| George was born Jan. 11, 1871, at
Dakota City, Nebraska. He went to high school there, then worked
for a Dr. Stinson in a general merchandise store. In 1896,
he began his own hardware business. He was 46 when he married
Effie May Motes on October 25, 1917. She was born Jan. 4, 1884.
Another late bloomer, she graduated from Needles Institute of
Optometry, now the University of Missouri, and was a practicing
optometrist. At the time of their marriage, she was running a jewelry
store at Axtell, Kansas.
George died Dec. 14, 1948 at Sioux City
Hospital and is buried at Graceland Cemetery. Effie operated the
store until her death on December 24, 1954.