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Oscar Leonard SHEARS

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  • Name Oscar Leonard SHEARS 
    Died 1942  Died 8 weeks later. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 12 May 1942  Lansing,Ingham Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Notes 
    • He was named after both of his grandfathers.

      There was a story I, Marcia Shears, heard about this child from my grandfather's third wife, Mabel, after my grandfather had died. This is what she said:
      Her and grandpa, Kenneth Shears, were in Woolsworth in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, when they saw a lady who looked like grandpa Kenneth's daughter Lila (my aunt). Grandpa got very upset and said that they had to leave. Later on this is the story that he told her about why it had upset him so much. All of grandma Verna's other children had been born at home but this one was born in the hospital. Grandpa Kenneth Shears and taken his wife, Verna, to the hospital and then returned home to care for his other children so he was not there during the birth of the child. His wife Verna said that she had given birth to a baby girl but when she brought the baby home it was a boy. They returned to the hospital but were told that this was the only baby born that day. Verna told her husband that she suspected that because she had 5 health children and her child was exchanged with someone who had a sickly child. This child was very sick and in fact he died about 8 weeks after he was born.

      My dad, Luther Shears, told me another story. He said the baby was very sick and he was in some sort of tent at home. The children were told to not to disturb the baby because he was sick but he was very curious and kept lifting the tent to look at the baby. When the baby died, he blamed himself and thought that the death was his fault.

      BIRTH: He was born at Sparrow Hospital.
    Person ID I43  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 16 August 2004 

    Father Kenneth Henry SHEARS,   b. 30 March 1910, Gunplains Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 November 1970, Grand Rapids,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Verna Fern BALDWIN,   b. 5 October 1914, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 March 1959, Cedar Springs,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 24 August 1935  Plainwell,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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