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George W. Reeher

  1839 - 1911




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  George W. Reeher 
Falls from Window to His Death

George Reeher of Wampum Has Neck Broken in Odd Accident

Was Civil War Veteran

George Reeher, 75 years old, a resident of Wampum, was killed on Sunday morning about 2:30 o’clock, when he fell from an upstairs window at the home of John Parker of 15 Fisk street, where he was visiting.  Reeher suffered prostration from the heat a few days ago and it is supposed that he hot [got] out of bed and sought the window to cool off, when a second attack came on and caused him to lose his balance and fall. 

He plunged headlong a distance of about 15 feet.  Occupants of the house heard the noise of his fall and when they ran into the yard, Reeher was lying still and without any signs of life.  Dr. J. H. Reed was summoned, as well as Sample’s ambulance.  The doctor arrived a few minutes before the ambulance and Reeher breathed his last about that time. 

The remains were taken to Sample’s morgue, where they are prepared for burial.  Yesterday afternoon the body was shipped to Wampum, to the home of a son, where funeral services will be held and interment will take place. 

Reeher came here on Saturday evening from New Castle for a short visit.  Mrs. Parker, his niece says that he complained of feeling ill and she persuaded him to remain over until yesterday, when he expected to go home.  Reeher stayed with the family until after 10 o’clock, playing cards, when he retired. 

That was the last time seen or heard of the man until the noise of his falling body attracted member of the house on Sunday morning.  A hurried investigation disclosed the prostrate from lying on the ground and scantily clad.  How he came to his death is only a matter of conjecture, but it is supposed he got out of bed, seeking relief from the heat, and toppled down. 

Reeher was a veteran of the Civil war and had a fine record.  He had lived in Wampum and New Castle for many years and was well known in Lawrence County.  He frequently visited his niece, and his visits could be timed with the receipt of his pension. 

James Reeher of 33 Prospect street, this city [Sharon], is a brother of the deceased. 

He is survived by the following children:  Mrs. Mary Shannon, Edenburg; Mrs. Nellie Gill, Beaver Falls; Mrs. Elizabeth Cowen, East Liverpool; Mrs. Dean Searfost, Wampum; Edward Reeher, Wampum; Charles Reeher, Beaver Falls; Frank Reeher, Steubenville, O.; David Reeher, Pittsburg, and Mrs. Tillie Davis, Pittsburg. 

Sharon Herald, Monday, July 10, 1911

Submitted by Margaret Koch


Additional information on George W. Reeher:

George W. Reeher was the son of Isaac and Nancy Hofius Reeher, born 1839, Mercer County, PA.  He was in the Pennsylvania Volunteers Company B, 57th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He was wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, in June 1862.  One of eleven children, he married Louisa Fye, daughter of Thomas and Mary Fye, on 30 May 1863 and they raised twelve children.  He died on 11 Jul 1911 after falling from an upstairs window at the home of his niece in Sharon, PA.  He is buried at Clinton Cemetery in Wampum, PA. Research submitted by Margaret Koch




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