In 1888, the year that Nettie Pearce was born, Grover Cleveland was serving as president of the United States.
And just a little more than a year later, Wilford Woodruff was sustained as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.More than 100 years have passed, and Pearce, a Holladay resident, has celebrated another birthday.
Although she has severe hearing loss and is confined most of the time to a wheelchair, she celebrated her 103rd birthday last Saturday with six nieces, a brother, one of two sisters, and staff at the Holladay Health Care Center, where she has been a resident since 1988.
"She is happy and still has a good, optimistic outlook on life. If she could hear and see better, she would be in good health. Otherwise, she is doing very well. She had excellent health up until she broke her hip at age 91," said Norma Vance, a niece who lives in Salt Lake City.
Pearce was born Feb. 9, 1888, in Montpelier, Idaho, a daughter of Charles Rodwell and Agnes Hogensen Pearce. She was a clerk in a dry goods store in Montpelier. Her mother was the first white girl born in what is now Bear Lake County, Idaho.
The centenarian lived in her own home in Montpelier until age 90. Since that time she lived with a sister, Jennie Sorensen, of Farmington, who will be 95 Sept. 24, and she cared for a younger brother, Norman Pearce, now 82, in his home. He is now also a patient at Holladay Health Care Center. Nettie also has another sister, Ruth Shelton, age 89, who lives in Salt Lake City.
Douglas D. Palmer