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George Omer (1856-1939)

OMER, AYERS, MCBRIDE, KELLER, GRIEVE

Posted By: jane austin (email)
Date: 2/25/2021 at 11:15:14

George Omer, son of Charles and Rachel Omer, was born November 26, 1856, at McConnelsburg, Pennsylvania, and passed away at his home in Paullina, January 29, 1939, at the age of 82 years and 3 months. Just a year previous to his death, he had the misfortune of falling and fracturing his hip. From that time on, Mr. Omer was confined to his bed and wheel chair. Death came to him while he slept.

At the age of 8 years, he migrated with his parents to Jefferson county, Iowa, and settled on a farm near Fairfield where he grew to young manhood.

In the year 1882, he and his brother Adam went to Kansas where he later met and on December 23, 1885, was united in marriage to Miss Harriett Ayers. Their first home was established on a farm in Jewell county, Kansas. It was here that their first child was born. Bess Omer McBride, who preceded him in death January 28, 1933. After one year of residence in Jewell county, the family moved to western Kansas and homesteaded. Here in a sod shanty Clifford, their eldest son was born. In 1889, the family moved back to Jewell county, Kansas where the remaining children of a family of nine were born.

In 1906, Mr. Omer purchased a farm a mile south of Paullina. Here he prospered and educated his children, giving them each a high school and college education. During the year 1927, he retired from active hard work to a home in Paullina, where he resided until his death.

It was during the year 1898 that Mr. Omer was converted to the Christian faith and united with the Bethel Methodist church in Jewell county, Kansas. Later he transferred his membership to the Methodist church in Paullina where it remained to the end. He always lived a clean upright life, and was held in high esteem by his friends and neighbors.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, who was his constant companion; four sons and four daughters as follows: Clifford of Sioux City, Gailord of Chicago, George of Long Beach, California, and Leon of Ocheyedan. The four daughters are Mrs. Grace Keller of Alhambra, California, Mrs. Ada Grieve of Sioux Rapids, Marie of Alhambra, California, and Mina of Paullina.

Also four sisters survive him: Mrs. Laura Bohnert of Jewell City, Kansas, Mrs. Kate Omer of Texas, Louisa and Amerlia Omer of Mankato, Kansas. Others who survive him are ten grandchildren, one great-grandson, and a number of other relatives and a large number of friends.

Rev. J.M. Howdeshell, pastor of the local Methodist churc, assisted by Mrs. Frances Abl__ and Mrs. N.E. Weems with vocal solos, with Miss Florence Waite at the piano, and a solo by Mrs. W.W. Whitney, conducted the services in the home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Paullina Cemetery.

O'Brien County (Iowa) Bell, 1 Feb 1939, p4


 

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