The Gallia Times Gallipolis Ohio Vol XXIII No. 6 Feb 10, 1921 Almost a year prior to his death, which occurred on Jan. 22, 1921, Mr. George W. Bing wrote an account of his life for publication after his death. In compliance with his request it is herewith presented: Long Beach, California Jan 10 1920 I was born November 8, 1841. I spent most of the early part of my life on a farm near Cheshire, going to the district school three month of the year. When about 16 years of age, the Rev. P. W. Perry, a Free Will Baptist minister, came into out midst and started a select school in what was known then as the Guthrie Hall. I attended this school for seven months the first year. My father having met a disaster financially, said if I would work on the farm in the mornings and evenings, he would pay my tuition and buy my books. This I gladly accepted and tried faithfully to perform my part of the contract. The next year I went six months, to the same principal, at the same place. At the end of that school year I went before the Gallia County Board of Examiners for a certificate to teach school, which I was granted for one year by A. C. Sears, Honorable Alex Vance and Judge David Hebbard. I taught my first school at what was known as Yale College in Addison township, getting for my services for three months $60 and board among scholars. The treasurer of Addison township paid me in Wheeling W. Va. money, which was a discount of 15 per cent. After that I finally paid my own schooling, going again to Rev. R. J. Poston a short time, then one term with Rev. P. W. Perry at Chesire Academy. For eight years, I then, taught winter schools at Turkey Run, Scott Run, Old Kyger, Carlton and Faneull Hall. At the age of eighteen, my thoughts were turned to a religious life. At a meeting, with help by my former teachers. P. W. Perry and R. J. Poston at Old Kyger Baptist Church, I was converted. For two years, I led the life outside the church but in believing that in union, there is strength, two years later, under the preaching of Rev. O. E. Baker, I was baptized and taken into full connection with the first Kyger F. W. Baptist Church. In the year 1865, June 8, I was married to Samantha C. Coughenour by Rev. O. E. Baker. To this union were born six children --Lottie B Clark, J. Ed Bing, Anna J. Gee, Lora A. Carl, Dana G. Bing, and Harry B. Bing. After 43 years of happy married life, my dear wife was taken and the family ties broken. I have always tried to be loyal and true to my country. I served in the 16th Ohio Battalion, Company A., National Guard, for two years. In 1864 the Governor of Ohio issued an order to consolidate the different battalions into regiments. Our regiment was the 141st Ohio. Then the governor ... into the U.S. service and only one company in the state refused to enter service for 100 days. My company and I served in was Company D. I spent 73 years of my life on the Ohio River in Gallia County, Ohio. I came to California in 1915, and have been a resident of Long Beach ever since. On June 15, 1915, I was united in marriage to Addie Raiston by Red James H. Lash with whom I have lived a pleasant life.