Idaho County Free Press

January 3, 1890

Major Geo. M. Shearer died at his home at Mount Idaho at 2 o'clock yesterday (Thursday) morning.

January 3, 1890

Shearer, in Mount Idaho I.T.  January 2, 1890.  Geo. M. Shearer, ag 48 years.  Obituary next week.

January 10, 1890


George M. Shearer was born at Winchester, Va., on January 3, 1841.  He died at his home at Mt. Idaho January 2nd.

He received his education in Pennsylvania and went to California in 1854 but returned to Virginia in 1859.  At the breaking out of the war of rebellion  he esposed the southern cause and enlisted Gen. Bradley Johnson's regiment of Maryland volunteers and saw active duty as a lieutenant until his capture and confinement at Fort Delaware.  After his escape he came directly to Idaho in the fall of 1865 and made Idaho his home ever since.  His parents Frederick and Susan Shearer had located at the mouth of Elk Creek on Salmon river, known as Shearer's Ferry.  He was an active volunteer in the Nez Perce war of 1877 and carried two bullets in his body from the fight against the Indians on July 5.  He had several terms in the Idaho legislature and was appointed clerk of the district court in 1888, a position he held until his death.  In October last he visited his old home for the purpose of getting medical relief for his ailments, but they were unable to cure him and he returned home with the knowledge that his days were numbered.

In December, 1883, he was married to Miss Carrie Vollmer, three children were the fruits of the marriage, two boys and a girl, the youngest child being born January 20, 1889.  He was a man of great physical strength and force of character, shrewd in business and enterprising.  Thus one by one, death lays his hand upon the pioneers.  To the stricken family the community extends its heartfelt sympathy.





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