1996 ME (Pete) Jackson

MATTHEW E. “PETE” JACKSON

Pete Jackson was born on 9/27/21 in Jefferson Township in Carroll County. He attended Yeoman grade school and graduated from Delphi High School in 1939. He was married to Lorena Myer in 1941 and they had 5 children: Sandra Schafer, Alan, Stephen, Scott, and Marilyn Lowery.

Pete worked at Alcoa before and after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Pete farmed and operated ag soil service (lime & fertilizer) until 1955. After his wife’s death, he married Joan Abbott in 1957. She also had 5 children, James Terry (lost his life in Viet Nam in 1971), Larry, Tom, Penne Platt, and Sandi Biskie. Pete and Joan 19 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

In 1962 he became a partner with L.M. Chittick and Son (John) to form Chittick – Jackson, Inc. and in 1963 W.H. Lee joined in to make it Chittick- Jackson-Lee, Inc. In 1965, Pete and Bill became sole owners of the business. In 1966 they built the new sales and service facility on State Road 75. In 1972 Bill Pearson joined the firm making it Jackson-Lee-Pearson, Inc. which it is still named. In 1979 Bill Pearson and Pete purchased Bill Lee’s interest and in 1989 Pete retired and Bill Pearson became sole owner.

Pete was a very community minded person and served as Chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Party from 1962-1970. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Matt Welsh in 1965. Pete owned and piloted a plane which was often used to procure emergency parts in busy seasons as Jackson-Lee-Pearson’s reputation was built on availability of parts and good service.

Pete served as Carroll County Chairman for Future Farmers of America fund raising campaign and served on the Carroll FFA Advisory Committee. He served as a Director on the Flora Community Club for many years and he was one of the original stockholders of Flora Apartments, Inc. He served as a Director at Bright National Bank for 14 years and he has been an active member of the First Christian Church in Flora.

His hobbies include fishing and overwintering in Florida.

Pete acknowledges that many of his contributions to the community have been through the Jackson-Lee-Pearson implement business, therefore, he shares credit with Bill Lee (deceased) and Bill Pearson (now sole owner).

February 11, 2010


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