George Suhr

George Suhr or Schurr, as it is some times spelled was the step-son of Black Jack Higging, the famous railroad track layer for the S. P. Company. Suhr was a blacksmith by trade but he worked in many mining camps of this county, one of them being the Milkmaid Mine near Frech Gulch.
Suhr is remembered because he was the only passenger on the Redding and Weaverville stage when Charles and John Ruggles (the Ruggles Brothers) held it up near Shasta City, on May 17, 1892. Suhr was sitting on the front seat beside driver John Boyce when Charley Ruggles shot at them with a shotgun. Boyce and Suhr were both shot in the legs.
Shotgun messenger Amos "Buck" Montgomery, was inside the stage, and was shot and killed from behind by one of the Ruggles Brothers. Pioneer George Suhr died in October of 1898, when he dropped dead in Harry Hill's Alta lodginghouse in Redding, a friend Sam Fisher was with him when Suhr died.

Contributed by Jeremy M. Tuggle
Resource: The Daily Free Press, Thursday, October 6, 1898. Obituary of George Suhr.

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