The descendants of William L. (Bill) Pearce and Ellen Moseley Pearce held their annual reunion on June 10 and 11 in New Braunfels, TX.
Bill and Ellen were early settlers in the Shiloh Community of San Saba County. Bill Pearce was a lawman most of his life, serving in locations such as Rock Springs, Barksdale and Richland Springs. He became a Texas Ranger while residing in Barksdale, near Uvalde. At that time, a mission of the Rangers was to keep the Mexican raiders from coming across the boarder and stealing the livestock. Bill Pearce remained a Texas Ranger until his death in 1957.
Ellen Moseley Pearce was an honor student of Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, which was founded by her father, Daniel H. Moseley, and five other men in the area. After college, she taught school for several years; she was a Bible scholar who loved teaching the Bible. They had five children, none who are living today.
The Pearce group began gathering late Friday afternoon and had a big spread for supper Friday night. Saturday morning all arose early to enjoy the home cooked breakfast at the Acorn Hill Bed and Breakfast Lodge. The group was free Saturday morning to go sight-seeing, shopping, swimming in the big pool, or just hanging out.
Some of the women went to the discount mall in San Marcus, most teenagers chose the swimming pool; we all visited and enjoyed catching up on the lives of others since the last year.
There was only one misfortune: Reed Blodgett got stung by a red wasp while in the pool. We all rushed to his assistance, but he survived with only a swollen face.
Saturday night brought a most delicious meal, with brisket home-cooked by Billy Pearce and his wife, Teeny. Our fun auction was held Saturday night with our auctioneer, David Gray. David is a spirited auctioneer, and kept us all in stitches. A short business meeting followed, and it was decided to meet again next year, place to be decided.
Those present included Dean and Evelyn Barrett, John Earl and Piper Barrett and family and Lisa Barrett and family, all of San Marcus; Billy and Teeny Pearce of Breckenridge; Casey and Monica Pearce and son, Gunter of Longview; Patty and Mickey Ratliff of Levelland; Bonnie and Bryan Shahan and children of Dallas; Jolli and David Gray and children of Lubbock; Frank and Sydney Pearce of The Woodlands and Richland Springs; Paige Moats and children, Piper and Dalton of Cleveland, OK; James Blade of Bartlesville, OK; Cubby Pearce and Reed Blodgett of Richland Springs; Cliffair Lummus of Bedford; Carolyn Mebus of Arlington; Betty Jo Davis of Ft. Worth.
Some of our regular family members were unable to attend, and we certainly missed them. We want to give our thanks to Bryan Shahan, our financial officer, for keeping things straight for us, and for his assistance in helping us find this location. We are a close family, and there is much love between us all, and we are glad we can bring honor to our beloved parents and grandparents once each year, and continue to keep our family ties strong.