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The Biography of George Peter Sheck

By Sharen M. Bowers & Ettarose Charlton Shultz
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     George Peter Sheck was born in Prussia Germany on July 25, 1835. The earliest record that has been found to date says that he was “relieved” of his citizenship in Germany February 23, 1852. He then traveled to Belgium on May 13, 1852. From there he took an American vessel and landed in New York. It is not known if he came with family, friends or if he made the perilous journey alone. George Peter was 16 years old.
     His parents, both born in Germany, and siblings are yet unknown and his last name may have been Americanized. He used various spellings over the course of his life; Sheck, Scheck, Shick and Schick. His birthplace has been named Prussia and Germany. His hometown has yet to be found.
     George settled in Wheeling, Ohio County, Virginia (later WV) and married Sarah Ann Cunningham on July 9, 1858.  (Document)  Sarah Ann was born in 1840, Ohio County, Virginia (WV) to James M. and Sarah Walters Cunningham. Sarah Walters Cunningham died November 1844 at age 25 years, 5 months and 14 days when Sarah Ann was only 4 years old. Her father, James, died in 1880 at 67 years. The Cunningham family plot is located at Mount Wood Cemetery, Wheeling, Ohio Co., West Virginia.
     After Sarah Walters Cunningham’s death, James married Sarah Unknown. Sarah Ann had at least two sisters; Isabel and Virginia and a half brother, Charles and a half sister, Harriet. James must have been totally heart broken after his first wife’s death as her headstone is adorned with ornate carvings of funeral draping, urn, tassels and quoted scripture.  (Photo)  It is a beautiful, melancholy monument to his love for her. James’ and his second wife’s headstone stands nearby in stark contrast to Sarah’s, with its boxy shape, no adornment and only their names and dates chiseled in plain print.
     In the spring of 1860, two years after George Peter and Sarah Ann were married, George proudly becomes a citizen of the United States:

"Circuit Court, Ohio County, Virginia"

     "At a Circuit Court begun and held for the County of Ohio, at the Courthouse thereof on Monday the fourteenth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty, and in the eighty fourth year of the Commonwealth.
     Present, the Honorable George W. Thompson, Judge of the twentieth circuit in the tenth judicial district of Virginia.
     John Mainz, a native of Germany, George Scheck, a native of Germany and Philip Weichsel, a native of Germany, this day severally appeared in open court and each applied to the court to be admitted to become a citizen of the United States of America pursuant to the provisions of the several acts of the Congress of the United States of America for that purpose made and provided. And the said applicants having thereupon each produced to the Court such evidence and made such declaration and renunciation and taken such oaths as are by the said acts required. Thereupon it is ordered by the Court that the said applicants have verally admitted and they are accordingly admitted by the Court as stated a citizen of the United States of America."

     Later that same year, in the 1860 census for Wheeling, Ohio County, shows 24 year old George’s occupation as a blacksmith living with his 20 year old wife, Sarah, and their first born child, William James, age 1. William James was born May 28, 1859. Their second son, George W., was born December 27, 1860.
     George may have started his life-long occupation as a blacksmith under the training of Sarah Ann’s father, James Cunningham for James was also a blacksmith. Whether George met Sarah while working with/for her father or joined her father to learn the trade after he met her is not known.
     Then in 1861, just as this young family was starting out, the Civil War loomed. George Peter enlisted as a Private, September 8, 1861, in Company I, 1st Regiment Virginia Mounted Infantry and was soon transferred as a Blacksmith, November 1, 1861 to Company M, 1st Regiment Virginia Mounted Volunteers, which later became Company M, 1st Regiment West Virginia Cavalry.  (Photo)  His physical description at the time of his enlistment was: height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, light; color of eyes, hazel; color of hair, black. George was now 26 years old.
     While George was away at war, on November 2, 1863, Sarah Ann died of typhoid fever in her 24th year according to the Wheeling Intelligencer newspaper. She and her sons had been living on Morris Street between 4th and 5th above Union. The person making the death report was Dr. J. C. Hupp. The location of Sarah Ann Cunningham Sheck’s grave is not known.
     It is only speculation that her two young sons, William James, age 4, and George W., almost 3 years, would have been taken in by Sarah’s family after her death; either by her parents or by one of her sisters. Court documents have yet to be searched to verify what actually happened to the two small boys during this time. George Peter was Honorably Discharged at New Creek, W. Va. on the 31st day of December, 1863. Whether he immediately reenlisted in the 1st Regiment of the W. Va. Veteran Cavalry Volunteers because of Sarah Ann’s death, we’ll probably never know but that is exactly what he did.
     George served in the war until he was again Honorably Discharged, this time at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia on the eighth day of April 1865. He had made it through 5 years of war without injury but he would find out later in life that he would eventually lose his health because of the harsh living conditions he suffered through during the war.
     Almost immediately upon returning home, George Peter moved to St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio. On January 1, 1867 he was married to Mary Jane Miller of Belmont County by Rev. J. B. Johnston of the Presbyterian Church.  (Document)  Mary Jane was born in 1842 and was the daughter of Martha Miller (father’s name unknown) and the older sister of Lucy A. Miller. George joined the Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville and was a life long member.
     The 1870 federal census shows George, age 34, and wife, Mary, age 28, living in Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio. George’s occupation is listed as blacksmith. Three children are named: son, William, age 11, born W. Va.; daughter, Luella, age 3 years, born Ohio; son, Charles, age 2 months, born Ohio. There is no mention of George’s second born son, George W. Had he brought William James to Belmont County but left George W. in West Virginia with Sarah’s family? We know that George W. was still alive in January, 1898 so he hadn’t followed his mother fate with typhoid fever. Further investigation in the Ohio County court records is needed to find out why George Peter left little George W. in West Virginia.
     The 1880 federal census finds the Schick family still in Richland Twp., Belmont County, Ohio. George is 44 years old and a “wagoner”. Wife, Mary J., is 38 years and keeping house. Daughter, Lucy Luella is 12, born December 17, 1867; son, Charles E., is 9, born abt. 1871; daughter, Mary Ross is 7 years, born October 14, 1872; and daughter, Mattie Zilla is 5 years old, born May 21, 1875. Son, William James Sheck, age 21 years, is living in Pease Twp., Belmont County, Ohio, with the John Hukill family, working as a hired farm hand.
     On January 2, 1883 a marriage license was issued by Probate Judge, Thomas Cochran and on January 3, 1883 William James Scheck and Miss Emma Harris were legally joined in marriage by S. Y. Minor, Pastor of the M. E. Church in Belmont County, Ohio.  (Document)  They moved to a cabin located in the back of the property of George Peter’s farm in Richland Twp., and set up housekeeping. Emma Harris’ name was actually Emily Sophia Harris, the 2nd eldest daughter of James Harris and Elizabeth Ellen Luke, born February 9, 1858 in Belmont County. James and Elizabeth Harris’ other children were: Claretta Jane, b. January 30, 1856, m. Benson Moore (Mechem Moore’s son), d. April 24, 1930; Sarah, b. May 15, 1859, died young; Mary, b. July 7, 1861, never married, d. 1927; Robert, b. April 2, 1863, died young; Pheby, b. November 16, 1866, died young; John H., b. January 21, 1869; Laben E., b. December 6, 1870; and Louis Winfield, b. September 1, 1873.
     Both the Harris and Luke families can be traced back as being early settlers in Hunter, Wayne Twp., Belmont County. The families survived by hunting, fishing and farming. After James Harris’ death between 1873-1877, Elizabeth Ellen married widower, Mechem Moore, who belonged to another old Belmont County family, on July 18, 1877. Elizabeth and Mechem had two more children: Henry V. b. in 1878, died young; and Lycurgus, b. February 20, 1880, m. Kathryn Phillips May 26, 1901, d. in 1965. Mechem Moore; his first wife, Amy Kirkbride Moore; and Elizabeth Ellen Luke Harris Moore are all buried at Mt. Horeb Cemetery which is located on a knoll overlooking Captina Valley, Wayne Twp., Belmont County, Ohio. James Harris’ grave is yet to be found.
     Shortly after William James and Emily Sophia Harris Scheck were married William found work in the construction of the “new” Belmont County Courthouse located in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Their first child, Milton Sherwood, was born October, 1883. Followed by Charles P., born April, 1885; Ellen Adeline, b. February, 1887; William, b. May, 1889; Delphia Corene  (Photo) , b. January, 1892; Laben E., b. September, 1893; and their last child (my grandmother), Mattie Luella, b. December 13, 1896. She was named after two of her father’s half sisters.
     In a special 1890 federal census for Civil War Veterans, George Peter Scheck is listed as having been a blacksmith in Company M., 1st Regiment W. Va. Cavalry. It states that he is disabled with “gathering of the neck-crippled.” 1890 is also the year that George Peter first applied for his Civil War pension. His entire pension file is located elsewhere on this web site. And too, George Peter was a member and actively participated in the local chapter of the G.A.R. This is probably how he became aware of each of the changes the U.S. government made in the law concerning Civil War pensioners. It seems like, every few years, a law would be enacted that would require some action on his part to remain eligible for his very modest pension.
     In a Wheeling, W. Va. directory for 1890-1891 a George W. Schick is listed as a “clerk” who boards at 1152 Water Street, Wheeling. Is this our little George W. who was left in Wheeling by his father in 1865? It is yet to be proven.
     On January 6, 1891, Charles E. Schick died in Richland Twp., Belmont County, Ohio. Charles, George Peter’s youngest son, was 19 years old. It is not known from what he died. He never married and had no children. His estate was settled in the Belmont County Probate Court November 22, 1892 by James F. Tallman, Probate Judge, naming his sister, Ella Schick (Lucy Luella), administratrix. His estate only consisted of a life insurance policy from New York Life Insurance Company for $1500.00 distributed to his parents and three sisters minus his funeral expenses. Although the estate settlement shows a disbursement for a monument of $115.00 Charles’ grave has not been found. Appraisers for the estate were Shepherd Davis, Isaac David and Amos McBride.
     By 1900, George Peter and Mary Jane Miller Scheck have been married for 33 years and are still living at their home place on Cherry Hill, a small farm in Richland Twp., just outside of St. Clairsville.  (Photo)  George Peter is still blacksmithing as best he can with the hardships he suffered in the Civil War taking a toll on his health. His right shoulder had been kicked by a horse some years before and he endured the pain of rheumatism, that he felt over most of his body.
     It is noted on the 1900 census that he, his wife and his three adult daughters, all still living at home, could read, write and, of course, speak English. Lucy Luella was 32 years, Mary Ross was 26 years and Mattie Zilla was 24 years. The girls were all single and employed as dressmakers. We don’t know if they worked for someone or if they worked for themselves. Also listed as living with the family is Lucy A. Miller, Mary Jane’s younger sister. Lucy A. was born September, 1847 and was 52 years old. No occupation was listed for her. She had been born in Ohio as were both of her parents.
     The William James Scheck family was still living in the cabin and it had to have been quite crowded in June, 1900. All of their seven children were there ranging in age from 3 years to 16 years old. William was working as a coalminer and his three older sons were working their grandfather’s (George Peter) small farm.  (Photo)  Addie, William and Delphia were in school. Both parents and all of their children except for the three youngest ones could read, write and speak English.
     My grandmother, Mattie Luella, would tell me about playing around in the woods where their small house was located. She talked of how she would make play dishes out of acorn tops and make dolls out of cornhusks and rags. She remembered having happy times playing in the woods. And she remembered helping her mother a lot with the baking, cleaning, laundry and cooking. She was the youngest so by the time she was growing up her mother was getting older and depended much on Mattie.  (Photo)  Her mother also taught Mattie and her two sisters how to make quilts and several of Emily Sophia’s lovely quilts survive today.
     Mary Jane Miller Scheck died in 1907. She was 65 years old. She was buried in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio. Sometime prior to 1908, George and Mary Jane’s daughter, Mattie Zilla, married Harry Cunningham. It is not known if Harry was, in any way, related to George Peter’s first wife’s family. Harry died in 1908 at age 30 years and was buried close to the grave of his mother-in-law, Mary Jane, in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville. His cause of death is yet unknown. Mattie Zilla and Harry had no children during their brief marriage.
     In 1908 Mary Ross Scheck, also known as Mamie, married David Oscar Gershon. David was born in Ohio in 1881, as were his parents. David and Mary had no children during their 22-year marriage, which ended with Mary Ross’ death on January 28, 1930.
     Sometime in the fall of 1909, George Peter moved with his daughters and son-in-law, David and Mary Gershon, Ella Scheck  (Photo)  and Zilla Cunningham, to Riverside, Riverside County, California. The sisters also took with them their maiden aunt, Lucy A. Miller. They lived at 1261 Locust Street in the town of Riverside. The 1910 census shows David Gershon as the head of household, his wife, Mary Ross, his sister-in-law, Zilla Cunningham and his father-in-law, George Schick living at the Locust Street address. Ella and Aunt Lucy have not been located in the 1910 census yet. They may have lived elsewhere in the Riverside community.  (Document) 
     We can only guess why the sisters wanted to move to California. The town of Riverside was very small and mostly desert at that time in history. Maybe they just got tired of the cold Ohio winters and wanted to go someplace warm. Ella remarked to my Grandmother how she really liked the warm, dry weather. Maybe David’s job led them all out there. He worked as an “express man” for the Salt Lake Transfer Company. Of course, where the girls went, George Peter and Aunt Lucy were taken too. It has been reported, however, that George Peter retained his primary residency in St. Clairsville. But, when the girls, grandpa and auntie moved away, William, Sophia and their children took over the larger house. Land records remain to be searched on when and how that actually happened.
     On March 30, 1912, George Peter Schick, age 76 years, 8 months and 5 days, an immigrant from Germany at age 16, a five year veteran of the Civil War, a lifetime spent as a blacksmith, and the father of six children, died in Riverside, Riverside County, California.  (Document)  His heart could take no more. The girls took their father back home to St. Clairsville and laid him to rest beside their mother, Mary Jane, in Union Cemetery, Belmont County, Ohio.  (Photo)  On his death certificate the name of his father and the name of his mother were listed as “unknown”. Zilla Cunningham was the informant. The girls did not even know their own grandparents’ names. If William James knew, the information didn’t survive him.
     On December 19, 1923, Zilla Cunningham succumbed to “intestinal tuberculosis” and “Bright’s disease” in Riverside, California. She was 48 1/2 years old. Zilla was also taken back to St. Clairsville and buried beside her husband, Harry Cunningham, in Union Cemetery, Belmont County, Ohio.
     The Riverside Daily Press, on January 30, 1930, printed this obituary:

