George M. Bohnert
George M. Bohnert was born May 21, 1862, in Buffalo, N. Y., where he acquired his education, in the public schools, and where he still continues to make his home. The birth of his father, John B. Bohnert, occurred in the north of France, near the Belgian frontier, whence when four years old he was brought to America by his parents, who located in Buffalo, making their home there for some years. The father spent the greater part of his life on the lakes, retiring in 1844, and he is still living in Buffalo, a police pensioned officer.
During his youth George M. Bohnert learned the machinist's trade. At the age of nineteen, however, he went on the Winslow, of the Anchor line, as oiler, in which position he remained only a part of one season, being obliged to return home on account of sickness in the family. He spend the next season as oiler on the Idaho, of the Western Transportation Company, and the following three years as first assistant engineer on the Colorado. He was then on the Wyoming as second engineer for two years, and after seven seasons spent upon the Florida as first assistant, he returned to the Wyoming in 1895 as chief engineer, which position he is still acceptably filling.
Mr. Bohnert was married May 15, 1893, to Miss Agnes L. Percy, of Buffalo, and they now have a pleasant home in that city at No. 130 Sage avenue. Fraternally he is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association of Buffalo, and of Buffalo Encampment No. 46, I. O. O. F.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.