George M. Shafer
Assistant Surgeon, United States Army
George M. Shafer, physician, Bloom Center, was born September 5, 1834,
at Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio. He was the son of Henry Shafer,
of Kentucky, and Amy (Benham) Shafer, of Ohio. They were amongst the early
settlers of this State. Dr. Shafer was educated at Lebanon, Ohio, in 1857-58,
enlisted as a private soldier early in 1861, and was a member of the renowned
bodyguard of General Fremont, in Missouri. He was detailed as hospital
Steward, in the fall of 1861. In 1862, he was appointed Hospital Steward
in the regular army, and was soon promoted to Assistant Surgeon in the
regular service, which position he held until the fall of 1866. He was
stationed for two years at the Government Hospital, at Natchez, Mississippi.
He came to Bloom Centre, Ohio, in December, 1866, and commenced the practice of medicine, and was also the proprietor of a general drug and country store. On the 13th of August, he married Miss Mary L., daughter of Andrew Halboth, of Bloom Centre. They had four children, Florence M., born December 1, 1868; Minnie M., November 15, 1870; Frank M., October 26, 1872; Benjamin Earl, July 13, 1878. His wife was born February 21, 1851. Dr. Shafer was a member of Lodge No. 621, I. O. O. F., is a strong Democrat, and a good, useful citizen.
SHAFER, MARY LOUISE W/O GEORGE M
Posted: 3 November 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson