Colwell Arba Pierce
Other Known Names: C. A. Pierce
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
"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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