McPherson, Pierson Montgomery

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Pierson "Gum" Montgomery McPherson
Personal Identity
BirthplaceMoniteau Co, Missouri
BirthdateSept. 14, 1851
Death5 May 1918 in Springfield, Lane Co, Oregon
Place of BurialMulkey Cemetery, Eugene, Lane Co, Oregon
FamilyJames C. McPHERSON (father), Mary McPherson (mother), Mary Ann SPENCER (wife), Infant McPHERSON (daughter), Alex Chandos McPHERSON (son), Seth Monroe McPHERSON (son), Walter Wales McPHERSON (son), Vinnie McPHERSON (son), Dorena McPHERSON (daughter), Lula McPHERSON (daughter), Adell McPHERSON (daughter), Wade Hampton McPHERSON (son)
Personality & Physical nature
Hobbies & Interests
ReligionChristian Church
Physical Characteristics
Social information
AffiliationLane County Democrat, Woodsman of the World

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From: "Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley"

Pierson M. McPherson was just a year old when his parents brought him to Portland, and thirteen years old when he came to Lane County. In the meantime he has attained to prominence as an agriculturist and promoter of the well-being of his neighborhood, living a life devoted to his farm, his family and his many friends. In Moniteau Co., Mo, where he was born Sept. 14, 1851, his parents, J. C. and Mary E. (Scott) McPherson were well known farmers, who, notwithstanding that they owned a large and paying farm, were on the lookout for a chance to improve their prospects. During the winter of 1851-52 they made preparations to cross the plains in the early spring. They started out in April with two wagons, four yoke of oxen, and three cows, the latter being pressed into service after leaving Fort Hall. Upon arriving in the Willamette Valley they had three cows and four steers, the animals having fared well during the long and tiresome journey.

The McPherson family lived first on three hundred and twenty acres claim near Silverton, Marion County, Oregon, and in 1864 removed to near Springfield, Lane County, where the father bought one hundred and twenty acres of land, living theron until his death in 1886 at the age of sixty-five years. The wife, who survived him until 1902, dying at the age of seventy-one years, was the mother of thirteen children, eight of whom attained maturity. Both parents were members of the Christian Church, and Mr. McPherson contributed many hundreds of dollars toward its support. He served in the Yakima Indian War, and at all times during his life in the west promoted the cause of education and morality.

The youth of P. M. McPherson, the third child in his father's large family, was spent on the Lane county farm. July 4, 1871, he married Mary Spencer, therafter living for a year on the James A. Ebbetts place, he then purchased ninety acres of his present farm, to which he has since added and now owns two hundred and twenty acres, all in the valley, just outside of Springfield. In his meadows roam the finest of Jersey cattle; other stock also bring in a substantial yearly income. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McPherson, of whom Chandos is deceased. Those living are; Seth, Walter, Vinnie, Dorena, Lulu, Adell and Wade. Mr. McPherson cast his first presidential vote foe a Democratic president and has never had occasion to change his mond regarding party affiliations. Fraternally he is connected with the Woodsman of the World and in religion he finds a home in the Christian Church. He is a thrifty and practical farmer, entering with zest into his chosen occupation, and getting the best possible results from his fertile and conveniently located farm.[1]

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