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Notes for George Charles Baer:

From unidentified clipping (probably from The Sohioan in 1960-61):

George Baer, 78-year Sohioan, Dies

No. 1 Refinery Annuitant George C. Baer, a Sohioan for 78 years, died Nov. 17 in Bradenton, Fla. Services for the 91-year-old Sohioan were held in Cleveland on Nov. 21. Mr. Baer, who retired in 1929 after 46 years of active service, was Sohio's oldest employee in years of service. In 1957 he was awarded his 75-year pin and became the only Sohioan qualified to wear that insignia.

Born in Cleveland on May 24, 1869, George became a Sohioan in July 1882, starting as a warehouse clerk at No. 1 Refinery. He spent his entire 46 years with Sohio at No. 1 Refinery, and at the time of his retirement he had risen to yard foreman, supervising about 200 men.

George was one of three generations to serve Sohio. His father was employed at No. 2 Refinery for about 40 years. George's son Carl was for nearly 30 years a Sohioan. Carl was manager of Mansfield Sales Division at his death in 1948.

In retirement George had enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and watching baseball teams in spring training near his Florida home. For many years he sold insurance as an avocation.

George's wife Laura died in 1957 at age 87. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Amanda G. Betzner, with whom he had been living in Florida; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carl J. Baer; a grandson Carl; and a brother John.

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From unidentified newspaper clipping (probably Bradenton, FL), circa 1959:

AS AN ANNUITANT, EX-EMPLOYE

George Baer Still On Standard Oil's Payroll After 77 Years

By KENT CHETLAIN, Herald Staff Writer

Ninty-year-old George Baer, of 4114 Riverview Blvd. W., has been on the payroll of Standard Oil Company longer than any present or former employee.

For the past 77 years Baer has been an employee and an annuitant of Standard Oil.

"I don't believe there is a single employee of Standard Oil that has as many years both as an employee or annuitant," the surprising clear thinking Baer said.

Baer spent 47 years working for Standard before retiring 30 years ago on a company pension.

"I quit school when I was 13 to go to work for Standard Oil Company. That was in 1882. I began as an office boy. Because I could make more money working in the company's Cleveland, Ohio, shops, I asked to be transferred to the warehouse where I worked up to be a foreman at the time of my retirement in 1929."

Not content with his earnings in the daytime at Standard, industrious Baer began selling life insurance with American United Life Insurance Co. in 1897. He received a 60-year service plaque from United for continous service two years ago.

"Of course I have not been actively engaged in selling insurance all that time," Baer explains. "Actually, they consider you are still an employee so long as the policyholders you have sold policies to are still paying premiums."

After his retirement from Standard Oil in 1929, Baer went into the real estate business for a time in Cleveland, in addition to carrying on his insurance business.

LIVES WITH BETZNERS

Since the death of his wife, Laura, two years ago in St. Petersburg, Baer has lived in Bradenton with his daughter and her husband, Amanda and W. G. Betzner.

Currently, Betzner and Bradenton contractor Bert Schaf are in Abaco Island, Bahamas, building a motel.

Reflecting on his experience with Standard Oil, Baer recalls that despite his length of service at the main office, and despite the fact he joined the company in its infancy, he never met or saw its founder, John D. Rockefeller.

"I went to work for the company only seven years after it was founded, but never in all those years I spent with them did I run into Rockefeller."

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From unidentified newspaper clipping, circa 1957:

Retired, He Gets 75-Year Service Pin From Sohio

George C. Baer, 88, of 15810 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, has been retired since 1929.

He was honored yesterday as the first employe in the history of the Standard Oil Co. of Ohio ever to receive a 75-year service pin.

Baer, who went to work for Sohio in 1882, when he was 13, qualifies as one of Greater Cleveland's longest pensioners.

"I feel like 88," he said when reached by telephone yesterday. "But retirement has worked out all right for me.

"I didn't enjoy it at first. I didn't know what to do with myself."

Baer, who retired as a labor foreman for Sohio, with more than 200 men under his supervision, found the answer in selling life insurance.

He gave that up about 10 years ago and now enjoys his winters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In the summers Baer lives with a daughter, Mrs. W. G. Betzner.

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From Cleveland News, June 28, 1957:

Gets 75-Year Service Pin

The first 75-year service pin in the company's history has been presented to George C. Baer by Clyde T. Foster, president of the Standard Oil Company of Ohio. Baer, who divides his time between his Shaker Heights residence at 15810 Van Aken Boulevard and St. Petersburg, Fla., began work with Sohio in 1882 in Cleveland as a storehouse clerk. He retired in 1929 as labor foreman, and has maintained his interest in the company . . .

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Retired, He Gets 75-Year Service Pin From Sohio

George C. Baer, 88, of 15810 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, has been retired since 1929.

He was honored yesterday as the first employe in the history of the Standard Oil Co. of Ohio ever to receive a 75-year service pin.