“GERSHON - In Riverside, Calif., January 28, 1930. Mary Scheck Gershon, aged 56 years, beloved wife of David O. Gershon of 1261 Locust Street, Riverside, Calif., and sister of Miss Ellen (Ella) Scheck of Riverside, Calif., and niece of Lucy Miller of Riverside, Calif. Services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the M. H. Simons & Co. chapel. Rev. Paul Prichard and Rev. W. W. Gordon officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Woman’s Relief Corps will have charge of the service at the cemetery.”

     Mary Ross Scheck Gershon died of myocarditis and bronchitis. She was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Riverside, California. The Woman’s Relief Corp, an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, is a patriotic organization whose express purpose is to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic. No doubt that Mary was involved with this organization as a direct result of her father belonging to the G.A.R.
     Three weeks later this notice appeared in the St. Clairsville paper:

“St. Clairsville Ex-Resident Is Dead on Coast

Dies Three Weeks after Niece, Also Former Resident, Claimed

     Word was received yesterday by local relatives of the death of Miss Lucy Miller last week following a brief illness of pneumonia in her home in Riverside, Cal. Miss Miller passed away three weeks to the day (February 18, 1930) from that on which her niece, Mrs. Mamie Scheck Gershon died.
     The deceased was the daughter of the late Mrs. Martha Miller of this place and was born on a farm north of St. Clairsville. She spent her entire life in St. Clairsville until a few years ago when she moved with her nieces, Mrs. Mamie Gershon and Miss Ella Scheck to California. Interment was made in the Riverside, California cemetery.”

     Miss Lucy A. Miller was actually buried at the Evergreen Cemetery, Riverside, California not far from Mary (Mamie) Gershon’s burial place.
     David Gershon re-married after the death of Mary Ross and died April 15, 1953. However, he was laid to rest beside Mary at the Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside, Riverside County, California.
     After the death of her father, both of her sisters and maiden aunt, Ella (Lucy Luella) moved to Los Angeles and worked as a domestic servant in a private home until she had a stroke on July 24, 1941. She  (Photo)  then stayed at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital located on the corner of Paramount Blvd. and Cheyenne Avenue, a rest home in Hondo, California, until her death on July 11, 1954. Lucy Luella Scheck was 86 years old. “Ella Scheck”, as it is spelled out on her headstone, was buried at Englewood Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.
     Back in Ohio, George Peter’s only known grandchildren, were growing up, getting married and making William James and Emily Sophia grandparents.  (Photo)  William James died April 10, 1925 at the Scheck Homestead on Cherry Hill, Richland Twp., Belmont County, Ohio. He was 65 years, 10 months and 12 days old. Emily Sophia died July 6, 1936 in the home of her daughter, Addie Masters in Cadiz, Ohio, who was caring for her. Emily Sophia was 78 years, 4 months and 27 days old. She and her husband, William James Scheck are buried in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Richland Twp, Belmont Co., Ohio.
     Melton Sherwood, their oldest son, married Bessie unknown and had one daughter. Sherwood died June 27, 1955 and Bessie died March 6, 1962. They are buried in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
     Charles Peter was kicked in the head by a horse when still a teen and died of his injuries. Ellen Adeline married William Masters but had no children. Ellen Adeline (Addie) died in July, 1955 at her home in Cadiz, Ohio and was buried in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio. William married Myrtle Shores in Belmont County, Ohio but later moved to Butler, Pennsylvania. He and Myrtle had four children. William died in 1959.
     Delphia Corene married Walter Bond and they had one daughter. Walter, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler Bond, died December 27, 1917. Delphia died in 1974. They are both buried in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio.
     Laben Scheck married Goldie Mae Wiltrout, daughter of Nelson and Hannah Grim Wiltrout of Scottsdale, Westmoreland County, Pa. Goldie was born December 15, 1889. Laben and Goldie moved to Rochester, Pa. and had four children. Laben died in 1955 after falling off a roof he was working on.
     Mattie Luella married Harry Henry Charlton in Wheeling, WV on December 27, 1915.  (Photo)  Mattie had just had her 19th birthday and Harry had just turned 29. Harry was the son of Mathew and Mary Jane Kirtley Charlton. Mathew and Mary Jane came to America from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England in 1878. Harry Henry, the youngest of seven children, was born in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV on November 27, 1886. Harry, with his family, moved to Belmont County, Ohio before 1900. This is where Harry met Mattie.
     After their marriage, Mattie and Harry lived in Barton, Colerain Twp., Belmont County, Ohio. Harry was a coal miner. In Barton, Harry played the coronet in the Barton Concert Band with his older brother, Joe.  (Photo)  The Charlton boys also played on the baseball team and Harry and Mattie enjoyed going to square dances. They had one daughter who was born at the old Scheck Homestead on Cherry Hill, Richland Twp., Belmont County on May 30, 1926. She is still living.
     Harry worked in the coal mines for 30 years and then switched to working as a farm hand. He and Mattie also owned several businesses in their life times, one being the Charlton Service Station located in Laceyville, Stock Township, Harrison County, Ohio in 1943.  (Photo)  The building was formerly known as the Laceyville Tavern, quite a popular travel destination in the latter part of the 19th century for the well to do people living in Cadiz and the surrounding area.
     Harry and Mattie also lived in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County and New Philadelphia, Dennison and Leesville, Carroll County, Ohio. Eventually they moved to Columbus, Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio in 1956 to be close to their only daughter and her family. Their daughter and her husband had eight children. I am one of those eight.
     Harry Henry Charlton died on November 1, 1979 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, the last surviving child in his family. He was 26 days short of his 93rd birthday. Mattie Luella died January 1, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio, the last surviving child in her family. She was 90 years old. Harry and Mattie were married for 63 years. They are both buried in Leesville Cemetery, Leesville, Carroll County, Ohio. They were the best grandparents in the world and I miss them dearly.  (Photo) 


PENSION FILE OF GEORGE PETER SCHECK

Submitted by Sharen Bowers.


