The James B. Pearce Papers (1924-1963) primarily document the advertising activities and real estate listings of Pearce's real estate company, H. Pearce
"Ranches Only." Of particular interest is the first issue of the Lemon Grove Empire (1928), a rare newspaper about the area's agricultural activities, and scrapbook of Pearce's real estate listings. Arranged
alphabetically, the collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, directories, advertisements, and maps.
James Pearce was born in Minnesota in 1896. He moved to Lemon Grove in 1923 with his family. When Pearce's father passed
away in 1927, he took over the family real estate business, which specialized in the sale of ranches. Pearce also served
as a member of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. He later sold fire, automobile, liability and compensation insurance.
He died in 1968.
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