Exactly two months before Pearl Harbor Day, George H. Schauer was born at St. Vincents Hospital in Erie, PA on Tuesday, October 7, 1941. He was the oldest of George Joseph and Edith Hopkins Schauer's two sons. Younger brother Joseph Hopkins was born in Erie, PA on January 19, 1946. Married on April 16 1938, their parents were active in two businesses, running a family grocery store on East 10th Street in Erie and owning an egg delivery route throughout Erie County in Pennsylvania and Chautauqua County in New York. These were done in addition to their father working full-time at Erie's General Electric (GE) plant.
The family lived at 1225 Priestley Avenue in a row house in Lawrence Park during WWII. GE workers living in Lawrence Park walked to and from work. Gas was rationed, making it difficult to travel the five miles to a frame cottage they had built by Axel Carlson at 1752 East 43rd Street in Erie. The row house on Priestley was only half a block from the heavily used New York Central and Nickel Plate railroads. Many days, depending on wind conditions, the trains filled the neighborhood with soot and grime. Respiratory problems were common and the effects caused health problems for George H. throughout his childhood.
After WW II ended the family moved to the now expanded cottage in October 1946. The expansion included a detached garage followed by a new connecting kitchen and dining area. This allowed the cottage kitchen area to become a bathroom with indoor plumbing. A coal furnace was located in the garage which fueled hot water radiators throughout the house.
George H. began kindergarten at the Lawrence Park Primary School on Priestley, but in less than six weeks had transferred to Lincoln Elementary School in Erie. The school bus for Lincoln traveled East 38th Street. It was a long five blocks from home to the little bus shanty, especially for a five year old. Both George and Joseph had Miss Violet Schutte as their first grade teacher. She was a very positive influence and instilled a love of learning. She was without question the best first grade teacher in Erie.
Every elementary school year was punctuated by absences due to respiratory problem and other childhood illnesses. Sixth grade was punctuated by chickenpox, but the family did attend the funeral in Pittsburgh and brutally cold interment at Allegheny Cemetery for great grandfather William McElroy in February 1953. Attendance at Daily Vacation Bible Schools were included each summer, including a decision made to receive Christ as Saviour during the summer of 1953.
Beginning in 1948 a total of four family car trips were made from Erie to visit relatives in southern Caifornia. Trips were made in 1948, 1954, 1958-59 (Christmas holiday), and 1964. A 1940 Studebaker in 1948, a 1954 Dodge Coronet station wagon, by train (El Capitan) in 1958-59, and a 1962 VW station wagon (bus) in 1964.
Wilson Junior High School came next. It was the first time dealing with the school experiences of Schauer cousins who had previously attended, and were remembered by staff, at Wilson. Eleventh grade proved difficult health wise at Academy High School. The Asian Flu was contracted in October 1957 and took its toll, concluding with an hyperactive thyroid that resulted in hospitalization for several days. A weight loss of over thirty pounds occurred and about half of that junior year were absences.
In June 1959 George H. graduated 208th in a senior class of 420. Graduating in the upper half was important for regular undergraduate college admission at Edinboro State College. George entered without probationary status concern. George H. had many jobs during his college years to pay for tuition, books, etc. He worked as a clerk at Hopkins Market, a corner grocery at 262 West 4th Street in Erie, owned by his uncle, Neale Hopkins. One of his vendors, Golden Crown Dairy owner, Earl Schwarz, made it possible for a Breakfast Orange route to be undertaken, which led to George H. and his brother, Joseph, beginning an ice cream novelty business for the dairy. At one point they had a 1940 GMC panel truck, a 1940 Chevrolet pickup truck with a Meyers freezer, and six Cushman trucksters with either dry ice or electric freezers. Later both worked odd jobs for Uncle Neale when he became the manager of Manpower, Inc., a temporary help agency, in Erie, PA.
During his teen years George H. began as a Sunday School pianist and assistant church pianist. He studied piano with Autumn Thiel and harmony and theory at the Erie Conservatory of Music. His musical studies concluded with two years of organ instruction from Percy LeSeuer, who with his older brother, Peter, was part-owner of the Erie Conservatory of Music. For thirty-five years George served as a church assistant organist, or organist, at several Christian and Missionary Alliance churches (Lawrence Park; Union City, PA; Meadville, PA; Salt Lake City; and Virginia Beach), First Baptist Church and First Christian Church in Meadville, PA and Twelve Apostles Lutheran Church in Saegertown, PA.