SOLDIER’S APPLICATION
Act of June 27, 1890
DECLARATION FOR INVALID PENSION.
State of Ohio, County of Belmont

     On this 14th day of July, AD one thousand eight hundred and ninety personally appeared before me, Deputy Clerk of the Probate Court, a court of record of the town of St. Clairsville, county of Belmont, State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical George Schick, who was enrolled on the 8th day of September, 1861 in Co. N. transferred to M. 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav. Vols. as Blacksmith in the war of the rebellion, and served at least ninety days and was honorably discharged at Appomattox C.H. Va. on the eighth day of April 1865. That he is unable to earn a support by reason of a mechanical injury to his right arm. That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits, and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent. That he has never applied for pension. That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension rolls of the United States under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890.
     He hereby appoints J. F. Charlesworth, of St. Clairsville, State of Ohio, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That his post-office address is St. Clairsville, county of Belmont, State of Ohio.

Claimant’s signature George Schick
Attest: (signed) Wilson S. Kennon (has known claimant 30 years)
             (signed) George Linn (has known claimant 4 years)
Dated July 15, 1890
Signed James F. Tallman, Deputy Clerk Probate Court


Affidavit of DR. SAMUEL L. WEST

State of Ohio
County of Belmont

     Dr. Samuel West, aged 30 years, of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, and State of Ohio, whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me first duly sworn according to law, does depose and say: that he is well acquainted with George Schick of St. Clairsville, Ohio, late a blacksmith in Co. “M” 1st Regt. W. Va. Cav. Vols., that he as a “permanent physical inability, which is not due to his vicious habits,” as he has none, which affects him as follows: A mechanical injury of his right elbow, causing weakness and partial loss of the use of his said arm, especially in shoeing horses and other similar labor; and he further says that his knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following source, to-wit: Examination of the arm, observation and knowledge as a surgeon and doctor and that he has no interest nor concerned in the prosecution of claim No.__(blank)____for a disability pension for said George Schick.

Signed: S. L. West

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this July 14th, A.D. 1890, and I hereby certify that I have no interest nor concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and that I read the foregoing to the deponent, and that he subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents.

Signed: James F. Tallman, Dept. Clerk Probate Court


CLAIM NO. 830,742
George Schick, Blacksmith
Co. M-N 1st W. Va. Cav. Vols.

Residence, St. Clairsville, Ohio
(In reply to call No. 3)

Filed by James F. Charlesworth, Att’y
St. Clairsville, Ohio

The State of Ohio, Belmont County, SS:

     George Schick, aged 56 years, of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, and State of Ohio, whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me first duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, in answer to Call No. 3 Form (3-077), that he has not been in the Military or Naval service since April 8th, A.D. 1865; that on said date he was honorably discharged from Co. M-transfer from N- 1st Reg’t of W. Va. Cav. Vols. and has not been able to do duty since; and he further says that his knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following source, viz: Personal recollection and the Record of his said Services. And that he has interest and concern in the prosecution of Pension claim No. 830742.
Signed: George Schick

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23rd day of February A.D. 1891, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, nor concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and that I read the foregoing to the deponent, and that he subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents.

signed: James F. Tallman
Probate Judge


SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE
In case of George Schick
Co. N, 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Applicant for original
No. 830,742
Date of Examination: March 4, 1891

Name and rank of claimant George Schick
Rank, Private
Company N, 1 Reg’t W. Va. Cav. Post Office Bellaire, Ohio
Claimant’s post office address St. Clairsville, Ohio
Date of examination March 4, 1891

     We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz: Injury to right arm and results. Act 6-27-90. and that he receives a pension of ----------(none)-----dollars per month.
     He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for original.

     “Hurt my arm 1 1/2 years ago. Kicked by horse. Am horse shoer and now can’t follow my trade. Have had rheumatism for 10 years due to hardships in service. In right arm and shoulder and at times in back.”
     Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 76; respiration, 18; temperature, 98 1/2; height, 5 feet 10 inches; weight, 153 pounds; age 56 years. Body poorly nourished. Skin normal. We find some thickening of the inner condyle of right elbow probably due to injury. Some stiffness, motions slow and 1/4 limited. Meas: right wrist 7 1/4- elbow 11- middle arm 10 1/4- left 7 3/8, 10,10. May cause pain and interferes in his work. No enlargement, atrophy; or contraction of any other joints, muscles or tendons. The injury to arm may cause rheumatic pains in same. No other rheumatism. Heart normal. No indications of vicious habits. No other disability is found to exist.
     He is, in our opinion, entitled to a 6/18 rating for the disability caused by injury to right arm and results.

G. S. Willons, Pres. J. P. West, Sec’y W. Estep, Treas.


Act of June 27, 1890
INVALID PENSION
Claimant, George Schick
P.O., St. Clairsville County, Belmont
State, Ohio
Rank, Blacksmith
Regiment, 1. W. Va. Vol. Cavy. Company, M & N
Rate, $6 per month, commencing August 1, 1890

Disabled by Injury of right arm

RECOGNIZED ATTORNEY
Name, J. F. Charlesworth Fee, $10.00. Agent to pay.
P.O. St. Clairsville, Ohio

APPROVALS
Submitted for Admin., April 17, 1891
Alex A. Russell, Examiner

Approved for Adm.
Randall, Legal Reviewer May 4, 1891

Approved for Injury to right arm $6.00.
No other disability shown in a pensionable degree.
Thomas D. Ingram, Medical Referee May 13, 1891

SERVICE SHOWN BY RECORD
Enlisted August 30, 1861 and honorably discharged July 8, 1865.
Declaration filed August 1, 1890 alleges permanent disability, not due to vicious habits, from mechanical injury to right arm.


DECLARATION FOR THE INCREASE OF AN INVALID PENSION
State of Ohio, County of Belmont, ss:

     On this 28th day of December A.D. 1891 personally appeared before me, George Schick aged 57 years, a resident of St. Clairsville, county of Belmont, state of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Columbus, Ohio, pension agency (Certificate No. 582,432) at the rate of six dollars per month, by reason of disability from an “injury of right arm” incurred in the military service of the United States while in Co. M & N 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cavalry Volunteers. That he believes himself entitled to an increase of pension on account of his present physical condition being greater than when last examined; that his disability has resulted in: “a greater disability of his arm and general rheumatism.”

     That he appoints J. F. Charlesworth, of St. Clairsville, county of Belmont, state of Ohio his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim. That his post office address is St. Clairsville, county of Belmont, state of Ohio.

Signed: George Schick, Claimant
Two witnesses, attest:
1. M. M. Scott
2. A. A. Clark

     Also personally appeared M. M. Scott, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio, and A. A. Clark, residing at same place, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw George Schick, the claimant, sign his name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

signed: 1. M. M. Scott
2. A. A. Clark

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 28th day of December A.D. 1891, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were fully made known and explained to applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words “re-rating clause”, erased, and the words “W. Va. Cavalry”, added, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Signed: Henry M. Davis
Clerk of Courts Belmont Co. Ohio


SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE
In case of George Schick
Co. N, 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Applicant for Increase
No. 582432
Date of Examination: May 24, 1893

Name and rank of claimant George Schick
Rank, Blacksmith
Company N, 1 Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Post Office Bellaire, Ohio
Claimant’s post office address St. Clairsville, Ohio
Date of examination May 24, 1893

     We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz: “Injury to right arm and general rheumatism. Act June 27, 1890” and that he receives a pension of “six” dollars per month.

     He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for “Increase”.
     “About 15 years ago my shoulder (right) was injured by a horse and was kicked by a horse about 3 years ago on right elbow causing weakness and mobility to follow by trade, blacksmith. Had rheumatism for 15 or 20 years, changes about from place to place. Sometimes in back, limbs, shoulders and breast. Which disables me from manual labor.”

     Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, “78”; respiration, “18”; temperature, “98 1/2”; height, “5 feet 10 inches”; weight, “155 pounds”; age, “58 years.”

     “Body poorly nourished. Skin pale and dry. His general appearance indicates weakening of the vital forces. Moves slowly. An apparent loss of energy. We find some thickening of inner condyle of right elbow. Motion impaired 1/4 = meas= right wrist 7 inches below elbow 11 1/8 around middle of arm 10 inches. Corresponding left arm 7 1/4, 10, 9 1/2 inches. We find no cicatrix on shoulder. No marks of injury. In right shoulder there is moderate crepitation and apparently weakened motion 1/3 impaired. Shoulder and arm slightly atrophied. Rating for shoulder and arm, six eighteenths. We find no enlargement or contraction of any joints, muscles or tendons. There is a general stiffness of muscles and joints. Well marked crepitation in shoulders and hip and knees. Motion 1/3 impaired: Which is due to muscular rheumatism. Hearts actions quick and irritable. Sounds normal. No enlargement or atrophy. No cyanosis, aedema, dyspnea. Rating six eighteenths.”

