Posted by Carolyn Schwab on Saturday, November 03, 2007 at 20:01:59 :
Wednesday, December 26, 1928
Legion Leader is Killed Near Ferry
D.W. PIERSON, 51, Commander of District No. 9, the American Legion, and a World War veteran, was killed early Friday when his automobile plunged over a 50 foot embankment above the ferry slip at San Quentin.
PIERSON was en route to his home at 315 East 19th Street, Oakland, from a visit with State Adjutant James K. Fiske of the veterans' organization, when the fatal accident occurred.
The men PIERSON was talking with before he left for home advised him to go to Sausalito to get a boat as the last San Quentin ferry left the pier at 10 o'clock. He started for Sausalito, but must have changed his mind at the last minute and started for the ferry at San Quentin.
Passing motorists sent for the ambulance, but when it did not arrive after they had waited for 10 to 15 minutes, they phoned to the coroner's office at San Rafael. The body was removed to Oakland. Funeral services will be held Wednesday from the California Creamtorium, under the auspices of the American Legion.
PIERSON at one time served as Commander of the Hayward American Legion Post, and was widely known for his activities in behalf of veterans.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Edna Pierson, and a daughter and son, Mrs. A.W. HENNING, Jr., of 4100 Lyon Avenue, Oakland and Wallace R. PIERSON of Hollywood.
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