Graduating from college with a C average with majors in Social Studies and Speech did not seem promising in terms of being hired as a teacher. However, a student teaching semester during the fall of 1962 with Miss Neva Parker directing at Union City Area High School led to a permanent substitute position during the second semester. Upon her retirement at the end of that school year he was hired to teach her Civic and U. S. History classes (9th and 11th grade). His first year he volunteered to coach the JV basketball team with elementary teacher Thomas C. Schultz as his co-coach. The won-loss record that season was 2-20.
The next year, under the leadership of Union City supervising principal L. Leroy Brest, a high school debate team was formed. They were much more successful and in their third year won the Lake Erie Debate Conference championship. George H. also taught public speaking. Students entered and won many forensic competitions.
On a snowy December 20, 1963, George H. married Sara Jane Root at the Lawrence Park C&MA Church with the Rev. Claude Bainer officiating. Sara had been a freshman in 1959 at Edinboro State College, but left after one year to become a bookkeeper for Security-Peoples Trust Co. in Erie. Following the wedding they battled the snowstorm to their apartment at 32 Third Avenue in Union City. Sara commuted to Erie to go to work for a year until their daughter, April Christene, was born at the Union City Memorial Hospital. The hospital stay was four days. The hospital cost, paid in cash, was $4 a day for the nursery, and $16 a day for Sara.
George H. became a Memorial Junior High Social Studies teacher in Erie, PA at the start of the 1966-67 school year. George and Sara, with April, moved to 3619 Main Street in Lawrence Park. It was directly behind the church where they were married. Racial tensions were running high with race riots nationally in several cities, and it was tense in Erie schools. In October George H. submitted his resignation effective at the end of the first semester. Former Union City supervising principal. L. Leroy Brest, now school superintendent in Somerset County, arranged for a job placement as a speech therapist for the Bedford County Schools. Those plans were intercepted by Miss Helena R. Hartshorne, Crawford County special education supervisor. She made several contacts with George H. and urged him to change his plans, and instead become a teacher of gifted in Crawford County. It would be a ten month contract for $7,800, or $1,200 more than offered by Bedford County. After much deliberation her offer was accepted.
During his eight and a half years as an itinerant teacher of gifted throughout Crawford County and Northwestern School District in Erie County George H. earned an M.S. degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the State University of New York at Fredonia in May 1969. He also earned a Ph.D. in Gifted Education and Special Education Administration at Kent State University, Kent, OH. in August 1975. His two semesters of sabbatical in Pennsylvania enabled him with the help of his doctoral adviser, Dr. Wilber D. Simmons, to complete six quarters of study at Kent. Following his graduate studies George H. was appointed as the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (I.U. #5) elementary coordinator of gifted programs serving Erie, Crawford, and Warren County schools. In 1980 George H. became an I.U. #5 special education supervisor serving several school districts including the Race Street School for Exceptional Children.
In February 1968 during his studies at Fredonia a second daughter, Autumn Carol, was born in Meadville, PA. In June 1971 a son, Stephen Hopkins, was also born in Meadville, PA. It should be noted that from 1964-1984 George H. served on a part-time basis working as an insurance underwriter for O'Hanlon Reports (Pittsburgh).
As a special education supervisor George was granted time, or used vacation time, to serve the Pennsylvania Right to Education Office as a special education hearing officer and the Department of Education as a special education program auditor. In 1984 he interviewed in Mentor, OH for the position of gifted coordinator for the Mentor Exempted Village, Willoughby-Eastlake City, and Wickliffe City school districts and was invited to serve. For three years, as Sara completed her undergraduate and graduate programs at Edinboro University, life was complicated by a commuter marriage lifestyle, George H. being home in Meadville on weekends. For three weeks in summer 1986 George H. directed a summer gifted program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
During the spring of 1987 he interviewed for gifted program leadership positions in other states. A series of three interviews in Atlanta, GA for the position of Fulton County gifted director were followed by their job offer. A promised contract was never received. In the meantime George and Sara took a needed vacation break by attending the World Gifted Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. A flyer caught Sara's eye and the next day George H. was interviewing for the position of Extended Learning Program (ELP) coordinator for the Salt Lake City Schools. Two more interviews followed, and upon return home in Meadville it was learned that the position in Salt Lake City was offered. Still no contract from Georgia. Although the annual contract offered by Salt Lake City was over $10,000 less, it was signed and returned. There was a comfort level with the folks in Utah that could not be matched by the folks in Georgia.