     He is, in our opinion, entitled to a 6/18 rating for the disability caused by “injury shoulder and arm. 6/18” for that caused by “rheumatism.” “No indication of vicious habits. No other disabilities found to exist.”

G. S. Willons, Pres. J. P. West, Sec’y W. Estep, Treas.


Affidavit of AMOS McBRIDE

State of Ohio
County of Belmont

     In the claim of GEORGE SCHICK, late of Co. M, 1st Regt. W.Va. Cavalry Volunteers, Certificate No. 582432.
     On this 18th day of August, AD, 1893 before me a Probate Judge, in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, personally appeared AMOS McBRIDE aged 38 years, a resident of St. Clairsville, in the County of Belmont and the State of Ohio, whose Post Office address is St. Clairsville, Ohio, well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
     That he has worked in the same Blacksmith Shop, here, with applicant, off and on, for about twenty years and have seen him and talked to him nearly every day for over 20 years and know him well and I am well satisfied that his Rheumatism was not caused by his vicious habits, if he has any. The above testimony was all type written by James F. Charlesworth in my presence and from my oral statements to him then made, on the day last aforesaid and that I was not prompted by an oral, printed or written statements of any other person.
     He further declares that he has no interest in said claim and is not concerned in its prosecution.

Signature of AMOS McBRIDE
August 18, 1893

Signature of James F. Tallman
Probate Judge for said County


Affidavit of ISAAC DAVIS

State of Ohio
County of Belmont

     In the Claim of George Schick, late of Co. M, 1st Regt., W. Va. Cavalry Volunteers, Certificate No. 582432.
     On this 19th day of August, AD 1893 before me a Probate Judge, in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, personally appeared ISAAC DAVIS, aged (blank) years, a resident of St. Clairsville, in the County of Belmont and the State of Ohio, whose Post Office address is St. Clairsville, Ohio, well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
     That he is well acquainted with said George Schick, and has been for more than fifteen years last past. That some 13 or 14 years ago he had a crutch made at our Wagon-maker Shop to use, as he was then lame with Rheumatism. Afterwards, as it was worn off by his use of it, I put on a splice to make it longer and from my knowledge of him I do not believe his rheumatism was caused by any vicious habits, if he had any. The above testimony was all type written by James F. Charlesworth from my oral statements, made to him some days before this time and are correctly written as I then stated them to him, that I was not prompted by any oral, written or printed statements of any other person.
     He further declares that he has no interest in said claim and is not concerned in its prosecution.

Signature of ISAAC DAVIS
August 19, 1893

Signature of James F. Tallman
Probate Judge


Physician’s Affidavit

State of Ohio
County of Belmont

     In the Pension Claim of George Schick late Pr. (Blacksmith) of Co. M., late 1st Reg’t W. Va. Vols., Cert. No. 582,432 personally came before me, a Probate Judge, in and for the county and state aforesaid, Doctor Samuel L. West whose residence and post office address is St. Clairsville, Ohio well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:
     That he is a practicing physician and has been acquainted with said soldier about twenty years and that said Schick is now and was, from December 31, 1891 to May 24th 1893, afflicted, permanently, with rheumatism in his lower limbs to such an extent that he is, at least, three fourths disabled from the performance of manual labor by reason thereof: I see him nearly every day, know him well and have had opportunities to know his condition.
     That the above testimony was all type written by J. F. Charlesworth from my oral statements made to him on Aug. 19, 1893 and that I was not prompted by any oral, printed or written statements of any other person.
     He further declares that he has been a practitioner of medicine ten years, and that he has no interest, either direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
Signed Samuel L. West

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of August, A.D. 1893 and I hereby certify that the affiant is a practicing physician in good professional standing; that the contents were fully made known to him before swearing, including the words __(blank)__ erased, and the words ____(blank)___ added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Signed James F. Tallman, Probate Judge


The State of Ohio, Belmont County, SS:

     George Schick, aged 59 years, of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, and State of Ohio, whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me first duly sworn according to law, does depose and say, “in answer to paragraph 1, call 3-474a of August 2, 1893, that he first noticed that he had rheumatism in about A.D. 1877, and for some two years thereafter he was compelled to use a crutch and a cane to go about at all and which lameness continued for several years until it changed to other parts of my body, he is now better and does not use the crutch: He further swears that his said disability is permanent and disables him from performing manual labor, and it is not due to any vicious habits: He is a member, in good standing, in the United Presbyterian Church, of this place and believes that he has no vicious habits.”

     The foregoing statement was type written by J. F. Charlesworth, from my oral statements and that I was not prompted by any oral, written or printed statements of any other persons:

     and he further says that his knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following source, viz: “Personal experience and recollection” and that he has interest in the prosecution of No. 582,432 for an increase of his pension.

Signed: George Schick

Washington, D.C., February 5th, 1894Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of August A.D. 1893 and I hereby certify that I have no interest nor concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and that I read the foregoing to the deponent and that he subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents

signed: James F. Tallman
Probate Judge


BUREAU OF PENSIONS
Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C., February 5th, 1894
Cert. No. 582,432
Present rate, $6.00
Name, George Schick
Co. M & N 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav.

Sir:
     You are informed that the medical evidence on file in your case does not show that you are suffering from a mental or physical disability which incapacitates you from the performance of manual labor in such a degree as to render you unable to earn a support, so as to entitle you to “1” rating under the act of June 27, 1890.

     Thirty days (the period fixed by the act of December 21, 1893) will be given you from the mailing hereof in which to file any evidence that you may wish to file to show the extent to which you are incapacitated from manual labor.

     Your case will thereupon be reconsidered, and if the testimony filed warrants such action, your present rate will be allowed to remain unchanged. If, however, such evidence shall not be satisfactory or shall not have been furnished, the action of “dropping” above indicated will be taken without further notice at the expiration of the period above stated.

     This letter should be returned with your reply, and the envelope inclosing the same and all testimony filed in response hereto should be addressed to the Commissioner of Pensions, and marked in the lower left-hand corner, “Board of Revision.”

Very respectfully,
William Lochorn
Commissioner.

Mr. George Schick
St. Clairsville,
Belmont Co., Ohio


PROOF OF DISABILITY
Executed February 23, 1894
THE STATE OF OHIO, BELMONT COUNTY, SS:
     Dr. Samuel L. West, aged 34 years, of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, and State of Ohio, whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me first duly sworn according to law, does depose and say:

     that he is well acquainted with George Schick late a Pr.-Blacksmith in Cos. M & N 1st Reg’t, W. Va. Cav. Vols.; that he has “a permanent physical inability, which is not due to his vicious habits,” as he has none, which affects him as follows:

     “Chronic Muscular and Articular Rheumatism, which disables him from performing manual labor at least three-fourths of total; affects his limbs and back, etc.,” and he further says that his knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following source, to wit: “knowledge as a Physician and personal attention to him as my patient” and that he has no interest nor concerned in the prosecution of claim No. 582432 for a disability pension for said Scheck.

     The above testimony was typewritten by J. F. Charlesworth in my presence and from my oral statements to him then made on Feb. 23d 1894, and that I was not prompted by any oral, printed or written statements of any other person.

signed: Samuel L. West

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this February 23d A.D. 1894 and I hereby certify that I have no interest nor concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and that I read the foregoing to the deponent, and that he subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents.

signed: Henry M. Davis
Clerk of Courts, Belmont Co., Ohio


SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE
In case of George Schick
Co. M & N, 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Applicant for Revision No. 582432
Date of Examination: October 10, 1894
Name and rank of claimant George Schick
Rank, Blacksmith
Company M & N, 1 Reg’t W. Va. Cav. Post Office Bellaire, Ohio
Claimant’s post office address St. Clairsville, Ohio
Date of examination October 10, 1894

     We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz: Inj. of right arm and rheumatism and that he receives a pension of 6.00 dollars per month.
     He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for “Revision.” “My arm and shoulder was hurt by a horse and I have the rheumatism all over me.”
     Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 80; respiration, 19; temperature, 98 3/5; height, 5 feet and 8 3/4 inches; weight, 155 pounds; age, 59 years. Skin sallow, body not well nourished. General nutrition bad. By trade, a blacksmith, has by personal knowledge of this ward, he is only able to work at times. We find near around middle of right arm 10 1/2, right elbow 10 1/2, forearm 8 1/2, around palm of hand 8 7/8 inches. Comsp. left 10,10, 8 3/4 and 9 1/8 inches. We find a small cicatrix 1/2 inch diam. near inner condyle of right elbow not depressed nor adherent; there is evident thickening of inner condyle of right elbow, with crepitation on motion and motion 1/3 limited. There is marked crepitation in both shoulder joints with motion of each limited 1/3, also marked crepitation of left wrist joint with motion limited 1/2. Left forearm and hand slightly swollen today due, we believe, to rheumatism. Other joints, muscles and tendons normal. Cicatrix on right elbow due to injury. Exact weight, height and age given above. Apex impulse heard over 7” rib on line of nipple. First sound strong and forcible, second, weakened and short. No murmurs, area of dullness below to 7” rib, to left on line of nipple, to right and above normal, some dyspnea, no cyanosis nor aedema. We know his habits to be good. No other dis. found. Hands indicate some labor, muscular development not good, muscles soft and flabby. We think him almost entirely unable to gain a support by manual labor.
E. N. Riggs, Pres.     R. J. Alexander, Sec’y.     A. H. Kooner, Treas.


FINAL MEDICAL ACTION after Legal Notice and Hearing.

Claimant, George Schick     Rank, Blacksmith
Company Cos. M & N
Regiment 1 W. Va. Vol. Cav.

     Upon all the evidence now filed in the case the medical action taken January 18, 1894, should be changed to continuance at $6.

