Biography of George E. Wearing
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George E. Wearing, who is district manager and general superintendent of the Ohio Division of the Penn-Ohio Gas Corporation, is recognized as a leading business man and representative citizen of Columbus. He was born at Ouray, Colorado, July 27, 1880, the son of George and Sarah (Robinson) Wearing.

George Wearing was born at Down Gate, Stokelimsland County, Cornwall, England, and his wife is a native of Derbyshire, England. He was reared and educated in his native land and early in life became interested in mining. He came to this country in 1879 and located at Hancock, Michigan, where he engaged in sinking the famous Tamarac shaft, which was the deepest shaft in the world at that time. Shortly afterward, he went to Iron Mountain, Michigan, where he was identified with the mining interests of that section under Capt. Bill Oliver. Mr. Wearing spent much time in Mexico in the 80's and moved in to Ouray County, Colorado, having official positions with the Smugglers Union and Sheridan Mines Company, and developed numerous mines in that district. He served as general superintendent of the Smugglers Union interests until 1900, at which time the company was sold to eastern syndicates, and Mr. Wearing retired. Later, however, he operated mines individually in that section and in Telluride, Colorado, and met an accidental death in 1903. He is buried at Telluride, Colorado. Mr. Wearing was a member of the Congregational Church and of Masonic lodge of Telluride, Colorado His widow lives with her son in Columbus. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wearing: Rose, born in 1878, married Charles Stearns, lives in Alaska, and they have a daughter, Dorothy; George E., the subject of this sketch; Mary, born in 1887, died in 1888; and Annie, born in 1893, married Charles Arnesburg, residing in Seattle, Washington.

George E. Wearing attended the public schools of Ouray, Colorado, for a short time and in 1887 removed to Telluride, Colorado. He later went to England with his mother and while in that country attended Parry's Private School for Boys at Worksop, Yorkshire. When he was eleven years old his mother returned with him to America and lived at Telluride, Colorado, for a time. Mr. Wearing attended Colorado State College, being admitted as a freshman when sixteen years of age. He received the degree of Engineer and returned to Telluride, where he became mine foreman in the Upper Sheridan Mine for his father. At the age of twenty one years he entered the contracting business and was engaged in developing underground workings and sank shafts in the Stoiber mines at Sib verton, Colorado, which were known as the Silver Lake Mines. Mr. Wearing later went south to Prescott to carry out mining contracts and in 1902 was associated with his father in the operation of the "Little Mary" Mines in Marshall Basin, Telluride, Colorado. In 1904 he went to Oregon and engaged in several mining enterprises, including a contract project for the firm of Ard & Company on the Columbia River, near Bughy, Oregon. He later went to Butte, Montana, and in 1906 was employed as a special operative by numerous mining companies to make a survey of mining conditions and engineering problems. He traveled throughout the United States in this work and also was identified with developments at the Treadwell mines in Alaska. From 1911 Mr. Wearing was associated with the Pacific Coast Coal Mines, Ltd., and served as superintendent of construction until 1912, at which time he was called to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he became associated with a bonding house in Pittsburgh as engineer to investigate oil and gas corporations. He is still interested in this work and has served as vice president and general manager of the Consumers Gas & Heat Company, the Warsaw Oil & Gas Company, the Midland Gas Company, and served as oil and gas engineer for numerous banking and bonding houses, including the Bendum Trees interests. He came to Columbus in June, 1927, to assume his present office as district manager and general superintendent of the Penn-Ohio Gas Corporation, which has holdings in twenty four counties in Ohio, producers of natural gas and oil.

Mr. Wearing is a Republican in politics. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and various clubs in Pittsburgh including the Keystone Athletic Club.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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