least twice, but was not elected.

He moved to Crosby Co. about 1928-29 because he wanted to be near his son, Jewel, who had moved for health reasons. Oscar Aquilla moved back to Hill Co. in 1930.

In 1937-40 he lived in "The Cross Timbers" located in Woodrow Community. "The Cross Timbers" was a strip of light wood several miles wide between Trinity and Brazos Rivers. It contained post oak, black oak, white oak and burr oak.

I have vivid memories going to his farm in "the timbers" as a small child of about 3-4 yrs of age. We went down roads of deep sand in a forest of trees to his white house with rocking chairs on the front porch. There was a fenced peach orchard out back. Lanell and I would climb the wooden gate and eat the sweet, juicy peaches that we grabbed from the trees. Sometimes the family would have a watermelon feast in the backyard. I remember sitting at a table in the backyard and Pete telling me that if I swallowed a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in my stomach. My step-grandmother, Lottie, always wore a bibbed apron and a white cap with lace and was always in the kitchen. She would make "teacakes" (a type of cookie--flour, sugar, shortening, eggs, vanilla and baked to a light golden brown on the edges.)

From my earliest recollections until the time that he died, my grandfather wore a black Stetson hat. All his Pierce sons (Jewel, Dake, Otis, Dave, Pete) as well as his brothers Will & Walter Pierce always wore black Stetson hats, too. Was told that black didn't show dirt and sweat as quick as white hats did.

Quill's brother, William Rance Pierce and his wife Sadie (Blankenship) Pierce, and his sister, Maude Belle Pierce Blankenship and husband, John Blankenship all lived a short distance from him in "The Timbers".

About 1940 Quill returned to Crosby Co. and farmed in the Mt. Blanco Community. When he was too old to farm, he bought the country store at Mt. Blanco and ran it until he died in 1956. The Mt. Blanco store died with him.

I always spent a week during the summer time with Grandpa and Miss Lottie. After I got my driver's license at the age of 14, Mother would send me to Mt. Blanco to drive Grandpa into Crosbyton, usually once a week. Grandpa was getting to the age where he didn't like to drive. Since it was a good twenty-five to thirty miles from our farm south of Crosbyton to Mt. Blanco north of Crosbyton, I was surprised that both Mother and Grandpa would trust me to drive him.

About one and half miles from his farm located above the caprock, the road was a long steep descent into the Mt. Blanco canyon on the way into Crosbyton. Grandpa would insist that I turn off the ignition and coast to 'save gas'. We passed directly by Uncle Hank Smith's old "rock house" in Mt. Blanco canyon. Grandpa's house was on the caprock just above the "rock house".

He pronounced his mother's name Te li' tha (short e, long i) Isabella Roye.

I remember him sitting in his wooden rocking chair, polishing his wire-rimmed spectacles, and carefully putting them over each ear. Then he would take out his big Bible, spread it over his knees and read very slowly. I could tell that he couldn't read well or fast, and he always pronounced the words a little stiltedly. He had a fourth or fifth grade education. I asked him why he didn't go to church, but yet read his Bible. He told me that he could worship God just as well out in nature. His favorite verse was, "I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. "

(by Shirlene Irvin Love)


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Photo of Grandpa Quill Pierce's family. Reunion at Kalgary TX, farm of son, Otis Pierce, Easter Sunday, 1945.
File Size 53K
Pierce, Oscar Aquilla 11/28/1881 12/13/1956
Born: Hill Co.,Tx.
Religion: Meth.
Survivors: wife, Lottie Mae; 4 sons, 6 dau, 1 sist. 33 gc.
Source: Adams Funeral Home
Transcribed by Bettye Odom
Father: David PIERCE
Mother: Telitha Isabelle ROYE

His first wife and the mother of most of his children was Margaret Elizabeth Applegate. She is buried in Blanton Cemetery just outside of Blum, TX next to her parents (James Thomas Applegate & Mary Jane Razor Applegate) and Grandpa Quill's parents (David Pierce & Telitha Isabelle Roye Pierce).

Lottie Mae Parsons Strickland Pierce, his second wife, is buried in Ridge Park Cemetery, Hillsboro, TX.

Quill Pierce bought the Mt. Blanco store after he got too old to farm. The Mt. Blanco store died with him in 1956.
Submitted by Shirlene Love


Obituary

Services Are Held Friday for O.A. Pierce, 75

Funeral services for Oscar A. Pierce, 75, were conducted at 2:30 pm Friday at the First Methodist Church , Rev. J. R. Williams, pastor of the Mt. Blanco Baptist Church officiated, assisted by Rev. Wilbur F. Gaede, Crosbyton Methodist pastor.

Burial was in Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of King Funeral Home.

Mr. Pierce was born Nov. 28, 1881 in Hill County, TX. He moved from Hill County to Mt. Blanco Feb 5, 1942. A retired farmer, he operated the Mt. Blanco store until about a year ago. He died early Thursday in a Big Spring hospital where he had been a patient since March 5.

Mr. Pierce was the father of J.J. Pierce, a former Crosby County sheriff, who was killed in the line of duty while serving in that office.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, L.G. and O.W., both of Crosbyton, J.M. of Floydada, and Dave of Imperial; six daughters, Mrs. A.B. Fields of Pharr, Mrs Henry Frost of Edinburg, Mrs. Darwin Anderson of Odessa, Mrs. John Irvin of Crosbyton, Mrs. Thurman Frost of Lubbock, and Mrs. Martin Brown of Hillsboro; and 33 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gordon Appling, Blanton Hartsell, Eugene Brown, Marshall Money, Bobby Kendricks and Holt Bishop.

©Crosbyton Review, Friday, December 14, 1956
Submitted by Shirlene Love




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