December 15, 1894
Thomas Featherstonbaugh, Medical Referee


Increase Invalid Pension
Claimant, George Schick
P.O. St. Clairsville     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Belmont     Company, M & N
State, Ohio     Regiment, 1 W. Va. Vol. Cav.
Rate, $     “REJECTED”
Recognized Attorney: Name, J. F. Charlesworth Fee $2.00     P.O. St. Clairsville, Ohio
APPROVALS: Submitted for Feb. 15, 1895
E. H. Ripley, Examiner.
Approved for injury to rt. arm $6.00. No Increase. No other ratable disability.
Rheumatism rejected medically. Thomas Featherstonbaugh, Medical Referee
Enlisted Aug. 30, 1861 Honorably discharged July 8, 1865.
$6.00 for injury to right arm.
Original declaration, act June 27, 1890, filed Aug. 1, 1890; alleged mechanical injury to right arm.
PRESENT CLAIM, ACT OF JUNE 27, 1890.
Declaration filed Dec. 31, 1891, alleges injury to right arm and general rheumatism.


Act of June 27, 1890
Declaration of the Increase of an Invalid Pension

State of Ohio, County of Belmont,
     On this 8th day of April, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six, personally appeared before me, the Deputy Clerk of the Probate Court, within in and for the County and State aforesaid, George Schick, aged 61 years, a resident of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Columbus Pension Agency, at the rate of $6. dollars per month, under Certificate No. 582,432, issued under Act of June 27, 1890, by reason of disability from injury to right arm, having been in the Military service of the United States as a Blacksmith Co. M. & N. 1st Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry.
     That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of not being rated proportionately to the degree of his disability for manual labor arising from the above-named causes, namely: rheumatism and disease of stomach, that said disabilities are not due to vicious habits, and are, to the best of his knowledge and belief, permanent.
     He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Frank S. Mason, of Bellaire, Ohio, his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim, the fee to be ten dollars, payable as prescribed by law. That his post office address is St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio.

Signed: George Schick

Witnessed by: Asariah S. Taylor
James B. Ryan

     Also personally appeared Asariah S. Taylor, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio and James B. Ryan, residing at same place, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, depose and say that they were present and saw George Schick the claimant sign his name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; that they have no interest in this claim, and are not concerned in its prosecution.

signed: Asariah S. Taylor
James B. Ryan

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th day of April, A.D. 1896 and I hereby certify that the contents of the foregoing declaration were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before they made oath to the same, that I have in interest, direct or indirect, in this claim and am not concerned in its prosecution.

signed: Ray A. Tallman
Deputy Clerk Probate Court


SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE
In case of George Schick
Co. N, 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Applicant for Increase
No. 582432
Date of Examination: June 10, 1896

Name and rank of claimant George Schick
Rank, Blacksmith
Company M & N, 1 Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Post Office Bellaire, Ohio
Claimant’s post office address St. Clairsville, Ohio
Date of examination June 10, 1896

     We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz: “Inj. to right arm, rheumatism and dis. of stomach” and that he receives a pension of “6.00” dollars per month.

     He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for “inc.”
     “My arm was hurt in the shop. My rheumatism is worse in my neck, hip and hand. My stomach hurts, my bowels do not act, and I am very light headed.”
     Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, “84”; respiration, “19”; temperature, “98 3/5”; height, “5 feet 9 inches”; weight, “147 pounds”; age, “61 years.”
     “Skin sallow, very poorly nourished. Marked crepitation in both shoulders and left wrist and hand. Shoulders stiffened and impaired 1/3 each. Hand and wrist painful on motion and impaired 1/2. Marked rigidity and tenderness of supra. spuious and tropegin muscles of both sides. Crepitation and stiffening, left knee and hip joints, ham-string muscles tense and painful. Motion impaired 1/3. No enlarg., no atrophy of joints = 10/18. Tongue red and fissured. Well defined tenderness over stomach, stomach and abdomen flat, (indigestion & coh. gastritis) = 5/18. ______ depends upon stomach trouble. Spex Imp. 6” interspace below nipple, a soft slowing nuiral systolic murmur at apex, both sound weak. And a dullness ___ downward and upward. Some dyspnea, no cyanosis nor aedema = 4/18.
     Some thickening inner condyle of right tendons, with distinct crepitation and motion. Motions impaired of (right) elbow 1/3 = 6/18.
     We consider him at least 3/4 disabled in performing manual labor and it is known by member of this ward that habits are good. No other dis.

E. N. Riggs, Pres. R. J. Alexander, Sec’y. A. H. Kimes, Treas.


Increase Invalid Pension. Act of June 27, 1890
Claimant, George Schick
P.O. St. Clairsville     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Belmont     Company, M & N
State, Ohio     Regiment, 1 W. Va. Vol. Cav.
Rate, $8.00 per month, commencing June 10, 1896.
Disabled by Inj. to right arm, rheumatism and resulting dis. of heart and dis. of stomach.
RECOGNIZED ATTORNEY: Name, Frank S. Mason     Fee $2.00, Agent to Pay P.O. Bellaire, Ohio
APPROVALS:
Submitted for April 5, 1897     Schermerhorn, Examiner.
Approved for injury of right arm (old) and rheumatism and disease of stomach (new) alleged April 10, 1896.
April 7, 1897, J. H. Wood, Legal Reviewer.
Approved for injury of right arm, rheumatism and resulting disease of heart and disease of stomach $8 from June 10, 1896. Collins April 30, 1897, J. F. Raub, Medical Referee.
Enlisted Aug. 30, 1861 Honorably discharged July 8, 1865. Last paid to ________, at $6.00, for injury of right arm. No pension under other laws.
Original declaration, act June 27, 1890, filed Aug. 1, 1890; alleged injury to right arm. Dec. 31, 1891, alleged injury to right arm and general rheumatism.
PRESENT CLAIM, ACT OF JUNE 27, 1890.
Declaration filed April 10, 1896, alleges injury to right arm, rheumatism and disease of stomach.


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Pensions
January 15, 1898
Certificate No. 582432
Name, George Schick

Sir:
     In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.

Very respectfully,
Signed: M. Clay Evans, Commissioner
A. V. Rice, U.S. Pension Agent, Columbus, Ohio

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife’s full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes, Mary Jane Miller
Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. January 1st, 1867, St. Clairsville, Ohio. Rev. J. B. Johnson
Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. Marriage Record of Probate Court of Belmont County, Ohio
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. Yes. Sarah Jane 1862 (died.) (this is incorrect. Her full name was Sarah Ann Cunningham.)
Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. William Schick born May 28, 1859 (middle name was James.)
     George Schick born December 7, 1860 (error - 27th on birth certificate.)
     Ella Schick born December 17, 1867 (First and middle name was actually Lucy Luella.)
     Mary R. Schick born October 14, 1872 (middle name was Ross.)
     Zilla M. Schick born May 21, 1875 (middle name was Mattie.)

(Document was not dated or signed.)


Act of June 27, 1890
Declaration for Increase or Additional Invalid Pension.
State of Ohio, County of Belmont, ss:
     On this 25th day of June A.D. 1898, personally appeared before me, a Deputy Clerk of the Probate Court, within and for the County and State aforesaid, George Schick, aged 62 years, a resident of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont and State of Ohio, who, being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Columbus, O. Pension Agency at the rate of eight dollars per month under Certificate No. 582432, by reason of disability from partial inability to earn a support by manual labor. That his _____ service was as follows: Co. M 1st Regt. Mounted Volunteers.
     That he believes himself entitled to an increase of pension on account of increased inability to earn a support by manual labor arising from the disabilities for which already pensioned.
     That he also claims an increase of pension on account of the following additional disabilities: Deafness of both ears, partial loss of use of left arm.
     That these additional disabilities have developed since the date of his last examination by a board of examining surgeons, or were not considered by said board, or in said rating, and are not due to vicious habits and are permanent in character.
     That he makes this declaration for the purpose of having his pension rate increased to an amount commensurate with the existing degree of his inability to earn a support by manual labor.
     That he hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, John S. Smith of East Richland, Ohio his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim.
     His Post Office address is St. Clairsville, Ohio. Claimant’s signature: George Schick
Witnesses: Charles B. Ryan     Isaac H. Gaston

     Also personally appeared Charles B. Ryan, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio and Isaac H. Gaston, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw George Schick, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the aforegoing; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant, and their acquaintance with him for 15 years and 10 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Signed: Charles B. Ryan     Isaac H. Gaston

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25th day of June, A.D. 1898; and I hereby certify that the contents of the foregoing declaration were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before they made oath to the same; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
     Raymond A. Tallman, Deputy Clerk Probate Court


Increase Invalid Pension
Act of June 27, 1890
Claimant, George Schick
P.O. St. Clairsville     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Belmont     Companies, M & N
State, Ohio     Regiment, 1 W. Va. Vol. Cav.
Rate, $     “REJECTED April 9, 1900 J. H.”
Recognized Attorney: Name, John S. Smith Fee $2.00     P.O. East Richland, Ohio
APPROVALS: Submitted for Admission Feby. 14, 1900
S. W. Pegres, Examiner.
Approved for injury to rt. arm, rheumatism and resulting disease of heart and disease of stomach old and deafness of both ears and partial loss of use of left arm. Alleged June 28, 1898.
Mch. 5, 1900 D. M. Watt, Legal Reviewer.
Approved for injury to right arm, rheumatism and resulting disease of heart and disease of stomach. $8.00. No increase. No other disability affecting rate.
Mch. 22, 1900 J. F. Raub, Medical Referee
Enlisted Aug. 30, 1861 Honorably discharged July 8, 1865. Last paid $8.00 for injury to right arm, rheumatism and resulting disease of heart and disease of stomach.
PRESENT CLAIM, ACT OF JUNE 27, 1890.
Declaration filed June 28, 1898, alleges pensioned cause and deafness of both ears and partial loss of use of left arm.


