Clifford William Pierce

Born:Apr 24 1921
Died:Aug 23 1985 (at age 64)In:  Osceola, Nebraska, buried Fairbury Nebraska


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Immediate family

<Private> Dow
His spouse
Venus Vern Pierce
His father
Anna Mariea "Marie" Blum (Pierce)
His mother
Venus John Pierce
His brother
<Private> Pierce
His sibling
<Private> Pierce (McKenzie)
His sibling



1930 United States Federal Census

about Clifford Pierce

Name: Clifford Pierce

Home in 1930: Hubbell, Thayer, Nebraska

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Age: 8

Estimated birth year: abt 1922

Relation to Head of House: Son

Father's name: Venus Pierce

Mother's name: Marie Pierce

Race: White



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Name Age

Venus Pierce 47

Marie Pierce 35

Junior Pierce 12

Clifford Pierce 8

Cecil Pierce 2 2/12

Carol Pierce 3/12


Social Security Death Index

about Clifford Pierce

Name: Clifford Pierce

SSN: 552-20-5841

Last Residence: 68658 Rising City, Butler, Nebraska, United States of America

Born: 24 Apr 1921

Died: Aug 1985

State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)

Clifford W. Pierce

Clifford W. Pierce was born in April, the 24, 1921, the second son to Venus and Marie Pierce. He grew up during the depression when things were scarce, and times were hard. When he was twelve years old he entered a pony race in Reynolds, Nebraska, and won. There was a man and woman there from California that had seen the race, and felt that the boy showed promise as a jockey. His parents agreed to let him go with them and they took care of him as if he were their own. The following is a poem written for him by the woman that cared for him.

On your Own Clifford Pierce by Marie Presnell

You are on your own dear little man

and you know right from wrong:

Quite some time back your tones began

To change from high to strong.

Be guided well while on your won,

Increase the wisdom you have shown.

An honest man receives "the breaks"

That cheaters cry about:

And in temptations Neer forsakes

His mother's faith devout.

Be guided well while on your won,

Increase discreation you have known.

Dear little lad, in deed and word,

Remember well and long--

"Tis easy to go with the herd"

It urges you to "come along".

Be guided well while on your own,

If you would profit when you're grown.

"Protect your honor and your name,"

You mother's mother said.

She wished for you no blot of shame,

And for good morals pled;

Be guided well while on your own,

That heritage do not disown.

Grandmother Blum's exact words:

"Whatever you do, preserve and protect your name and honor."

Marie Presnell

This woman started a scrap book for Clifford to keep track of all of his achievements for his mother, Marie Blum. At the time of Cliffords death the book was handed down to his brother Cecil and then to me, and one can see from looking at this scrap book that Clifford had many accomplishments to be proud of.

Clifford also served during WWII. Of what he did while we was in the service, I do not know. It has been said that he fought in the worst part of the war, and that the demons followed him throughout his life. After the war, Cliff returned to the home of his parents, in Belvedere, Nebraska. His father owned a big building there and Clifford turned it into a restuarant, and he also ran the feed store. This was left to him by his father after he died. Clifford sold the store, and before it was paid for, a year later, a tornado went through the town and flattened it.

Clifford married a beautiful young lady by the name of Barbra Dowe. They never had any children, and after many years of struggling to keep their marriage together, they were divorced.

Cliff took up horse training and was well known and thought of by many horse breeders. I remember as a child going to Omaha, and Uncle Cliff taking us to the barns and letting us ride around the barns on the horses, and showing us how they were cared for and prepped for the races. He took a lot of pride in his neices and nephews, and took every opportunity to show them off.

After Grandma Pierce's funeral, my sister and I rode with Cliff from the church in Omaha to the cemetry in Fairbury. He occupied us on this trip by telling us stories about my father when he was young. He had a special way of keeping your attention when he told a story. He would often pause between sentences and you would have to wait patiently for him to begin again. We were never sure if he was finished or not.

In my observation, Cliff, was an easy going, good natured kind of guy. He was well liked by most of those who knew him, and I think in some ways he was a lonely man. He lived a rather wild and carefree lifestyle, which played a tole on his physical condition, and caused him an early death. Cliff died of a stroke, coupled with heart problems, in August of 1985, one year after the death of his mother. He never had any children.

He is buried in Fairbury, Nebraska, with his father and mother.

Susan Holmes

a neice

Easter Card from Son Cliff

No Date Guessing 1960's

Dear Mom,

Well we are getting along fine. Have bought couple horses. I went to Fla. and bought horse called Robin OK. Lost him the 2nd time I ran him and claimed Omengraph for 3700 and Elon Joe for 2000. I also bought old Rom along back. So now have 4 of my own and 1 pay horse. I put in stalls for Sportsman pork. May come to Omaha yet. Don't know. Ford is about any of horses will no doubt have some for him this summer. He got back from south sea and some got back from Japan. Going to put some fertilizer on my pasture down on creek. Alvie has had some bad luck lost couple colts and one more bad trouble and lost her. Guess Fred and Joan are having a good go in the tavern at Belvidere. Have not heard if Johnie has done any thing yet. Romalong ran 2nd tongiht. How is Martin feeling. He no doubt will be ready for warm weather. Has been cold here. Looks like rain today but broke away and didn't get any. Hope you feeling fine I was going to call you Sunday but didn't. May phone you next week. Love son, Cliff

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