William Garfield Shirer

M, b. 11 September 1880, d. July 1934
     William Garfield Shirer was born on 11 September 1880 at La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA. He was the son of William Walter Shirer and Caroline M. Triem. William Garfield Shirer married Bessie Vergie, daughter of Hiram Burns Vergie and Isabella Patterson, circa 1913. William Garfield Shirer lived in January 1920 at Milton Twp., DuPage Co., IL. He lived in April 1930 at Glen Ellyn, DuPage Co., IL.1 He died in July 1934 at age 53. Cause of death: in July 1934 Auto accident.

Children of William Garfield Shirer and Bessie Vergie

Citations

  1. [S224] 1930 Federal Census, DuPage County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 511 & 512; FHL #2340246-7.
  2. [S209] 1920 Federal Census, Humboldt County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 494.

William Lawrence Shirer

M, b. 23 February 1904, d. 28 December 1993
     Note: Author of numerous books, including Berlin Diary and Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

Unlike his counterpart, Ed Murrow, Bill Shirer was born in a large city, Chicago, and was raised for his first nine years in a rather intellectual family. His father had been a U.S. Attorney and was a populist in philosophy. Friends with Clarence Darrow, who was a frequent guest in the Shirer household, Shirer's father was constantly espousing on the likes of John Dewey and Theodore Dreiser. But very quickly, Bill Shirer's world would change. At age nine, his father suddenly died of acute appendicitis and Shirer's mother with little money moved the family to his maternal grandmother's home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. But because of his previous life in Chicago, Bill Shirer came to dislike the squeaky-clean life he lived in Iowa.

The lack of money only allowed Shirer to attend Coe, a small Presbyterian school in Cedar Rapids. He found it boring, but became the editor of the school's newspaper, which he promptly used as a forum to eschew bourgeois lifestyles. Upon graduation he took off for Europe where he was able to garner a job with the Paris Tribune. His newspaper career was born but Shirer would find himself in and out of work until he met Ed Murrow.

Murrow was trying to establish CBS as a news organization and felt hiring a journalist would add even more credibility to the task. Shirer, out of work at the time, accepted even though he did not feel he had the voice for broadcasting. Paul White, Murrow's boss felt the same way, but Murrow prevailed.

Shirer's work on CBS is a standout. He was able to get to the heart of what was happening to the people of Europe, especially Germany, in light of Hitler's rise. He was able to ferret out a story and reported with not only the people's comments, but with some wit of his own. As Nazi power increased, Shirer was increasingly in danger and had to be careful how he reported the news. Eventually, he had to escape Germany wherein he returned to the USA and began reporting news and commentary on his own news program in New York. He eventually left CBS and broadcast journalism and began working on several books detailing his own experience (Berlin Diary) in Germany. His most famous work was The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich which reports in details how Nazism was able to come to power, and how it ultimately fell from grace.

During the Red Scare (McCarthyism era) William L. Shirer's early anti-bourgeois pronouncements cost him his reputation for many years, as well as his job with CBS. For Bill there were some difficult years when he lectured and wrote books that had modest sales. Then he started work on Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which came out in 1960 (and still sells quite well all over the world). He used to say that if he had not been fired from CBS he would probably never have gone back to his first love - writing. He was very grateful for that firing in the end -- it gave him a much longer career as a writer.

William Lawrence Shirer was born on 23 February 1904 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He was the son of Seward Smith Shirer and Elizabeth Josephine Tanner. William Lawrence Shirer was graduated in 1925 at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA. He married Theresa Caroline Giselle Anna Stiberitz in January 1932 at Vienna, Austria. William Lawrence Shirer and Theresa Caroline Giselle Anna Stiberitz were divorced in 1970. William Lawrence Shirer died on 28 December 1993 at Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, at age 89.

