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GEORGE W. BAIR,
a resident of Earl township, was born in Leacock township, near Ellsworth, a son of Joel Bair and a grandson of Joel Bair.
Joel Bair, the grandfather, was a farmer in Leacock township, and was classed among the larger, land owners of the day. He married a Miss Wolf, by whom he had the following family: George, who died in Upper Leacock township; Joel, the father of George W.; Daniel, who died in Ohio, Henry, a resident of Chester county; Jacob, who died in Chester county; Hetty, who married D. Musselman, and removed to Adams county; Cathrine, the widow of Henry Kurtz, of Cocalico, township; Christina, married to Jacob Hershey, both deceased; Caroline, who married Daniel Eby, both now deceased.
Joel Bair, the father of George W., was born and reared in Leacock township, where he began as a farmer, making that the occupation of his life. About 1862 he moved into Earl township, where he bought a farm of 126 acres, on which he erected good buildings, and there he lived until his death. This home is now owned by two of his sons. In course of time he became one of the better known and substantial citizens of the county, and had more than a local reputation as a farmer and stock raiser. He and his wife, Leah Bushong, were members of the Reformed Church. She was a daughter of John Bushong, and was born in East Lampeter township. Her death occurred in 1884, at the age of sixty-seven years.
Mr. Bair died in 1890, at the age of eighty years.
To them were born seven children: Eve Anna, the wife of Diller Rauck, of Chester county; Israel, a resident of New Holland; John B., a resident of Leacock township; Amanda, the wife of Elam Kling, a resident of Earl township; George W.; Amos O., who died when two years old; Jason D., a merchant in Leacock township.
George W. Bair was born July 6, 1853, was reared on the farm and had his education in the public schools. When he was twenty-five he began farming on his own account in Upper Leacock township, in which occupation he was engaged for one year, when he returned to Earl township, and in 1884 located on the farm where he still resides. This farm contains sixty acres, and is cultivated so that it ranks among the very-best in the county. He owns, a second farm of thirty-two acres, adjoining his home place, and both are well improved. Mr. Bair is an enterprising, and public-spirited man, and takes a deep interest in anything that looks to the public good. He has filled the office of supervisor and has been a member of the County Republican Committee. For the last six years he has dealt largely in phosphates.
Mr. Bair was married Nov. 19, 1878, to Miss Laura J. Bushong, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Zook) Bushong, who was born in Upper Leacock township in 1857. To this union have come four children: Elva Mary, who died at the age of ten months.; Ira Garfield, born Oct. 8, 1881; Mabel Leah, who died when two and a half years old; Edna I., born Jan. 2o, 1887.
Mr. and Mrs. Bair are members of the Reformed Church, in which he is an elder. He is president of the Consistory, and superintendent of the Sabbath-school connected with the local church. Mrs. Bair is a teacher in the Sunday-school, the son is librarian, and the daughter is organist. Mr. Bair united with the church when he was seventeen years of age, and when he was twenty was made a deacon. Since 1894 he has been an elder of the church, which he has represented at the Classis.