George Stermer

From Clara Stermer Hamilton's scrapbook clippings of Log Cabin Democrat obits:


George Stermer, Aged 82, Expires

--from Tuesday's Daily

George Stermer, aged 82, on of the earliest settlers of Conway, died at the home of his son, Frank Stermer, two miles west of the city, at 3:30 o'clock this morning, following a gradual decline in health incident to old age.

Born of German parentage in Indiana November 22, 1844, Mr. Stermer came to this country in May, 1870 during the construction of the Little Rock and Fort Smith railway, and for several years was in the service of hte railroad as section foreman. He homesteaded 80 acres of land, the south half of the northeast quarter, 11-5-14, the tract including what is now the Donaghey addition and the residence and grounds of Jo Frauenthal. In later years he sold this place and made a new home two miles west of Conway. His wife, Mrs. Anna V. Stermer, with whom he live for more than half a century, died January 5*, 1925, since which time he made his home with his son, on an adjoining place.

Mr. Stermer was regarded as a man of trustworthiness and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a charter member of the Center Link lodge No. 75, I.O.O.F., one of the oldest lodges in Conway. Two children* were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stermer, but one, a daughter, died about 20 years ago. He is survived by his son and by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stermer Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. S.B. Wilford, pastor of Salem Methodist church, of which Mr. Stermer was a member. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery, on a lot beside the remains of his wife, where Mr. Stermer had already erected a monument for his wife and himself.

*Annie V. Stermer died on 04 Jan 1925, and was buried in Oak Grove on 05 Jan 1925. George and Annie had a total of 5 children. B. Frank was the only one that lived to adulthood.

George Stermer: 22 Nov 1844 - 20 Sep 1927

Contributed by Becky Millet 2002

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