Chester Shear

Chester Shear

Birth
Death 7 Mar 1906 (aged 42)
Burial Grandfalls, Ward County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 39855766 · View Source
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came to Texas in 1882
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Chester Shear was born on the very day General John Hunt Morgan led his troops into Kentucky...July 2, 1863. Two days later Morgan engaged Union forces at Tebb's Bend, a bridge crossing the Green River near Campbellsville in the Civil War torn state of Kentucky. The new born infant of German immigrants began life in a state with divided loyalty's to the Confederacy and the Union with strong ties to Kentucky born President Abraham Lincoln.

At the age of 19, Chester made his way to Texas. The first records of his living in Grandfalls, Ward County, Texas comes from the History of Ward County 1887-1977.
In the late 1890's J. Chester Shear was the Pharmacist at the drug store located in the front portion of the Brandenburg house. It was during this time he became acquainted with Dr. Charlotte Bergman, her husband Abraham and their four daughters.

Dr. Bergman, a Swedish physician of New York and Cleveland came to America in 1889. She and her husband Abraham, a former owner of a Swedish Chemical factory, were persuaded to come to Ward County with the promise of 80 acres which included a Sanitarium. Their contract stipulated they operate the sanitarium for two years or the property would revert to the sellers. They stayed the required two years and then some until Dr. Bergman became concerned her now of age charming daughters would become involved with the 'West Texas Pioneers'. (History of Ward County 1887-1977 pg. 168). For all her attempts to move her daughters from Grandfalls, three of them returned to marry West Texas men. Twenty year old Gertrude Bergman became the bride of J. Chester Shear, 34 year old pharmacist in 1899. Sister Charlotte married Tom Brandenburg and Dagmar wed Will Eudaly.

Sometime in the early months of 1900, Chester and Gertrude moved to Graham County, Arizona, where Chester worked as a carpenter. The circumstances of this change in location and occupation are not known, nor the details of Chester's early death at the age of 43 in 1906, but it is possible that Chester suffered from consumption (tuberculosis). As a common malady of the time, TB was often the reason for moving to the drier climate and sanitariums of Arizona. Apparently Chester and Gertrude returned to Texas sometime before 1905 when their son Henry was born.


Bio submitted by Sue Pittman McPeak

Grandfalls and Ward County Historian

Find A Grave Contributor #47574044


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  • Maintained by: Sue Pittman McPeak
  • Originally Created by: LADONNA GREER COLLETT
  • Added: 25 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39855766
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chester Shear (2 Jul 1863–7 Mar 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39855766, citing Tamarisk Cemetery, Grandfalls, Ward County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Sue Pittman McPeak (contributor 47574044) .