Baer, who went to work for Sohio in 1882, when he was 13, qualifies as one of Greater Cleveland's longest pensioners.

"I feel like 88," he said when reached by telephone yesterday. "But retirement has worked out all right for me.

"I didn't enjoy it at first. I didn't know what to do with myself."

Baer, who retired as a labor foreman for Sohio, with more than 200 men under his supervision, found the answer in selling life insurance.

He gave that up about 10 years ago and now enjoys his winters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In the summers Baer lives with a daughter, Mrs. W. G. Betzner.

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From article in The Sohioan (Sept. 1937): "Sohio Sandlot Stars Tell Tales of Triumph", describing the 1919 world industrial amateur baseball championship series, won by the Standard Oil Red Crowns: Photograph of Carl J. Baer was captioned "Carl Baer was the 'hot corner' marvel in 1919 when he was only 18 years of age."

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From The Sohioan (Dec. 1930, p. 27):

The Three Baers--and then some

It won't be long now until Carl Baer, Jr., (the teeny-weeny Baer), age five months, will be climbing up on Papa Baer's (the great, big Baer) knee and asking what it is all about. No doubt, he will be surprised to learn that he occupies a unique position in the great Sohio family. His forefathers for three generations have served Standard Oil, with Mother Baer (the middle-sized Baer) thrown in to "boot"!

Can any other Sohio baby boast of such a distinguished line of progenitors?

Carl Junior's great grandfather, George C. Baer, Senior, (deceased), spent 30 years under the Standard banner. Grandpa George Baer, Junior, (retired), served the same "Standard" for 46 years. Daddy Carl Baer, Senior, assistant service station manager in Cleveland Division, has been a Sohioan for 11 years, to date, and Mother Edna Jacobson Baer, (known to her former associates as "Jake") was in our company's employ for eight years in the Cleveland office, prior to her marriage.

This record of 95 years of Sohio service among Junior's antecedents is one of which his parents are exceedingly proud, and already Papa Baer is coaching the little fellow on the 11 points of service, in order to maintain the family tradition.

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From undated clipping from the Sohioan (ca. 1948):

Carl J. Baer, Mansfield Division Manager, died in the Mansfield General Hospital, Sunday, October 9, following a week's illness.

Employed by Sohio in 1919, he was the third generation in his family to work for Standard Oil. His grandfather, George Baer, Senior, worked for 24 years at No. Two Refinery in Cleveland, and his father, George Baer, Junior, now a Sohio annuitant, spent 46 years at the No. One Refinery.

Also a part of this unusual Sohio family tradition, Mr. Baer's wife, (nee, Edna May Jacobson) had been a Home Office Sohioan prior to her marriage. Another survivor is his son, Carl, Junior, age 18, who is now a university freshman.

During his Sohio career Mr. Baer held a variety of posts that included refinery work, construction department duties, managerial duties in the Cleveland Division, and Operations Manager in Home Office Marketing. He was appointed division manager at Mansfield in 1944.

He loved flowers, and liked to garden in his yard whenever it was possible. He was a member of the Congregational Church and the Rotary Club at Mansfield.

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From: Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #003 (Date: Oct 11 1948; Source: Plain Dealer):

Baer, Carl J., beloved husband of Edna (nee Jacobson); father of Carl, jr.; son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Baer; brother of Mrs. Amanda Baer Betzner at Mansfield, O; Sunday, Oct. 10. Friends may call at A. Nosek & Sons Funeral Home, 3282 E. 55 St., where services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 2 p. m.

Notes for EDNA MAY JACOBSON:

From "Coins of Wisdom", Newsletter of the Cuyahoga County Treasurer's Office, September 28, 1962:

TIP OF THE HAT to EDNA BAER

It is with great honor that we tip the hat your way, Edna.

It is with regret, however, that we have learned of your planned retirement on November 1st. This was quite a surprise to all who have had the pleasure of your company and quiet, easy going, unassuming leadership in the Bookkeeping Department.

Edna Baer was put in charge of the Bookkeeping Department after the retirement of her predecessor, John Folk, who retired June 1st.

Edna came to work in the Treasurer's office under the late Treasurer Leslie R. Monroe on December 1, 1949. She has been in the Bookkeeping department during all that time.

Edna was a graduate of South High School in Cleveland. Her husband, the late Carl George, passed away in 1948. He was employed as a District Manager of Standard Oil Company at the time of his death. Edna and her husband were married in 1926. His father had worked for the same company for 76 years. He passed away in 1961 at the age of 92.

Edna, has one son, Carl Thomas, who is in the Advertising and Marketing department for the Elyria Division of American Brake Shoe Co.

Edna states that she intends to get some fun out of life while she is able, and hopes that some day she may be able to take a trip around the world. She lives at 3057 West 160 St., Cleveland 11.

You will be sorely missed, Edna, and we all express our very best wishes for a most enjoyable retirement.