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Colwell Arba Pierce

General Information

Other Known Names: C. A. Pierce

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 8/21/1886
Place of Birth: Pawtucket, Providence Co., RI USA

Date of Death: 10/5/1954
Place of Death: El Paso, El Paso Co., TX USA
Burial Location: Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Carlsbad, Eddy Co., New Mexico, plot: B-169-8

Biographical Information

"Report Rich Silver Strike Near Harshaw in Santa Cruz County." Tombstone Epitaph, December 8, 1918, p. 1:

NOGALES, Dec. 7.--News has reached Nogales from Patagonia of a rich silver strike, which was made about a week ago on the property operated by C. A. Pierce and Tom Gardner, located about one half mile from the Hardshell mine In the vicinity of Harshaw.  Pierce and Gardner were working the property for manganese, according to Howard Keener, publisher of the Patagonian, when they discovered the ledge five feet in length of high grade sliver ore.

When the news of the strike reached Patagonia many bids were offered for the mines, but the owners refused to sell.  A carload of this ore has been shipped the El Paso smelter and two more carloads will probably be shipped In the near future.

It is also reported that the property is one of the most promising of that neighborhood.

From Arizona State Senate, 22nd Legislature, 1st Regular Session (1955), S.R. 3:

Whereas, the Honorable Colwell A. Pierce, a former member of the Arizona Senate, died October 5, 1954, in El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Pierce was born in 1886, at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and attended Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, Missouri, from which institution he received degrees of B. S. and E. M.

He came to Arizona in his youth and entered into the mining business at Patagonia.  Following success in his chosen field of work he became interested in public and fraternal affairs.  He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

His interest in state government led to his being chosen in 1922 to represent Santa Cruz County in the Senate of the Sixth Legislature.  He held the position of Chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining, and was a member of the Committees on Appropriations, Labor, Livestock, Roads, and Militia and Public Defense.  He retired from public life in Arizona to become general superintendent of the United States Potash Company at Carlsbad, New Mexico.

He brought to his legislative work the high degree of ability and painstaking effort that always characterized him....

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Legislative Resolution

Link to Legislative Resolution

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Title Occupation Start Year End Year
concentration mill, Joplin, Missouri Labor/Trades/Construction
consulting engineer, Consolidated Southern Arizona Mining Co., Patagonia, Arizona Mining
consulting mining engineer, Sonora Development Co., Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico Mining
general superintendent, United States Potash Company, Carlsbad, New Mexico Mining
miner, timberman, surveying, Victor, Colorado Mining
mining engineer, St. Louis Smelting and Refining Co. Mining
operator, two producing mines, Patagonia, Arizona Mining
owner, Patagonia Eng. and Assay Office Business/Financial/Office
superintendent, Rexall Mining Co., Victor, Colorado Mining
vice president, Evans Mercantile Co. Business/Financial/Office

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Arizona Legislative Service

Session Chamber Party District City County Office Additional Information
6th Legislature, Regular (1923) Senate Democrat Santa Cruz - (1912-30) (1931-66 Senate) Patagonia Santa Cruz

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Birth:  WWI draft card: Colwell Arba Pierce, signature is clearly Arla but name appears to be Arba which is father's name; Bulletin of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. No. 112 (April 1916), p. xxxiv cites his name as "Colwell Arba Pierce"; Arizona Legislative Biography sheet:  C. A. Pierce "August 1886 - Pawtucket, R.I." parents:  Arba Francis and Eunice (Colwell) Pierce; Occupation(s): Arizona Legislative Biography sheet and Who's Who in Engineering:  A biographical dictionary of contemporaries, 1922-1923.  Brooklyn, NY:  John W. Leonard Corp., 1922; Death:  Legislative death resolution; Cemetery:  Find A Grave Memorial 68151055 created by: Betty, record added: Apr 10, 2011 

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