WAHOO NEWSPAPER - OCTOBER 28, 1971
IRVIN L. PEARSON FUNERAL PENDING
Funeral services for Irvin L. Pearson, 68, Ceresco, are pending at the Nelson Funeral Home in Ceresco. He died Monday.
Survivors include his widow, Iradelle; sons, Irvin Jr., William, both of Ceresco; a daughter, Rose Marie Pearson, Ceresco; brothers, Elmer and Herman of Ceresco; and a sister, Mrs. Edna Brostrom, Corvallis, Ore.
WAHOO NEWSPAPER - NOVEMBER 11, 1971
HARVEST BEE HELD FOR IRVIN PEARSON
Last Monday, the following came with combines and trucks to help harvest milo for Mrs. Irvin Pearson who recently lost her husband due to a heart attack. Chester Sturm, Ed Johnson, Alan Pearson, Quentin Johnson, Norman Bulling, Paul Bulling,rence Johnson, Ray Otto, Larry Stark, Jesse Saathoff, Carl Brodd, Bill Pearson, Irvin Pearson, Jr., Glen Anderson, Herman Pearson, Laurel Nelson, George Heiser, Kenneth Pearson, John Saathoff, Glen Otto, Clarence Stewart, Marlin Olson, Fritz Heiser, Harold Heyen, Glen Samuelson, Wesley Burklund, Clarence Hansen, Dwain Anderson.
Women who brought food and helped serve dinner and lunch which was served at the Glen Anderson home were Mmes. Herman Pearson, Ray Otto, Chester Sturm, Ed Johnson, Ray Anderson, Edna Brostrom, Irvin Pearson, Jr., Bill Pearson, and Mrs. Irvinrson, Sr.
Other ladies who furnished food were Mmes. Roy Swanson, Herman Walin, Glen Samuelson, Axel Pearson, Roscoe Blodgett, Clarence Hansen, Al Hellerich, Marlin Olson, Clarence Johnson, Paul Bulling, Julius Nelson, Carl Nygren, John Saathoff, Carltrom, Paul Heiser, Dave Johnson, Reuben Isaacson, Ivan Nord, Laurel Nelson, Norman Bulling, Leroy Hansen, Leonard Palm, Quentin Johnson, Lynn Maxon, Merle Olson, Jerry Mullins and Misses Emeline and Ethel Brodd.
The Farmers Union Co-op furnished the fuel for the harvesting.
IRVIN PEARSON SR. FAMILY
In 1908, Peter William and Clara Brodd Pearson moved to Richland Precinct, Section 20, to the farm which has been farmed by his descendants ever since.
Irvin Leonard, their youngest child (following Elmer, Herman, and Edna), was born in 1909. He was a farmer all his life, and was born and died in the family farm home.
In 1935, Irvin married Iradelle Lenore Engstrom. Her maternal grandparents, Brauer and Nellie Peterson, emigrated from Sweden about 1869, homesteading in Wahoo Precinct, Section 12, about one mile south and a mile east of where Mead is today.e Petersons came by train from Moline, Ill., as far as Fremont. From there they walked to their homestead, carrying all their possessions on their backs, at one point wading across the Platte River. They had eight children. Ida, fifth from the oldest, was born in 1878. She was married in 1898 to Leonard Engstrom, a farmer who had himself emigrated from Sweden. They had two children, Vincent (1903-1982) and Iradelle (b. 1905). Iradelle was a teacher in Brown County and Saunders County (Shakespeare School) before becoming a homemaker and farm wife.
Irvin and Iradelle Pearson were married in 1935 and farmed and expanded the original homestead until Irvin's death in 1971. They had three children, Irvin Jr., William (Bill) and Rose Marie. Iradelle has lived at 221 W. Pine St. in Ceresco se 1977.
Irvin L. Pearson, Jr. was born in 1937, and was educated as a teacher of music. He has been involved in church and community music and farms in partnership with his brother. He married Leanne Lunzmann of Auburn, also a music teacher, in 1967.ey have two sons, David Leonard (b. 1970) and Kirk Eric (b. 1976). They live on the original Pearson family farm, Richland Precinct, Section 20.
William Engstrom Pearson was born in 1942, educated in agricultural economics, and is now farming in Ceresco in partnership with his brother. He married Marcia Sutherland, an editor and journalist of Brockton, Mass., in 1969. They have two daters, Erika Lynne (b. 1972) and Karen Marcia (b. 1976). They live in Richland Precinct, Section 20.
Rose Marie Pearson was born in 1946, and was educated as a music teacher. She is a homemaker, piano teacher, and performing French horn player. In 1973 she married Sidney Swanson of Hildreth, an electrician. They have two sons, Crale Lee (b.7) and Craig Allen (b. 1978). The Swansons live in Richland Precinct, Section 18.
Taken from the book, "1983 SAUNDERS COUNTY FAMILIES"Grace Church Books list place of birth as Swedeburg.