Charles G. Shaffer has been largely interested in developing the natural resources of Missouri, and his labors
in that direction have contributed not alone to his individual prosperity, but have also largely promoted the material
interests of the state. He was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, where he was also reared and educated. From
his native place he came to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1886, casting in his lot among the settlers of this locality,
and he has ever since taken an active and laudable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community.
In 1886 he had charge of the Paxton ground at Joplin, where he remained for one year, and then came to Prosperity,
Jasper county, serving as superintendent of the Troup mines, which were located on land which his brother, William
Shaffer, had purchased and afterward sold to the Jasper County Mining & Operating Company. Mr. Shaffer spent
eleven years in their employ, on the expiration of which period he began mining operations on his own account,
and by close application to business and untiring effort he has risen to a high position in the ranks of his chosen
When the trouble between the north and the south arose Mr. Shaffer loyally responded to the call to arms, enlisting,
in 1861, in the Fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in which he served for three months. His brother, John F.
Shaffer, was also a member of the Union army during that memorable struggle,
For a companion on the journey of life Mr. Shaffer chose Miss Eliza Hummell, a daughter of David Hummell, deceased.
He owned one hundred and sixty acres of farming and mining land adjoining the famous Troup property. He was a native
of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and his death occurred in 1880. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer has been blessed
with two children, Harvey and Edith. The family occupy a prominent position in social circles, and Mr. and Mrs.
Shaffer have a circle of friends almost coextensive with their circle of acquaintances.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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