John "Jack" Leroy Sharrer
Page by Liz Sharrer with Contributions from Bob Leathers
August 6, 1920: John "Jack" Sharrer was born in Dubois, Pennsylvania to Otto Guy and Matilda (Stebner) Sharrer.
1920 October 26: Sue Elizabeth Irwin was born in Ishpeming, Michigan.
1929: The talking movies came to Hanna when Thomas Love equipped the Hanna Theater with an R. C. A. Photophone machine.
1929: The Union Pacific Coal Company in Hanna received a Lindbergh Citation from the famous Charles Lindbergh for painting the building name on the roof of each of their buildings.
1930: Jack, age 10, was living with his parents in Hanna, Wyoming and attended school there.
1930: The average Hanna Miner made $7.00 a day in wages.
1933 September: The total enrollment of the Hanna High School was 155 students. This number included: 10 postgraduates, 25 seniors, 17 juniors, 27 sophomores, 24 freshmen and 52 Jr. High students.
1932 October 2: The Hanna Miners' Monument, carved by Hugh Renny, was erected in honor of the men who lost their lives in the two disasters of the No. 1 Mine.
1936: Steamboat, the bucking horse, first appeared on the Wyoming license plates.
1937: John "Jack Sharrer graduated from High School in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
1944 November 23: John "Jack" Sharrer, age 24, married Sue Elizabeth Irwin in Michigan.
2007 December 13: Jack died in Aurora, Colorado at the age of 87 and buried in Denver, Colorado.
2013 April 8: Sue Elizabeth (Irwin) Sharrer died in Denver, Colorado at the age of 92 and buried in Denver, Colorado.
My dad, Jack Sharrer (who grew up in Hanna and who also became a mining engineer) left my grandfather’s transit to me and my sisters. His transit was used in surveying in all the Wyoming mines in which O.G. worked over his career. It’s a beautiful instrument, as you can see from some of the photos attached.
We are interested in donating the transit and tripod to your museum, which would bring it back to the place it was used for many years. If it could be displayed that would be great, although I understand your display space may be limited. We live in Denver and could certainly bring it to Hanna at some point, maybe this spring or summer. (Liz Sharrer)