El Dorado County
REV. C. C. PIERCE
El Dorado County has one citizen who is beloved by all irrespective of party, religious or other affiliations; not because of riches, for he has none; not because of position, as he considers himself as only a humble worker in the Master’s vineyard; nor because of any expected material benefits, but simply because he has spent his life in earnestly and unselfishly endeavoring to benefit his fellow-men without a thought of fame or reward. Like the Master, the poor are his people and he watches over them as a shepherd guards his flocks. In addition to his duties as officiating minister at the Episcopal Church at Placerville, he walks all over the county, holding services in the various school-houses, and uses all of his spending money in buying books and papers for the children. He ministers to the sick and cares for the dying, not because he is a minister, but because it is his nature to do so. The universal regard which is felt for him is simply a spontaneous tribute to his kindly character and disinterested motives.
Rev. C. C. Pierce was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 2, 1825. He attended the Woodward high school, after which he studied law. He finally entered the ministry, graduating at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church at New York, and was ordained in Trinity Church upon the first day of July, 1860. On the very next day he left for San Francisco, arriving there on the 25th. He came to Placerville on the 30th of March, 1861, and for nearly five years held services in the court room. In 1865-6 the Episcopal church was built by the general community and Mr. Pierce has been the officiating minister, without salary, ever since. He also holds gospel meetings in twenty-four districts.
[The above brief account is taken, by permission, from the Mountain Democrat, of Placerville, California]
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.