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Fred E. Shearer (1874-?)
Insurance business in Bay City, MI.

1905 biography. (Added July, 2009)

The History of Bay County, Michigan, by Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


Fred E. Shearer, one of the leading business men of Bay City, general insurance agent and dealer in rubber stamps, steel dies and stencils, was born in this city, December 16, 1874, and is a son of John W. and Marie E. (Larned) Shearer.

The Shearer family originated in Scotland, where for 14 generations, the family has always been an agricultural one.

George Shearer, the grandfather of our subject was born in Scotland in 1817 and married Agnes Buchanan, who was born in 1820. He accumulated an ample fortune, but, being a man of sympathetic nature, he was led to endorse paper for friends and thereby suffered great losses which were increased by a disastrous fire that swept away the old home. This led the family to remove to America. They settled at Albany, New York, where John W. Shearer was born August 19, 1833.

In 1850 John W. Shearer went to Detroit where he learned the carpenter and joinerís trade with his brother, James Shearer, and in 1856 he went South and spent four years in various car shops, filling the position of master mechanic. In 1860 he returned to Detroit and formed a partnership with is brother, James Shearer, and they continued in business until the Civil War broke out. John W. Shearer enlisted in the Second Regiment, Michigan Vol. Inf., as a private and was honorably discharged at Yorktown with the rank of lieutenant. In 1865 he came to Bay City and took contract to install machinery in D. G. Arnoldís sash and blind factory, subsequently engaging with his brother, James Shearer, in mill construction. His last business partnership was with H. Watkins. On June 30, 1866, he married Mary E. Larned, who was born in Ohio, and they had three children. John W. Shearer died May 16, 1903.

Fred E. Shearer was educated in the Bay City public schools and began his business career in the employ of E. B. Foss & Company, tallying, a few months later accepting the same position on the river for different parties, and during his third and last season working for George Jackson. When cold weather interrupted lumber transportation, he took advantage of the opportunity to acquire a good knowledge of business in Devlinís Business College, in Bay City, and on October 24, 1902, he entered the Bay City Bank as collector, from which position he was later advanced to be bookkeeper. In 1901 Mr. Shearer bought the G. W. McCormick insurance agency and has continued in this business ever since, representing the leading insurance companies of the world: Travelersí Life, Accident & Liability; American Central; Home Fire & Marine; Royal Exchange Assurance, of London; Liverpool & London & Globe; London Assurance; Federal; Granite State; Mercantile Fire and Marine, Indianapolis; and British-American Assurance, of Toronto; and also represents the American Surety Company of New York; the Maryland Casualty Company of Baltimore and the New Jersey Plate Glass Insurance Company.

On April 15, 1903, Mr. Shearer married Roxanna Peter, who is a daughter of William A. Young, of Bay City, Michigan.

Politically Mr. Shearer is active in Republican politics. He is a very prominent member of the numerous fraternal orders, belong to Bay City Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M.; Blanchard Chapter, No. 59, R. A. M.; Bay City Council, No. 53, R. & S. M.; and all the Scottish Rite bodies in Bay City and the Michigan Sovereign Consistory, S. P. R. S., and Moslem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., at Detroit. He is also a member of Lodge No. 88, B. P O. E.; of the Knights of the Loyal Guard; and of the Bay City Club. He is an attendant of the Presbyterian Church.

Additional Notes:

  • 1903 - Fred E. Shearer, marriage to Roxanna P. Young, of Bay City, MI Ė Roxanna was born in 1883, her mother's name was Hattie M. Portor.
Related Pages/Notes

Related pages:
Shearer, Geo. H (g-father)
People Referenced
Arnold, D.G.
Buchanana, Agnes (g-mother)
Foss, E.B.
Larned, Marie E. (mother)
McCormick, G.W.
Porter, Hattie M.
Shearer, Fred W. (subject)
Shearer, George (g-father)
Shearer, James (uncle)
Shearer, John W. (father)
Watkins, H.
Young, Roxanna P. (wife)
Young, William
Subjects Referenced
2d Reg, MI Vol inf.
Albany, NY
Bay City, Mi
Bay City Bank
Bay Co., MI
Civil War
Detroit, MI
Devlin Business College
D.G. Arnold sash/blinds
E.B.Foss & Co.
G.W. McCormick Ins.
Presbyterian Church
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