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George L. Gearhart

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 727

     who carries on general farming and stock raising on his valuable farm of eighty-four acres, which lies in Perry township, Shelby county, O., was born in this township, January 18, 1870, and is the only son of Anthony and Elizabeth (Burditt) Gearhart. The father, who is now deceased, was born in Miami county, O., and the mother in Hancock county and the latter resides with her only daughter, Marilla, who is the wife of Wyant A. DeWeese.
     George L. Gearhart remained on the home farm assisting his father after his-school days were over, until he was twenty-three years old and then started out for himself. He began by renting 164 acres in Perry township, which he cultivated until his father died when he inherited his present farm of eighty-four acres and settled here. Many improvements seemed desirable and as rapidly as possible Mr. Gearhart brought them about, these including the tiling of the land in many places, the remodeling of the barn and the erection of a handsome residence with many modern comforts installed. He is a wide awake, progressive farmer and is prosperous.
     In December, 1892, Mr. Gearhart was married to Miss Lavina J. Fogt, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of John B. and Isabel (Ragan) Fogt. They were farming people of this county and the father died on his farm in Franklin township and his burial was in the Pearl cemetery. The mother survives and is a resident of Pemberton, O. They had the following children: Minnie, who is the wife of Frank Young; Elizabeth; Albert; Elmer; and Bertha, who is the wife of Charles Knief. Mrs. Fogt subsequently married William Line and they have one daughter, Ona, who is the wife of W. J. Foster.
     Mr. and Mrs. Gearhart have two children: Gladys Ruth and Joy Marie. They attend the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Gearhart has always been a democrat in his political preference, and fraternally is identified with the F. & A. M. at Port Jefferson, O.

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