Biography of Albert R. Shaw
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Albert R. Shaw, who is devoting his attention to the pursuits of farming and stock raising in Jackson township, was born in Knox county, Illinois, on the 28th of June, 1848, his parents being Samuel and Susan D. (Maxfield) Shaw, further mention of whom is made in the sketch of E. M. Shaw, a brother of our subject, which appears on another page of this volume. Albert R. Shaw attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and remained at home until sixteen years of age, when with patriotic zeal he enlisted for service in the Union army as a member of Company F, Eighth Illinois Infantry. He was wounded in the battle of Mobile and also participated in a number of skirmishes, loyally fighting for the interests of the Union until the close of hostilities. He was honorably discharged at Springfield, Illinois, on the 16th of February, 1866, and returning to Washington county, Iowa, has here since continued to reside. He now operates one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 35, Jackson township, and also makes a specialty of raising, feeding and shipping stock, meeting with a commendable and gratifying measure of prosperity in his undertakings.

In June, 1876, Mr. Shaw was united in marriage to Miss Minerva A. Davis, whose birth occurred in Licking county, Ohio, October 4, 1848, her parents being Lewis F. and Sarah (Hannahs) Davis, the former a native of West Virginia and the latter of Licking county, Ohio. In 1865 Mr. and Mrs. Davis removed to Rock Island county, Illinois, where they remained for two years and in 1867 came to Washington county, Iowa, locating in Jackson township and here remaining until called to their final rest. Lewis F. Davis passed away in December, 1882, while his wife's demise occurred in February, 1893. Their family numbered six children, namely: Melville, deceased; Mrs. Shaw; Russell, who is a resident of Washington county; Virginia and Milford, who have likewise passed away; and Harley, of Denver, Colorado. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have been born six children, as follows: Virginia, who is deceased; Grace E., who is a graduate of the academy at Washington, Iowa, and has taught school for eight years; Fred, likewise a graduate of that institution, who resides at home; Gertrude M., who is also a graduate of the academy at Washington and is now engaged in teaching; Floyd, who was graduated from the same school in 1909; and Alvin, at home.

In his political views Mr. Shaw is a stanch republican and has served in the position of township trustee, while at the present time he is president of the school board. He still maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in G. A. R. Post, No. 108. His wife was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, the teachings of which she exemplifies in her daily life. In all relations Mr. Shaw has proven himself worthy the confidence and good will which are so uniformly accorded him and has won an extensive circle of friends in this county during the long period of his residence here.

From:
History of Washington County, Iowa
From the First White Settlement to 1908
Vol II
BY: Howard A. Burrell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1909


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