Margaret Akre Pearson

Margaret Charlotte Akre Pearson

 December 4, 1914  -  August 27, 2010

Born in Highlandville, IA

Martin and Lena Peterson Akre 


Pearson - Margaret Akre passed away at the Ignacio Valley Care Center on Friday, August 27, 2010 at the age of 95 years. 

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Catherine Jesse of Sonora, CA; her son, Stephen Jesse of Danville, CA; her granddaughter, Danyala Cook and her husband Kevin and their daughter K’yala Machele of Santa Rosa, CA; her nieces, Barbara J. Akre of Coralville, IA and Joyce Akre Cassis of Johnston, IA; and her three nephews, Ronald Akre of Bella Vista, AR, Terry Akre of Lakewood, CO, and Robert Akre of Clive, IA.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Martin and Lena Akre; her husband, Frank Pearson; her brothers Leonard, Walter, and Norman Akre; and her nephew, Wallace Larson. 

The cremation took place at Hull’s Chapel, Walnut Creek, CA and Margaret’s ashes will be buried with her husband, Frank Pearson, in Los Angeles, CA.  

Memorial services are pending.

Margaret's Famiy History

Akre, Martin & Lena (Peterson Eide)


Posted By: Darla Doyle

Martin John Akre was born 2 May 1867 at the Akre farm near Sattre, IA.  He was the son of John J. and Martha Margrete (Saervold) Akre. John J. was born 15 Jun 1827 and Martha was born 29 Sep 1837. John J. and Martha had 9 children: Inger (b 8 Sep 1866), Martin John (b 2 May 1867), Ole (b 1 May 1870), Johannes (b 27 Mar 1872), twins Anna & Hendrike (b 23 May 1875), Jonas Johan (b 15 Sep 1877), Ingeborg Marie (b 13 Sep 1879) and Christine Pauline (b 2 Apr 1882). Both John and Martha died in 1902.

Martin married Lena Peterson Eide on 26 Jun 1895 at Big Canoe Lutheran Church. Lena was born in Springwater, IA on February 14, 1871.  Lena's father, Lars Peterson Nord-Eide, was born 6 Jun 1832 near Bergan, Norway at Sundsprestejeld. Lars married Karen Ivers 24 Jan 1867. Lars and Karen had 2 daughters, Nellie (b 5 Aug 1869) and Lena. Karen died 2 Feb 1875. Lars married Helga Hanson and they had 6 children: Susanna, Christine, Henrick Olai, Sebella, Clarence Nicholas, Martin and Helmer. Helmer died 12 Nov 1918 in France during World War 1.

Martin & Lena began their married life in Highlandville, Ia where Martin and his brother-in-law bought the creamery. It was known as the Bidne-Akre Creamery until 1940 when Norman Akre purchanced it and it became Highlandville Creamery. Many improvements were seen in the operation of the creamery. A transition from horse to truck routes were made and there were changes in the method of buying cream. Cream was purchased from an area extending to Hesper on the west, Allamakee Co. on the east and several miles into Minnesota on the north. Electricity was the most recent improvement over the use of cord wood.

Martin and Lena had 4 children: Walter, Leonard, Norman and Margaret. "Walter" was employed as a barber in Spring Grove, MN for many years. He had 3 sons: Ronald of Hiwasse, AR, Wallace of Yuma, AZ, and Terry of Denver, CO. Walter died 21 Oct 1963. "Leonard" was born 1 Sep 1901. He lived in Highlandville until 1930 and then moved to Monroe, WI. He married Martha Fisher 11 Nov 1932. Leonard worked as a salesman for Huber Brewery. Leonard and Martha had one daughter, Barbara, who lives in Coralville, IA. She has one son, Leonardo Sirios. Leonard died 15 Nov 1994. "Norman" was born 6 Dec 1907. He married Sylvia Jarland 28 Nov 1940. They had 2 children, Robert and Joyce. Norman died 7 Jul 1962 and is buried at Big Canoe cemetery. (See Norman and Sylvia (Jarland) Akre story.) "Margaret" became a nurse and worked in hospitals in Chicago, IL. She married Frank Pearson and resides in San Leandro, CA near her daughter, Catherine. Martin lived his entire life in Highlandville.

Winneshiek County Iowa
Biographies - 1996