Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

CHARLES E. PIERCE, M. D. Among the best-known of the younger generation of professional men in the western part of Greene county is Dr. Charles E. Pierce, of Brookline Station. He has always been a close student and having availed himself of every opportunity to widen the area of his professional knowledge and make him efficient in the practice, it is not at all surprising that his advancement has been rapid and satisfactory and that he now holds such a high and honorable place among the general practitioners of medicine in a field long noted for the high order of its talent.

Doctor Pierce was born at Lebanon, Missouri, May 23, 1875. He is a son of E. W. and Margery Ann (Webb) Pierce. The father was born near Terre Haute, Indiana. The paternal grandfather of our subject was a millwright by trade. He moved from Indiana with his family to Christian county, Missouri, when his son E. W. Pierce, was a boy and he taught the lad his trade, at which he became quite proficient. E. W. Pierce enlisted in the Sixth Missouri Cavalry at the outbreak of the Civil war, and served in the Union army until 1865. He saw much hard service and was twice wounded. After the war he returned home and resumed his trade of millwright, which he followed until his death in September, 1913, at the age of seventy-six years. He and his brother, Enos Pierce, built the first flour mill of any importance in the city of Springfield, and they were well known in their trade over several counties of southwest Missouri. The mother of the subject of this sketch was born, reared and educated at Fair Grove, Greene county. Her parents died before the war of the states began, when she was a child. She is making her home now in Ozark, Christian county, and is seventy-four years of age.

To E. W. Pierce and wife four children were born, three sons and one daughter, namely: William, a traveling salesman, lives at Marionville, Missouri, is married and has two daughters; Dr. Charles E., of this sketch; Tela is the wife of L. B. Williams, a hardware merchant of Ozark; Frank is in the wholesale drug business in Kansas City, Missouri.

Doctor Pierce was a child when his parents removed from Laclede county to Christian county, and he received his education in the public and high schools of Ozark, graduating from the same. He studied hard at home, and might be said to have been self-taught. He practiced at the Frisco Hospital in Springfield three years, and during two years of that time studied pharmacy. He began studying medicine when but a boy, and he took the prescribed course in the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1911. Soon thereafter he began the practice of his profession at Ozark with Doctor Bruton, with whom he remained two years, during which he got a good start, then came to Brookline Station, Greene county, where he has since been engaged in the general practice and has, enjoyed a large business all the while and has met with excellent success.

Doctor Pierce was married on February 19, 1913, to Jennie Glenn, of Christian county, where she was born, reared and educated. She is a daughter of John Glenn, a prosperous farmer of that county and a well-known citizen. His family consists of eight children, one of whom, John Glenn, is at this writing treasurer of Christian county.

Politically, Doctor Pierce is a Jefferson Democrat, believing in the old-time principles of the party. Fraternally, he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons lodge at Forsyth, Taney county. He attends the Presbyterian church. He is a member of the Greene county Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association and the American Medical Association.


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