DECLARATION FOR THE INCREASE OF AN INVALID PENSION
State of Ohio, County of Belmont, ss:
     On this 14th day of July, A.D. one thousand and nine hundred, personally appeared before me Raymond A. Tallman, a Deputy Clerk of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid George Schick, aged 65 years, a resident of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, duly enrolled at the Columbus, Ohio Pension Agency, at the rate of eight-$8.00- dollars per month, by certificate No. 582432, for disability due to partial mobility to earn a support by manual labor incurred in the service of the United States while serving as a private Co. M and N 1st W. Va. Cav. and he believes himself entitled to an increase of pension upon the ground that his present rating is incommensurate with the degree of incapacity resultant from the disabilities named in his Pension Certificate, and that there has been a material increase of disability since his last medical examination by U.S. Examining Surgeons Bellaire, Belmont Co., Ohio
     He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation John S. Smith, of East Richland, Ohio, his true and lawful Attorney to prosecute his claim; and in consideration of that his Post office address is St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Claimant’s signature: George Schick
     Also personally appeared Wilson Mitchell, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Harry Taylor, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw George Schick, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Signatures of witnesses to identity of applicant: Wilson J. Mitchell     Harry Taylor
     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14th day of July A.D. 1900, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses, before swearing and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Signed: Raymond A. Tallman Deputy Clerk Probate Court


SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE
In case of George Schick
Co. M, 1st Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Applicant for Increase No. 582432
Date of Examination: February 19, 1901
Name and rank of claimant George Schick     Rank, Blacksmith Company M, 1 Reg’t W. Va. Cav.
Claimant’s post office address St. Clairsville, Ohio
Address of Board: Wheeling P.O., State West Virginia.
Cause of disability. Inj. R. arm, rheumatism, dis. of heart, stomach, deafness and partial loss of use of left arm. He receives a pension of eight dollars per month.
     He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for “increase.”
“Inj. R. arm, rheumatism, deafness, stomach trouble and heart disease. Partial loss of use of left arm.”
     We hereby certify that upon examination we find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 82-86- (sitting, standing, after exercise) Could not exercise; respiration, 24-24-, temperature, 98.2; height, 5 feet 9 inches; actual weight, 148 pounds; age 67 years. Inj. r. arm. No objective evidence. No rating. Rheumatism, R. and L. shoulders stiff and tender. 1/2 limit of motion in each. Lumbar muscles stiff and tender. 1/2 limit of motion on acct. of pain. No other objective evidence. No atrophy of muscles, contract of tendons or diff. in comp. areas. R. 10/18. No other evidence.
     Heart apex 6” space, not plain to ins. or palp. dullness 4” rib to apex to xphord, to 4” rib irreg. rhythm, systolic murmur of nutral valve, hypertrophy and dilatation of left ventricle, cyanosis and dyspnea. No aedema. Rating 15/18.
     Dig. organs. Tongue fissured, coated and flabby, molar teeth absent, anemia. No other objective evidence. Rating 10/18.
     Hearing. Slight deafness of r. slight of L. ear. Could not hear ordinary, at 6 ft., but could hear loud at 3 ft. Each ear tested separately. The other occluded. Rating 6/30.
     Partial loss of use of left arm. No evidence except weakness from rheumatism rated above. No other disabilities found. We find the aggregate prevailing dis. for earning a support by manual labor is due to heart disease, not due to vicious habits and warrants a rating of $10 per month. (Omission). Callous. Large callous 7/8 in. in diam., and inflamed on bottom of great toe of left foot. Interferes with walking. R. 8/18.
     “I hereby certify that Dr. H. B. Bagaley, Dr. W. C. Etzles, and Dr. D. B. Best, were personally present and actually participated in the examination of George Schick, the claimant in this case, on 19 day of February, 1901.” Signature: W. C. Etzles


Increase Invalid Pension
Act of June 27, 1890
Claimant, George Schick
P.O. St. Clairsville     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Belmont     Companies, M & N
State, Ohio     Regiment, 1 W. Va. Vol. Cav.
Rate, $10.00 per month, commencing February 19, 1901.
Pensioned for partial inability to earn a support by manual labor.
Recognized Attorney: Name, John S. Smith Fee $2.00     P.O. East Richland, Ohio
APPROVALS: Submitted for Oct. 9, 1901 E. D. Gallion, Examiner.
Approved for injury of right arm, rheumatism and resulting disease of heart and disease of stomach (old).
Oct. 25, 1901 John W. Hall, Legal Reviewer.
Approved for injury of right arm, rheumatism and resulting disease of heart, disease of stomach and senility. Aggregate of disabilities shown, permanent in character: $10 from February 19, 1901. Warman, Medical Examiner. J. Lorres, Medical Reviewer.
Enlisted Aug. 30, 1861; honorably discharged July 8, 1865. Pensioned at $8.00 per month.
PRESENT CLAIM, ACT OF JUNE 27, 1890.
Declaration filed July 17, 1900, alleges increase of pensioned disabilities.


DECLARATION FOR THE RE-RATING OF AN INVALID PENSION.
UNDER ANY LAW.
State of Ohio, County of Belmont, SS:

     On the date hereinafter mentioned, personally appeared before me, a Probate Judge within and for the County and State aforesaid George Schick, aged 70 years, a resident of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, under Act of June 27, 1890, enrolled at the Columbus, Ohio Pension Agency at the rate of Ten dollars per month, Certificate No. 582432, by reason of “Partial inability to earn a support by manual labor.”
That he served as a “Blacksmith in Cos. M and N, 1st Reg’t West Va. Vol. Cavalry.”
     That he believes himself to be entitled to a re-rating of his pension for the following reasons, to wit: “Having arrived at the age of seventy years, under the order fixing seventy years as “total”, and granting all such the sum of twelve (12) dollars per month pension. He was born on the 25th day of July, 1835. His post office address is St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio.
      Signature of Claimant, George Schick

     Also personally appeared James F. Charlesworth residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio, and Franklin Boston, residing at St. Clairsville, Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw George Schick, the claimant, sign his name to the foregoing declaration; that they have very reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
     Signed: James F. Charlesworth Franklin P. Boston

     Subscribed, sworn to and acknowledged before me this 6th day of September, 1905, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully and truly made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing to the same; and that George Schick acknowledged the signing and sealing to be his free act and deed for the purposes herein named. I further certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
     Signed: John S. Cochran, Probate Judge, St. Clairsville, O.


Act of June 27, 1890
Increase Invalid Pension
Claimant, George Schick
P.O. St. Clairsville     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Belmont     Companies M and N
State Ohio     Regiment 1st W. Va. Vol. Cav.
Rate, $12 per month, commencing September 7, 1905
Pensioned for total inability to earn a support by manual labor
RECOGNIZED ATTORNEY.
None
     (This form was cut off at this point.)


Declaration for Pension
Under the Act of February 6, 1907

State of Ohio, County of Belmont, ss:
     On this 25th day of February A.D. one thousand nine hundred and seven, personally appeared before me, a notary public within and for the county and state aforesaid, George Schick, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 71 years of age, and a resident of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Wheeling, W. Va. under the name of George Schick on the 8th day of September, 1861, as a private in Company M. 1st Regiment of Va. Mounted Volunteers in the service of the United States, in the Civil war, and was Honorably Discharged at New Creek, W. Va., on the 31 day of December, 1863. That he also served from the 23rd day of December, 1863 to the 8th day of July, 1865 as a blacksmith in Co. M. 1st Regiment of West Va. Vet. Cavalry.
     That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, light; color of eyes, black; color of hair, black; that his occupation was blacksmith; that he was born July 25th, 1835 at Prussia.
     That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio.
     That he is a pensioner. That he has heretofore applied for pension No. 582,432.
     That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of Feb. 6, 1907.
     He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, John W. Morrell of Bellaire, Ohio his true and lawful attorney to prosecute this claim. That his Post-Office address is St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio.

Claimant’s signature: George Schick
Attest: 1. Madison M. Scott
2. John K. McFarland

Also personally appeared Madison M. Scott, residing in St. Clairsville, Ohio and John K. McFarland, residing in St. Clairsville, Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw George Scheck the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 20 years and 10 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

signed: Madison M. Scott
John K. McFarland

     Subscribed and sworn to me this 25th day of February, A.D. 1907, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

signed: George Arnold
Notary Public


Reissue Act of February 6, 1907
Claimant, George Schick
P.O., St. Clairsville     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Belmont     Companies M and N
State, Ohio     Regiment, 1 West Va. Vol. Cav’y
Rate, $15 per month, commencing February 27, 1907
APPROVAL.
Submitted for admission Sept. 25, 1907     Fred J. Braendle, Examiner.
Approved for admission age over 70 rate $15 per month. Reissue to allow under the Act of February 6, 1907. Deduct sub payments and drop name from rolls under Act June 27, 1890.
Sept. 27, 1907 W. M. Watters     Sept. 27, 1907 W. T. Fisher

Enlisted August 30, 1861; honorably discharged July 8, 1865. Pensioned at $12 per month, under Act of June 27, 1890.
PRESENT CLAIM, ACT OF FEBRUARY 6, 1907
Declaration filed February 27, 1907
Date of birth alleged, July 25, 1835
Age shown by evidence 71 years.
Claimant does write.
Signed: C. L. Weems, M. C.


