Biography of Martin R. Shaw
Riverside County, CA Biographies





MARTIN R. SHAW
The colonization of Riverside begun in 1870 through the efforts of resourceful and prosperous men from the east, early assumed an appearance sufficiently inviting to attract hither permanent settlers from all portions of the country. Among those who came to this district in the year 1873 was Mrs. Rebecca (Russell) Shaw, a native of Madison county, Ind., her husband having died there. With her came her son, Martin R., and three other children. Martin R. was born in White county, Ind., February 19, 1862, and had passed the first eight years of life in his native commonwealth, removing in 1870 to Iowa with other members of the family circle. During the brief period of his residence in Iowa he attended the public schools, but after three years in that state he accompanied his mother in her removal to Southern California, whose possibilities for horticultural enterprises were beginning to attract attention from home seekers.

Although only eleven years of age at the time of his removal to the west, Martin R. Shaw felt the necessity of earning his own livelihood and with that end in view he hired out,as a laborer on a ranch operated by his uncles, P. S. & W. P. Russell. There he continued for six years, meanwhile learning much concerning the soil of the district and its possibilities through careful cultivation. At the expiration of six years he left the ranch and returned to Riverside, where he earned the trade of painter, and this occupation he followed for six years. Four years after leaving the painting business he began to work in an orange packing house, an occupation that brought him a comfortable support during the four ensuing years. For eleven subsequent years he conducted a cigar business and relinquished the same in order to fill the office of chief of police at Riverside, serving from April, 1906, to June 1, 1907. At the expiration of his term at the head of the force he embarked in the livery business and since then has been the sole proprietor of the O. K. stables, conducting a large trade in the line of his specialty.

The family residence is under the wise management of Mrs. Shaw, formerly Miss Carrie Schroeder, a native of New York state and a daughter of Jacob Schroeder. She received a fair education at Riverside, where she was married July 15, 1895. Three children comprise the family circle. Louise M. and Agnes, attend the public schools of Riverside. The only son, Eugene, is a bright boy of six years. The political affiliations of Mr. Shaw bring him into sympathy and helpful cooperation with the Democratic party and he uniformly votes that ticket, but he has never been a leader in politics nor has he sought official preferment, the only position he has accepted having been tendered him, not for political reasons, but through his recognized qualifications to fill its requirements. Various fraternal organizations receive the benefit of his active cooperation, among these being the Independent of Order of Odd Fellows, and the Woodmen of the World.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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