"Old Soldier" Goes to His Reward in 1911

(03/05/2002)

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 that county.

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 also survive.

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.