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GEORGE SHIMP

Whose father, Michael Shimp, is deceased, but whose mother, Mary (Yonger), is living, was born in Germany July 12, 1841. He was married in Sturgis, Mich., Feb. 16, 1868, to Sarah Kline, who was born Feb. 1, 1846, in Lancaster, N.Y. She was a daughter of Stephen and Catherine (Everhard) Kline. Eleven children have graced this union, Katherine, George, Mary, Edward, John, Ida, Daniel, Elizabeth, Samuel, Grace and Frank. Comrade Shimp served in the Union army a short time during the late unpleasantness. He was a farmer and 20 years of age when he cast his lot as a soldier, Feb. 13, 1865, at Sturgis, Mich., in Co. E, 11th Mich. V.I., which was assigned to 1st Brig., 2d Div., 14th A.C. In 1865 he was detailed at Chattanooga, Tenn., to take charge of Col.'s horses and spent four months in this way. Owing to the lateness of his enlistment and the close of the war so soon thereafter, he did not take part in any battles and was honorably discharged Sept. 14, 1865, at Jackson, Mich. His wife's brother George was in service. Comrade Shimp has been school director; he belongs to Sturgis Post, No. 73; he is a farmer by occupation and his address is Sturgis, Mich.

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CHARLES SHOEMAKER

Was born in Trumbull county, O., June 11, 1845, and was a son of Joseph and Susannah (Remalia) Shoemaker, deceased. Oct. 21, 1867, he settled in this county and united his fortunes for life with Christianna Tungate, who was born in Ontario county, N.Y., Dec. 25, 1849. Her parents, no longer living, were Benj. and Mary (Gilding) Tungate. To this marriage were given these children: Daisy A., Chauncey and Charles J. When the Stars and Stripes were hauled from Sumpter, he was a lad of 16 years and had been engaged in farming. He was among the volunteers to enlist in the Nation's defense July 1, 1862, at Johnstown, Mich., as a private in Co. D, 17th Mich. V.I., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 9th A.C., and before the close of hostilities was made Corp. then Sergt. Sept. 17, 1862, he was wounded in left arm at Antietam, and was taken care of by Regtl. Sergt. May 7, 1864, he was captured at Wilderness and was held on field two days, when he made his escape. June 20, 1864, he was detailed at Tetersburg as private Ord., for five weeks, to Gen. Wilcox. He was always at his post of duty, exhibiting the splendid courage of the brave soldier at South Mt., Antietam, Fredericksburg, Siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Blue Springs, Loudoun, Lenoir Station, Campbell Station, Siege of Knoxville, Turley's Ford, Ft. Saunders, Strawberry Plains, Wilderness, Ny River, Spottsylvania, North Anna River, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Carter Station, Weldon R.R., Reams Station, Poplar Springs, Pegram's Farm, Hatcher's Run, Fort Steedman and capture of Petersburg. He was honorably discharged June 3, 1865 at Delaney's House, D.C. He had three brothers in service, Reuben, Frank and Joshua, who died in service of typhoid fever. His wife's father served in the war. Comrade Shoemaker is post Com. of John Stark Post; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Banfield, Mich.

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DAVID SHOOK

Was born in Stark county, Ohio, Aug. 17, 1842, and was a son of David and Catherine (Holbin) Shook, deceased. He was united in the bonds of matrimony June, 1868, at Madison, Ind., to Lucinda Eperhart, who was a native of Ohio, born January, 1840. Her parents, not living, were John and Catherine Everhart. By this marriage there are four children, Henry, Eli, Julia and Edwin. Comrade Shook fought and suffered the hardships of army life as a soldier during the late war, and was a private in Co. A, 15th Mich.V.I. He had been engaged in farming when he was enrolled from Burr Oak, Mich., at the age of 20 years. He was never wounded, but in 1863 he was cared for in hospital five months for chronic diarrhea. he took part in the battles of Corinth and Holly Springs and was honorably discharged in the spring of 1863 at Nashville, Tenn. His brother Jonathon was in the war and was taken prisoner, being held in Andersonville seven months. His wife's brother Benj. was also in service. Comrade Shook has been postmaster one year; he belongs to Liddle Post, No. 131; his occupation is that of a farmer and his post office address is Colon, Mich.

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JONATHON SHOOK

Was born in Stark county, Ohio, April 1840, as was a son of David and Catherine (Holbin) Shook, deceased. He was married May 30, 1866, to Lydia Knepp, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1831. Her parents, no longer living, were Adam and Margaret (Shulers) Knepp. Comrade Shook's record as a soldier is a noble one, enlisting Jan. 20, 1862, as a private in Co. A, 15th Mich. V.I. In 1862 he was confined in hospital at Evansville, Ind., five months, suffering with black measles. In the winter of 1864-5 he was furloughed for thirty days, having re-enlisted as a veteran. He took part in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Mine Run and Wilderness, and was honorably discharged July 5, 1865 at Louisville, Ky. His brother David served his country in the hour of peril and was a member of a Mich. Regt. The subject of this brief sketch is a member of Liddle Post; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Colon, Mich.

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ALONZO SMITH

Was born in Amboy, N.Y. Sept. 9, 1844, and was a son of Ephraim and Abigail (Hall) Smith, deceased. His helpmate on life's journey was Nettie Dunn, the nuptial knot being tied Jan. 28, 1864, at Amboy, N.Y. His wife was born in Montgomery county, N.Y., May 8, 1846, a daughter of John and Eliza (Merchant) Dunn, deceased. They have reared three children, Herbert, Pearl and May. Comrade Smith gave his young manhood to his country's service, and joined the standard at the age of 17 years. He was enrolled from Mexico, N.Y., Sept. 10, 1861, as a private in Co. G, 1st N.Y.L.A., 2d A.C. Oct. 31, 1864, he was wounded in front of Petersburg, in left shoulder, and had to have the shoulder joint removed; he was taken to Columbia hospital, Washington, where he received treatment untiil honorably discharged March 17, 1865, on surgeons certificate of disability. Dec. 23, 1863, he had been furloughed for thirty days and again from hospital for sixty days. He was honorably discharged at Brandy Station, Jan. 1, 1864, and re-enlisted as a veteran, thus obtaining a veteran's furlough of thirty days. In the spring of 1864 he was detailed at Brandy Station as Ord. for Gen. Hazzard at Brig. Hd. Qtrs. His battle list includes some hard-fought fields, Warrington, Yorktown, Lees Mills, Fair Oaks, Antietam, Leesburg, Charleston, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Auburn, Mine Run, Martin's Ford, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon R.R., and Deep Bottom. He had two brothers who served their country in the hour of peril, Riley, in 2d N.Y.H.A, died in service, and Gordon, in 147th N.Y.V.I., died at Aqua Creek. Comrade Smith is a member of Prutzman Post, is which he is honored with the office of P.P.C. and his wife is J.V.P. of W.R.C. Returning to civil life he entered the ministry in M.E. church. He is a resident of Three Rivers, Mich.

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A very special "Thank you" to LeAnn K. Clark for her generous contribution of this material

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