REQUESTING ABSTRACT OF EVIDENCE
TREASURY DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF AUDITOR FOR THE WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C. Jan. 4, 1910

Hon. Commissioner of Pensions,
Sir:
     Please transmit an abstract of any evidence on file in your office in the case of George Schick alleged service Co. M. 1st Va. Vol. tending to show the service under which pension was granted.
Claimant, soldier
Post-office address, St. Clairsville, Ohio
No. of pension certificate, 582,432
Respectfully, B. F. Harper, Auditor


January 11, 1910
The Auditor for the War Department.
Sir:-
     In response to your call of the 4th instant, received the 5th, (S.314-435,705), relative to the service of George Schick, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Invalid Certificate Number 582,432, you are advised that a report from the records of the War Department, shows that George Sheck, was enrolled, August 30, 1861, in Company N, 1st Virginia Mounted Infantry, and transferred, November 1, 1861 to Company M, 1st Virginia Mounted Volunteers, and was mustered out, July 8, 1865.
     Company M, 1st Virginia Mounted Cavalry became Company I, 1st West Virginia Cavalry on November 18, 1861, and Company m, 1st Virginia Mounted Volunteers, became Company M, 1st West Virginia Infantry, January or February, 1864.
     George Schick of St. Clairsville, Ohio is now pensioned for service in Companies M and N, 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, under certificate number as above.
Very respectfully, Commissioner.


Declaration for Pension.
Act of February 6, 1907
State of California, County of Riverside, ss:
     On this 26 day of July, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and ten personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, George Schick, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 75 years of age, and a resident of Riverside, County of Riverside, State of California; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Wheeling, W. Va. under the name of George Scheck on the 8th day of September, 1861 as a private, in Co. N. 1st W. Va. Mounted Volunteers in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Kerr Creek, W. Va. on the 31 day of Dec., 1863. That he also served in the same Regt. from Dec. 1863 to July 8, 1865.
     That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet ten inches; complexion, light; color of eyes, hazel; color of hair, black; that his occupation was blacksmith; that he was born July 25th, 1835 in Germany.
     That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: at St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., Ohio 1865 to 1909. Riverside, Cal. since Oct. 1909 until present time.
     That he is a pensioner. That he has heretofore applied for pension, Pension Certificate # 582,432. That he makes this Declaration for the purpose of being placed on the Pension-Roll of the United States, under the provisions of the Act of February 6, 1907.
     His post-office address 1261 Locust St., Riverside, County of Riverside, State of California.
Claimant’s signature: George Schick
Attest: Mary R. Gershon     Zilla Cunningham

Also personally appeared Mary R. Gershon, residing in Riverside, Cal. and Zilla Cunningham residing in Riverside, Cal., persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw George Schick, the claimant, sign his name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 25 years and 20 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Signed: Mary R. Gershon     Zilla Cunningham

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of July, A.D. 1910, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
Harvey Potter, Notary Public in and for the County of Riverside, State of California


Increase ACT OF FEBRUARY 6, 1907
Claimant, George Schick
P.O., 1261 Locust Street     Rank, Blacksmith
County, Riverside     Companies M and N
State, California     Regiment, 1 West Va. Vol. Cav.
Rate, $20 per month, commencing August 1, 1910
APPROVAL.
Submitted for Ad. Aug. 24, 1910 E. M. Brown, Examiner.
Approved for increase, age over 75, rate $20 per month
Aug. 25, 1910, R. E. Redway, Legal Reviewer.     Aug. 25, 1910, T. F. Dennis, Re-Reviewer
Enlisted Aug. 30, 1861; honorably discharged July 8, 1865
Pensioned at $15 per month, under Act Feb. 6, 1907
PRESENT CLAIM, ACT OF FEBRUARY 6, 1907
Declaration filed Aug. 1, 1910
Date of birth alleged, July 25, 1835
Age shown by evidence 75 years.
Claimant does write.
Sylvester C. Smith, M. C.


Increase UNDER ACT OF FEBRUARY 6, 1907
No. 582,432
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
     It is herby certified That in conformity with the laws of the United States, George Schick who was a Blacksmith, Companies ‘M’ and ‘N’, 1st Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, is entitled to a pension at the rate of Twenty dollars per month to commence on the first day of August one thousand nine hundred and ten.
     Given at the Department of the Interior this twenty-seventh day of August one thousand nine hundred and ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty-fifth.
     Signed ___?____ Pierce, Acting Secretary of the Interior
     Countersigned: J. L. Davenport, Commissioner of Pensions


George Thornburg
Attorney at Law
St. Clairsville, Ohio     June, 19, 1912
Interior Department, Washington D. C.

Sir:
     Please send me blanks upon which the children as creditors can make application for part of pension due on fractional quarter of deceased pensioner.
Very truly yours,
Geo. Thornburg


George Thornburg
Attorney at Law
St. Clairsville, Ohio     June 29, 1912
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C.

Dear Sirs:

George Shick pension claim.
No. of certificate 582,432, name of soldier George Shick, address of claimant is St. Clairsville, Ohio,; Mr. Shick was a member of companies M. & N. 1st Regiment West Virginia Cavalry, and there are no minor children.
Very truly yours,
George Thornburg


DROP ORDER AND REPORT
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS,
FINANCE DIVISION.
Washington, D. C., July 10, 1912
Pensioner, George Schick
Certificate No. 582,432
Class. Act February 6, 1907
Co. M. 1 W. Va. Cav.
U. S. Pension Agent, Columbus

Sir: You are hereby directed to drop from the roll the name of the above-described pensioner who died unknown, 19__. signed: J. L. Davenport

REPORT.
Commissioner of Pensions.
Sir: The name of the above-described pensioner, who was last paid at $20 per month to March 4, 1912, has this day been dropped from the roll of this agency. signed: W. L. ________, U. S. Pension Agent.
July 12, 1912


APPLICATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT
State of Ohio, County of Belmont, ss:
     On this Aug. 12 day of 1912, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and _______, personally appeared before me, Mary R. Gershon, aged 39 years, a resident of Riverside, County of Riverside, State of California, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain reimbursement from the accrued pension for expenses paid (or obligation incurred) by claimant for the last sickness and for the burial of Mr. Geo. Schick, who was a pensioner of the United States by certificate No. 582432, on account of the service of George Schick in Company M and N, 1 Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry. That pension was last paid to George Schick, March 4, 1912 by the U. S. Pension Agent at ___________.
     That the answers to questions propounded below are full, complete, and truthful to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, and that no evidence necessary to a proper adjustment of all claims against the accrued pension is suppressed or withheld.
1. What was the full name of the deceased pensioner? George Peter Schick
2. In what capacity was decedent pensioned? (As invalid soldier or sailor, or as a widow, minor child, dependent relative, etc.) Invalid soldier
3. If decedent was pensioned as an invalid soldier or sailor-
     (a) Was he ever married? (Answer yes or no.) Yes
     (b) How many times, and to whom? Twice. Mary Jane Miller, Sarah A. Cunningham
     (c) If married, did his wife survive him? (Answer yes or no.) No
     (d) If so, is she still living? (Answer yes or no.) (blank)
     (e) If not living, give full names and dates of death of all wives.
     Sarah A. Cunningham Schick. Died 9th Sept. 1858 (this is WRONG! DIED Nov. 2, 1863) Mary Jane Miller Schick. Died June 4, 1907
     (f) Was he ever divorced? (Answer yes or no.) No
4. Did pensioner leave a child under 16 years of age? (Answer yes or no.) No
5. Is any such child still living? (Answer yes or no.) No
6. Was there insurance (life, accident, or health) in force on life of pensioner at time of death? (Answer yes or no.) No
7. If so, give the name of each company in which a policy was carried and the amount in which each policy was written.     (BLANK)
8. Who was the beneficiary named in each policy? (BLANK)
9. What was the relation of each beneficiary to the pensioner? (BLANK)
10. Were the premiums paid by the deceased pensioner? (BLANK)
11. If not paid by the deceased pensioner, state the amount of premiums paid by each person who made payments on that account. (BLANK)
12. Was pensioner a member of any society paying sick or death benefits? (Answer yes or no.) NO
13. Is there an executor or administrator, or will application be made for appointment of any person as administrator? NO
14. Did the deceased pensioner leave any money, real estate, or personal property? YES
15. If so, state the character and value of all such property. Two hundred and forty dollars in money.
16. What was the assessed value (last assessment) of the real estate? No real estate.
17. How was the pensioner’s property disposed of? $100 paid to undertaker, as below, and $132 paid for transporting body to St. Clairsville, O.
18. Did pensioner leave an unendorsed pension check? (Answer yes or no.) NO
19. What was your relation to the deceased pensioner? Daughter
20. Are you married? (Answer yes or no.) Yes
21. What was the cause of pensioner’s death? Heart trouble, catarrh of gall bladder.
22. When did the pensioner’s last sickness begin? Mar. 14, 1912
23. From what date did the pensioner become so ill as to require the regular and daily attendance of another person constantly until death? Mar. 14, 1912
24. Give the name and post-office address of each physician who attended the pensioner during last sickness. Dr. W. B. Payton, Riverside, Cal.
25. State the names of the persons by whom the pensioner was nursed during the period or any portion of the period of last sickness and the period covered by such service in each instance. Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Gershon, Mrs. Zilla Cunningham
26. Where did the pensioner live during last sickness? Riverside, Cal.
27. Where did the pensioner die? Riverside, Cal.
28. When did the pensioner die? Mar. 31, 1912
29. Where was the pensioner buried? St. Clairsville, Ohio
30. Has there been paid, or will application be made for payment to you or any other person, any part of the expenses of the pensioner’s last sickness and burial by any State, County, or municipal corporation? (Answer yes or no.) NO
31. State below the expenses of the pensioner’s last sickness and burial. Write the word none where no charge is made in case of any item of expense noted. (Each charge entered below should be supported by an itemized bill of the person who rendered the service or furnished any supplies for which reimbursement is demanded, and should show, over his signature, by whom paid, or who is held responsible for payment, and contain the name of the pensioner for whom the expense was incurred or service rendered.)
NAME - NATURE OF EXPENSES - STATE WHETHER PAID OR UNPAID - AMOUNT
W. B. Payton - Physician - Unpaid - $33.50
                Nursing and Care - None.
W. C. Clatworthy - Undertaker - Paid - 100.00
W. C. Clatworthy - Undertaker - Unpaid - 147.50
                Total $281.00

32. Is the above a complete list of all the expenses of the last sickness and burial of the deceased pensioner? (Answer yes or no.) NO

     That my post-office address is town of St. Clairsville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio.