Child of William Lawrence Shirer and Theresa Caroline Giselle Anna Stiberitz

William Walter Shirer1

M, b. 16 March 1846, d. 27 October 1930
     William Walter Shirer was born on 16 March 1846 at Herkimer Co., NY, 1860 census erroneously shows "Wisconsin."2,3,4 He was the son of Johann Friedrich Scheurer and Maria Eva Brenneisen. William Walter Shirer lived on 21 September 1850 at Germantown, Washington Co., WI.2 He lived on 15 June 1860 at Germantown, Washington Co., WI.3 He married Caroline M. Triem, daughter of Ludwig Triem and Elizabeth Huppert, on 12 November 1868 at near Plainfield, Will Co., IL. William Walter Shirer lived in August 1870 at Bruce Twp., Benton Co., IA, in the household of his father. He lived in 1880 at La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA, Moved the family to Mt. Vernon in 1889 as children approached college age. He died on 27 October 1930 at Humboldt Co., IA, at age 84

Obituary -- The Humboldt Republican, Humboldt, Iowa; Friday, 31 OCT 1930, p.1 (Newspapers.com):

SHIRER SERVICES HERE TUESDAY; MT. VERNON WEDNESD'Y

Funeral services for W. W. Shirer, the father of Mrs. T. G. Ferreby, Humboldt, were held at the Duncan funeral home in Humboldt Tuesday afternon at 3 o'clock. The body was shipped over the Northwestern railway Tuesday evening for services in Mt. Vernon Wednesday. Mt. Vernon is the former home of Mr. Shirer.

W. W. Shirer, 84, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mr. T. G. Ferreby, in Humboldt, Monday afternoon after an illness of several weeks. He was born in Herkimer county, New York, March 16, 1846 shortly after his parents arrived in America from south Germany. From New York the family moved to Wisconsin near Milwaukee. Later the family moved to La Porte, where Mr. Shirer was engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1868 he married Caroline Triem.

In 1889 Mr. Shirer moved to Mt. Vernon in order to give his children an opportunity of a college education. Most of the following years were spent there until eight years ago, when he retired from business. Since then Mr. Shirer has made his home in Humboldt most of the time. Mr. Shirer is survived by three children; Lillian, Mrs. T. G. Ferreby, Humboldt; Mabel, Mrs. J. W. (sic) Boyd, Eldora; William G. Glenn Ellyn, Illinois.

He was buried in 1930 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 102415496.

Children of William Walter Shirer and Caroline M. Triem

Citations

  1. [S12] 1870 Federal Census, Benton County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 376; FHL #545875.
  2. [S1334] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Wisconsin. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 1008.
  3. [S1332] 1860 Federal Census, Washington County, Wisconsin. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1438; FHL #805438.
  4. [S1136] 1900 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 443; FHL #1240443.

Blanche Rudisill Shirey

F, b. 26 July 1892, d. 7 October 1990
     Blanche Rudisill Shirey was born on 26 July 1892 at West Virginia. She was the daughter of George A. Shirey and Blanche Rudisill.1 Blanche Rudisill Shirey married William Obediah Tracy, son of Capt. Buford Allen Tracy and Elizabeth Hillyer Holloway. Blanche Rudisill Shirey died on 7 October 1990 at Mercer Co., WV, at age 98 Dates per SSDI.

Children of Blanche Rudisill Shirey and William Obediah Tracy

Citations

  1. [S2028] 1900 Federal Census, Mercer County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1766; FHL #1241766.
  2. [S2029] 1920 Federal Census, Mercer County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1963.
  3. [S2030] 1930 Federal Census, Mercer County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 2546; FHL #2342280.

George A. Shirey1

M, b. August 1855
     George A. Shirey was born in August 1855 at Virginia.1 He married Blanche Rudisill circa 1888.1

Child of George A. Shirey and Blanche Rudisill

Citations

  1. [S2028] 1900 Federal Census, Mercer County, West Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1766; FHL #1241766.

Abraham Shirk

M, b. 5 March 1773, d. 12 February 1852
     Abraham Shirk married Christina Bowman. Abraham Shirk was born on 5 March 1773 at Greene Twp., Franklin Co., PA. He died on 12 February 1852 at age 78.

Children of Abraham Shirk and Christina Bowman

Allen R. Shirk1

M, b. circa 1865
     Allen R. Shirk was born circa 1865 at Pennsylvania.1 He married Lydia Ann Sheesley circa 1884.

Child of Allen R. Shirk and Lydia Ann Sheesley

Citations

  1. [S1909] 1880 Federal Census, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1145; FHL #1255145.

