|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/17/1911.
G.W. Shimer Dead
Another veteran of the civil war answered the final roll call on Tuesday
morning, October 3, 1911 at 11 o'clock, when the venerable George W. Shimer
passed to his reward from his home at Freed after a long period of ill
health which terminated in paralysis.
Mr. Shimer has been a communicant of the U.B. Church since 1865 and
was a highly respected citizen. He was born in Allegheny county,
Maryland, on April 1, 1832, and there grew to manhood and was married on
December 14, 1858 to Miss Rebecca Poling; and immediately after casting
his vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860, set out, with his wife, for the wilds
of West Virginia, and settled near White pine, in Calhoun county; and though
he has resided at different points, he has ever since been a resident of
He enlisted for the Union in 1861 in company C. of the 11th West Virginia
Volunteers and followed the old flag for three years, and later in life
joined the G.A.R.
He is survived by his aged companion and eleven of his thirteen children,
viz: W.W., J.M., B.B., Okey, Mrs. Cordelia Simmers, Mrs. Lena Snyder,
and Mrs. Ola Snyder, all of Calhoun county, Sherman, of Wirt county; James,
of Pennsylvania, E.E. of Smithville, and Mrs. Mae Hays, of Hartley.
Forty-nine of his fifty eight grand-children and fourteen great grand-children
The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from Hoy
Chapel, at Freed, and was in charge of the U.B. Minister of Tannersville.
Interment was made in the Gainer cemetery near one mile from Freed.
The G.A.R. Post at Smithville had part in the services.