An auction was held to sell everything, including the house, at 560 Walnut Street in Meadville. The Ryder experience, the moving van towing an auto hauler holding a 1975 Lincoln, and a tow bar behind a 1978 Ford station wagon to bring to Utah a 1961 T-Bird, made a one week cross country odyssey. In Wyoming it was learned that a special education teaching position would not be possible for Sara because of their nepotism policy. Within a few weeks that decision was reversed, and she was so employed.
During the 2.33 years as ELP coordinator George H. also served as International Baccalaureate (I.B.) director. It was also possible to represent Salt Lake City and the state of Utah at the World Gifted Conference in 1989 in Sydney, Australia. In October a telephone call was received at the ELP office from the Virginia Beach City Schools superintendent. The position directing their gifted program was available because a person hired changed their mind at the last moment. He asked George to take time when he was at the National Gifted Children's conference in late October to come to Virginia Beach for an interview. George H. agreed and at the meeting was not interviewed, but told what to do. It was clear that the decision had been made to hire George H.
After coming back to Virginia Beach in November to develop the budget for the 1990-91 gifted program, George H. returned to Salt Lake City to make the transition needed to leave the ELP position. The Ryder experience was reversed from west to east during the coldest winter week in U. S. history. After multiple breakdowns en route, it was possible to begin the Virginia Beach position on January 2, 1990.
During the 1990-93 school years the Virginia Beach gifted program expanded and the foundation for an I.B. program was established. George H. served as the Southeast Virginia Association of Gifted Program Administrators chair in 1993-94. He also continued work begun in Ohio and Utah as a team evaluator for the Virginia Future Problem Solving Program. During his career George H. also served as an adjunct instructor at Penn State, Kent State, Ashland University, The College of Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio, Utah State, and Norfolk State.
A central office "purge" during the spring of 1993 forced many administrators to return to the classroom or leave for another job somewhere else. George H. chose the latter route and was hired to start-up a new project, a thirteen school district Southside Virginia Governors School for Science, Mathematics, and Global Technology. His office was located in Keysville, VA at the Southside Virginia Community College. Geographically the school served juniors and seniors mornings from an area roughly the size of Connecticut. After another year of commuter marriage, the decision was made to simplify life and return to Hampton Roads.
A response to a newspaper classified ad resulted in another unexpected career change. The Chesapeake City Schools hired George H. as an itinerant middle and high school Speech and Language Therapist, a position held from 1994 to his retirement date on January 31, 2000. His career in public education spanned 21.7 years in Pennsylvania, 3.06 years in Ohio, 2.33 years in Utah, and 11.1 years in Virginia.
As a retiree George H. assumed the responsibility of chairing the Virginia Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing Program until 2011. He also worked for several years as a mystery shopper and completed many merchandising assignments in local stores, especially MGM/Sony DVD placements and inventory, until 2013. In September 2007 he completed the City of Virginia Beach's Respite Care for the Elderly training program. Later, Sara completed the same certification program following her retirement. Both have had regular assignments weekly to enable caregivers to have breaks from their 24/7 commitments. Beginning with the 2008 presidential election George and Sara have both served as city election officials. Before several large important elections they have been in charge of Virginia Beach's in-person absentee voter provision at City Firehouse #5 for an entire week prior to the Tuesday election. Precinct 85 (Three Oaks Elementary School) has been the site served for each regular and special election.
Written June 2013
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Thank you for the information contributions to the William R. Or B. Hayes family profiles I manage. I greatly appreciate the information but I must ask you to refrain from making any changes based on assumptions. I see that you add another spouse to John Wesley Hayes but add no marriage source to back up your claim. You also made a birth date and location change to his mother Sarah Allen, which clearly has conflicts if you would have tajen the time to look at the census sources instead of looking at only the 1880 census source. Sir I have dedicated many ours researching this family and the information, though somewhat limited is factual. Please, pretty please, with sugar on top, only make changes that can be backed by sources.
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George, I'm only a guest but hope you will find the following comments helpful.
His place of birth is so far as I know UNKNOWN and is unlikely to have been Bagber, which was I think acquired later by his son Richard II. To call him Richard of Bagber may therefore be misleading, if not WRONG. His date and place of marriage are so far as I know UNKNOWN and he is unlikely to have married at Bagber, which had no church. The name of his wife was usually spelled EMMOT, a diminutive of Emma. His date and place of death are so far as I know UNKNOWN and he is very unlikely to have been alive on 15 May 1593, the date his son Richard II made his will. Nor do I know of any evidence that he died in his father-in-law's village of Damerham, then in Wiltshire but now in Hampshire.
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