(When the claimant for reimbursement is a married woman, she is required to sign the application with her own full name, not using the Christian name or the initials of her husband, and all bills should be receipted to her in her own name.)
Signed: (Claimant’s signature in full) Mary R. Gershon

     Also personally appeared Mrs. Isabella Sharp and Miss Lucy A. Miller, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Mary R. Gershon, the claimant, sign her name to the foregoing application, and that they know the claimant therein; that they have read all the questions, answers, and declarations in said application and believe the facts therein set forth to be true; and that they have no interest, direct or indirect, in this claim.
Signed: Mrs. Isabella Sharp     Lucy A. Miller

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29th day of August A.D. 1912; and I certify that the contents of the foregoing application, etc., were fully made known and explained to the claimant and witnesses before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
Signed: George Thornburg, Notary Public

STATEMENT OF ATTENDING PHYSICIANS.
Give date of the pension’s death March 30th, 1912
Give date of commencement of pensioner’s last sickness Mch. 14, 1912
From what date did the pensioner require the regular and daily attendance of another person constantly until death? March 14th, 1912
During what period did you attend the pensioner? At intervals since May 2nd, 1911.
State nature of disease from which pensioner died. Hypertrophy of heart. Interstitial nephrites and catarrh of all bladder.
Give name of each person who rendered service as nurse, and who has made or will make a charge for such service. Mrs. D. O. Gershon, Mr. D. O. Gershon, and Mrs. Z. M. Cunningham- No Charges.
Give name of any other physician who attended the pensioner in last sickness. No other.
Does your bill include a charge for all medicine furnished the pensioner during last sickness? Yes.
State whether you have read the questions in the foregoing application, and the claimant’s answers thereto, and whether such answers are correct according to your best knowledge, information, and belief? No.
Mention any other facts within your knowledge which in your opinion would be helpful in adjusting this claim for reimbursement: (BLANK)
I certify that the foregoing statement is correct.
July 30th, 1912 W. B. Payton, Attending Physician


George Thornburg
Attorney At Law
St. Clairsville, Ohio
August 29, 1912
Department Interior, Washington D. C.

Dear Sir:
     I hand you application of Mary R. Gershon for unpaid part of pension of George Sheck. This application is meritorious and if not in proper form send it back to me and I will have it corrected.
Very truly,
Geo. Thornberg


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
WASHINGTON
September 20, 1912
     The County Auditor
     Belmont County
     St. Clairsville, Ohio

Sir:
     For use in a claim for reimbursement in the case of George Schick, certificate number 582,432, who was buried at St. Clairsville in your county in the early part of April, 1912, I will thank you to advise me if any payment has been made upon his funeral expenses under the State law, or if not, whether any application for such is on file. He served in Cos. M and N 1st W. Va. Vol. Cavalry.
     His death occurred at Riverside, California about March 31, 1912 and it is thought he was in that State temporarily and retained his residence in your county.
     Use the enclosed envelope which requires no postage to forward your reply.
Very respectfully,
J. L. Davenport, Commissioner.

(Hand written on bottom of letter:)
Belmont County has not paid for any funeral expenses of Geo. Schick as shown by the records. Emerson Campbell, Auditor


Finance
September 20, 1912
Mrs. Mary R. Gershon
St. Clairsville, Ohio

Madam:
     In your claim for reimbursement in the case of George Schick, certificate number 582,432, you are requested to have the enclosed certificates properly signed to be filed in the case.
     You should file a statement from the railroad or express agent showing the cost of transportation of the corpse and by whom the same was paid.
     The bills for all the expenses at St. Clairsville should be filed, each receipted to show by whom paid, or if not paid, certified by the creditor, that you are held responsible for payment.
     The doctor gives the date of death as March 30th, while you state it as March 31st, a discrepancy of one day that must be satisfactorily explained and the correct date established.
Very respectfully,
J. L. Davenport, Commissioner.


Riverside, Cal.
Oct. 28, 1912
Dear Sir:
     I have these papers fixed to best of my knowledge. I have been in St. Clairsville, but am back home now in Riverside, Cal. I have sent you the statement from the agent, the cost of the transportation, he made it out for the cost of my travel, had I not gone, it would have amounted to the same, for it would have been sent by express, which would have amounted to a little more, than it was by me going. The expenses at St. Clairsville were paid by my sister. The cost of the transportation was put down on that first paper, was not correct. I just put it down there, I thought I had it right, but when the agent gave me the statement I saw I had made a mistake. The date of Father’s death (Geo. Schick) was on the 30th of March, the doctor was right. I don’t know how I made the mistake, it was very close to midnight, it was me that was wrong, the correct date was the 30th of March, 1912.
     This is just as near right as I know how to fix it, hope it will be satisfactory. Would be glad to have those expenses paid, for I haven’t anything to pay them with. If there is anything more you want to know, would be glad to tell you if I can. Yours and oblige,
Mrs. Mary R. Gershon


REIMBURSEMENT I hereby certify that I hold Mary Gershon responsible for any claim which I may have for services rendered, supplies furnished or money expended during the last sickness of George Shick (deceased) late a pensioner by certificate number 582432. (This need not be sworn to.) signed: W. B. Payton, M. D.

office: Rooms 5 and 6, Central Block Riverside, California July 30th, 1912
Mrs. Mary R. Gershon
     To: W. B. Payton, M. D. Dr.
     For professional services to her father, Mr. Geo. P. Schick
From Feby 17th, 1912 to March 30th, 1912     $33.50

Feby 17/12	To  prescription     $1.50
3/14/12     “    visit father         2.50
3/15/12     “    Rx  father           1.50
3/17/12     “    2 visits father      5.00
3/18/12     “    1 visit father       2.50
3/22/12     “    1 visit father       2.50
3/24/12     “    1 visit father       2.50
3/25/12          To Rx   father       1.50
3/26/12     “    Rx   father          1.50
3/28/12     “    2 visits father      5.00
3/29/12     “    2 visits  father     5.00
3/30/12     “    1 visit   father     2.50


Statement
Riverside, Cal.     July 31, 1912
Mrs. Mary R. Gershon, Estate of Geo. P. Schick

To The Clatworthy Company, Dr.
(W. C. Clatworthy, President)
Funeral Directors and Embalmers
1053 Main St., opposite Court House

Mar 30                           $247.50
	Casket                    135.00
	Embalming for shipment     50.00
	Professional Services      10.00
	Outside Case Zinc Lined    25.00
	Burial Robe                25.00
	Telegrams                   2.00
	Expenses of Charge           .50
Sep 5	By Cash                   100.00
	Mrs. Mary R. Gershon is held
responsible for this account.
W. C. Clatworthy


Santa Fe.
Riverside Cal.     Oct. 7th, 1912
Mrs. Mary Gershon,
     Herewith statement of tickets purchased by you April 8th, for transportation of yourself and remains of Mr. Geo. R. (sic) Schick Riverside to St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Via A. T. & S. F., Chicago, and B. & O. Ry.
Ticket C-1 No. 20384, for Mrs. Gershon, 2nd class--- $58.50
Ticket C-1 No. 20385, for Remains, 1st class --- 68.50
Lower Tourist berth Riverside to Chicago --- 6.75
               Total $133.75

Yours truly,
J. H. Bauman, Agent


St. Clairsville, Ohio     Oct. 21, 1912
Estate of George Schick

To Frasier & Clark, Dr.
Undertakers Embalmers
Apr. 12, 1912     To funeral car $6
    One back 3
    Grave 4
      13

     Paid in full by Ella Schick, daughter of George Schick

Frasier and Clark


Mrs. Mary R. Gershon     Nov. 8th, 1912
Riverside, Cal.
Madam:
     In your claim for reimbursement in the case of George Schick, certificate number 582432, you are requested to have the enclosed certificate properly signed to be filled in the case.
Very respectfully,
J. L. Davenport, Commissioner.
Enclosure.


REIMBURSEMENT     Nov. 26, 1912
     I hereby certify that I hold Mary R. Gershon responsible for any claim which I may have for services rendered, supplies furnished or money expended during the last sickness and burial of George Schick (deceased) late a pensioner by certificate number 582,432. (This need not be sworn to.)
signed: Ella Schick


REIMBURSEMENT     Nov. 26, 1912      We hereby certify that we hold Mary Gershon responsible for any claim which we may have for services rendered, supplies furnished or money expended during the last sickness and burial of George Schick (deceased) late a pensioner by certificate number 582,432. (This need not be sworn to.)
signed: D. O. Gershon     Mrs. Zilla Cunningham


REIMBURSEMENT     No. 582,432
Claimant, Mrs. Mary R. Gershon     Pensioner, George Schick
Street and No. 1261 Locust St.     Class INVALID
P.O. Riverside     Law Act February 6, 1907
State California     Agency Columbus
Last issue (blank)     Rate, $20      Last paid to March 4, 1912 at $20
Last illness commenced March 14, 1912 Date of death March 30, 1912 Accrued pension $18.00

	        AMOUNTS CLAIMED.    CHARGES APPROVED.
Physician’s bills        $33.50        $33.50
Undertaker’s bill        247.50        247.50
Cemetery charges          13.00         13.00
Transportation           133.75        133.75
	TOTALS          $427.75       $427.75
DEDUCTIONS.
Assets                  $240
Total                   $240
SUMMARY.
Charges approved       $427.75
Deductions              240.00
Amount approved		187.75
Necessarily disallowed	169.75
Approved for     $18.00
F. W. Sanderson, Examiner.
Dec. 11, 1912, D. W. Cirrell, Reviewer
A. H. Thompson, Chief, Finance Division


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