Amanda Shirk1

F
     Amanda Shirk married Benjamin Franklin Wade.1

Child of Amanda Shirk and Benjamin Franklin Wade

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 177.

Anna Shirk

F
     Anna Shirk was born at Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., PA. She was the daughter of Caspar Shirk and Anna Nolt.

Anna Lola Shirk

F, b. 27 June 1905, d. 3 January 1957
     Anna Lola Shirk was born on 27 June 1905 at Lost Springs, Marion Co., KS. She was the daughter of Frank Munson Shirk M.D. and Zuletta Jane Ryan. Anna Lola Shirk married Urban Nerius Hartman, son of Peter Simon Hartman and Elizabeth Ann Myers, on 16 March 1927 at San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., CA. Anna Lola Shirk died on 3 January 1957 at Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 51. She was buried on 8 January 1957 at Orange, Orange Co., CA.

Anna Mason Shirk

F, b. 30 July 1927, d. 25 March 2011
     Anna Mason Shirk was born on 30 July 1927. She was the daughter of Caspar Shirk and Bertha C. Martalus. Anna Mason Shirk married Lawrence Donald Carpenter, son of Calvin Carpenter and Pearl Martha Starr, on 3 June 1944 at Lebanon Co., PA. Anna Mason Shirk died on 25 March 2011 at San Diego Co., CA, at age 83.

Asa Jackson Shirk

M, b. 24 October 1895, d. 3 November 1926
     Asa Jackson Shirk was born on 24 October 1895.1 He was the son of Isaac Newton Shirk and Viola Morse. Asa Jackson Shirk died on 3 November 1926 at Grundy Co., IA, at age 31.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 670.

Benjamin Franklin Shirk

M, b. 5 November 1857, d. 12 October 1859
     Benjamin Franklin Shirk was born on 5 November 1857.1 He was the son of John Stouffer Shirk and Mary Bowles Miller. Benjamin Franklin Shirk died on 12 October 1859 at age 1.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 670.

Benjamin Franklin Shirk

M, b. 27 January 1866, d. 22 April 1938
     Occupation: Farmer.
Note: At one time lived at Millidgeville, Illinois, later Iowa, per Wanger book. Benjamin Franklin Shirk was born on 27 January 1866 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Benjamin Palmer Shirk and Sarah J. Moffett. Benjamin Franklin Shirk married Viola Shore on 22 December 1889 at Milledgeville, Carroll Co., IL, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
SHIRK, BENJAMIN F SHORE, VIOLA CARROLL 12/22/1889 B/ 92 3629.1 Benjamin Franklin Shirk died on 22 April 1938 at Linn Grove, Buena Vista Co., IA, at age 72.

Children of Benjamin Franklin Shirk and Viola Shore

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

Benjamin Palmer Shirk

M, b. 28 July 1831, d. 12 November 1875
     Benjamin Palmer Shirk was born on 28 July 1831 at Franklin Co., PA.1 He was the son of Rev. Jacob Balmer Shirk and Susan Stouffer. Benjamin Palmer Shirk married Sarah J. Moffett, daughter of Thomas Moffett and Ann Elizabeth Davis, on 8 April 1858 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
SHIRK, BENJMIN P MOFFETT, SARAH J CARROLL 04/08/1858 OMR/0127. Benjamin Palmer Shirk died on 12 November 1875 at Cherry Grove Twp., Carroll Co., IL, at age 44.1 He was buried in November 1875 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.

Children of Benjamin Palmer Shirk and Sarah J. Moffett

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 671.

Benjamin Rinewalt Shirk

M, b. 8 April 1896
     Benjamin Rinewalt Shirk was born on 8 April 1896.1 He was the son of Walter Bruce Shirk and Anna Grace Cormany.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

Benjamin Victor Shirk

M, b. 12 April 1898
     Benjamin Victor Shirk was born on 12 April 1898.1 He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Shirk and Viola Shore.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

Bruce J. Shirk

M, b. 3 August 1892, d. July 1970
     Bruce J. Shirk was born on 3 August 1892.1 He was the son of Witmer Hostetter Shirk and Thurzia L. Williamson. Bruce J. Shirk died in July 1970 at Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA, at age 77.2

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 676.
  2. [S89] Social Security Death Index, online www.ancestry.com.

