Biography of Leland R. Pearson
Adams County, NE Biographies





Leland Ray Pearson, who is engaged in cultivating a good farm of two hundred acres on section 29, Highland township, is a native son of the county and a representative of one of its well known families. He was born upon the farm on which he still lives on the 30th of October, 1885, of the marriage of Fletcher Herbert and Annie (Iveson) Pearson. The father was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, and his parents were David and Jane (Pickering) Pearson, who emigrated to this country from England in 1837. To their union were born nine children, of whom seven are still living. Fletcher Herbert Pearson grew to manhood upon the home farm in Michigan and there learned practical methods of agriculture. In 1879 he removed to Adams county, Nebraska, where he had previously purchased a quarter section of railroad land on section 29, Highland township, and for thirty years he maintained his residence upon that place, which he brought to a high state of cultivation. He still owns the farm, but for six years has lived retired at No. 227 East Seventh street, Hastings. He was married on the 30th of September, 1879, just before his removal to Adams county, to Miss Annie Iveson, of Lenawee county, Michigan, a daughter of Thomas and Rudy (Kinney) Iveson, farming people. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Pearson. Laura, whose birth occurred on the lath of July, 1880, is the wife of H. R. Burnham, a farmer in West Blue township, this county, and they have six children, Anna, Nelson, Florence, Raymond, Harold and Margery. Milo Eber, who was born December 29, 1883, is a Congregational minister living in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He was married in New Haven, Connecticut, to Miss Nellie Crane. Leland Ray, of this review, is the youngest of the family. Fletcher H. Pearson gives his religious allegiance to the Methodist Episcopal church, fraternally is connected with the Mystic Legion Lodge at Juniata, and is a republican in politics. He takes a commendable interest in public affairs, but has never sought office, although he has served acceptably as a member of the school board.

Leland R. Pearson devoted the greater part of his time during his boyhood and youth to the acquirement of an education and to helping his father with the work of the homestead. He has continued to reside on the farm and since his father retired to Hastings has had entire charge of the operation of the one hundred and sixty acres in the home place and of forty acres additional, which he himself purchased about 1906. The two hundred acres which he farms yields him an excellent return and he ranks among the progressive young agriculturists of the county. He grows wheat, corn, oats and hay for the market and also raises stock for his own use. His work is well planned and his industry and energy are enabling him to gain success.

On the 22d of December, 1909, Mr. Pearson was united in marriage to Miss Dora Nida, a daughter of George and Isabella Nida, of Highland township. The family came to this county from Virginia in 1893 and the father is a representative farmer of his locality. There are three children in the family, those besides Mrs. Pearson being: Mrs. A. R. Robinson, of Hall county, Nebraska; and Rilda, now Mrs. L. E. Perkins, of Juniata township, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Pearson have two daughters: Mildred Marguerite, born on the 6th of May, 1911; and Virginia Irene, born January 8, 1913.

Mr. Pearson casts his ballot in support of the men and measures of the republican party, but has never sought official preferment. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church at Hastings. They are well known throughout the county and their many excellent qualities of character have gained them the respect of all who have been brought into contact with them. Mr. Pearson is progressive in his work and takes justifiable pride in his farm, which is in a high state of cultivation and is well improved with buildings, all of which he has erected, including the neat and comfortable residence. He owns an automobile and finds it of value to him in his farm work as well as a source of much pleasure.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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