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George M. Wear

WEAR, George M., a successful farmer and stock-raiser, located on his fine farm of 153-1/2 acres just southwest of Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Lamoine Township, McDonough County, December 29, 1870, and received a thorough education in the public and Normal schools. He is a son of Hugh and Caroline (Holstine) Wear, who were born in McDonough County, the father in Lamoine Township. The paternal grandparents were Joseph and Mary (Downs) Wear, the former a native either of Virginia or of Tennessee. On the maternal side the grandparents were George and Matilda Holstine, the latter born in 1812. Great-grandfather Wear came to McDonough County in 1832 with his family of three sons and three daughters. Here he pre-empted land, which he cleared and cultivated until 1870, when he died. Grandfather Wear died November 20, 1894, at the age of eighty years. His son, Hugh, one of six children, lives in Lamoine Township on land which the great-grandfather obtained from the Government. George M. Wear, who is the third of five children born on the original homestead, lived there until 1894. He then moved to a farm about half a mile away, where he remained two years, and then moved to grandfather Wear's farm in the same township. There he lived until March 1, 1904, when he bought and occupied his present farm. His main crops are corn and grass, and he raises horses, hogs and cattle. He is an intelligent, energetic and progressive farmer, and his diligent application to the tasks before him, together with systematic methods, is producing most satisfactory results.

Mr. Wear was married December 16, 1894, to Gloria Fugate, who was born and schooled in McDonough County. Five children have resulted from this union: Fay, Fern, Miriam, Pauline and Helen. Politically, the subject of this sketch is a Republican, and fraternally, is a member of the I. O. O. F. and M. W. A.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1039, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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