Carl Shirk

M, b. 19 January 1897
     Carl Shirk was born on 19 January 1897.1 He was the son of Charles F. Shirk and Ellen McLaughlin.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy.

Carl I. Shirk

M, b. 18 November 1887, d. May 1968
     Carl I. Shirk was born on 18 November 1887.1 He was the son of Witmer Hostetter Shirk and Thurzia L. Williamson. Carl I. Shirk died in May 1968 at Modesto, Stanislaus Co., CA, at age 80.2

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 676.
  2. [S89] Social Security Death Index, online www.ancestry.com.

Carrie Adella Shirk

F, b. 9 November 1882, d. 22 April 1923
     Carrie Adella Shirk was born on 9 November 1882.1 She was the daughter of William St. Clair Shirk and Georgia Smith. Carrie Adella Shirk died on 22 April 1923 at Hardin Co., IA, at age 40. She was buried in April 1923 at Eldora, Hardin Co., IA.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 670.

Carrie Hewitt Shirk

F, b. 12 April 1863, d. 14 August 1917
     Carrie Hewitt Shirk was born on 12 April 1863.1 She was the daughter of John Stouffer Shirk and Mary Bowles Miller. Carrie Hewitt Shirk married Bernard Taylor Sherbon on 20 December 1883.1 Carrie Hewitt Shirk died on 14 August 1917 at age 54.

Children of Carrie Hewitt Shirk and Bernard Taylor Sherbon

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 670.

Carroll Lee Shirk

M, b. 1 September 1873, d. 15 June 1899
     Carroll Lee Shirk was born on 1 September 1873 at Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Jesse McClure Shirk and Cordelia M. Rahn. Carroll Lee Shirk died on 15 June 1899 at age 25.1 He was buried in June 1899 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy.

Caspar Shirk

M
     Caspar Shirk married Anna Nolt, daughter of Jonas Nolt and Maria Kauffman, circa 1775.

Children of Caspar Shirk and Anna Nolt

Caspar Shirk

M, b. 17 October 1903, d. 25 December 1953
     Caspar Shirk was born on 17 October 1903 at Pennsylvania. He married Bertha C. Martalus on 8 November 1923 at Lebanon Co., PA. Caspar Shirk died on 25 December 1953 at Lebanon, Lebanon Co., PA, at age 50.

Child of Caspar Shirk and Bertha C. Martalus

Catherine Shirk

F, b. 6 October 1801, d. 27 June 1851
     Catherine Shirk was born on 6 October 1801 at Greene Twp., Franklin Co., PA. She was the daughter of Abraham Shirk and Christina Bowman. Catherine Shirk married Abraham Stouffer, son of Jacob Stouffer and Catherine Witmer, on 7 March 1822. Catherine Shirk died on 27 June 1851 at Franklin Co., PA, at age 49. She was buried in June 1851 at Mennonite Cemetery, Stouffer Ave., Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA.

Children of Catherine Shirk and Abraham Stouffer

Charles B. Shirk

M, b. 14 February 1901, d. 21 March 1988
     Charles B. Shirk was born on 14 February 1901.1 He was the son of George Gotshall Shirk and Lillie Bowlby. Charles B. Shirk died on 21 March 1988 at Princeton, Colusa Co., CA, at age 87.2

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 676.
  2. [S89] Social Security Death Index, online www.ancestry.com.

Charles F. Shirk

M, b. 29 December 1869
     Charles F. Shirk lived at New York City, NY. He was born on 29 December 1869.1 He was the son of Jesse McClure Shirk and Cordelia M. Rahn. Charles F. Shirk married Ellen McLaughlin in April 1896.

Child of Charles F. Shirk and Ellen McLaughlin

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy.

Chester Emerson Shirk

M, b. 1 December 1895, d. September 1903
     Chester Emerson Shirk was born on 1 December 1895.1 He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Shirk and Viola Shore. Chester Emerson Shirk died in September 1903 at age 7.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 672.

Christian Shirk

M
     Christian Shirk was born at Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. He was the son of Caspar Shirk and Anna Nolt.