Biography of Hiram Shays
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





HIRAM SHAYS came from Cooperstown to Candor when he was twenty years old, and went into the wagon making business at Weltonville with one Chittendon. From there he moved to Nichols and thence to Sulphur Springs; five miles south of Owego. Here he was proprietor of the Springs house about five years, and in 1850 came to Owego. After one year he removed to Canawanna and kept a store below the Owego bridge. About 1866 he moved to a farm in the village, and in the fall of 1870 we find him in the meat business on North avenue. In 1875 he built the large store on the same street and here Mr. Shays was constantly in active business until his death, June 18, 1886. On September 1, 1880, George Shays became partner with his father, and after the death of the latter succeeded to the business, and was its sole proprietor until July, 1891, when he sold out. In November following George Shays opened a broker's office in the village and still is in active business. However, he has been identified with other interests of importance. In 1890, in company with W. E. Dorwin and Clarence Thompson. he established the Owego ice company, and after a.few months became its sole owner. Again, in 1892, he was one of the organizers and the president of the Owego foundry and, malleable iron works, a successful enterprise, with which he was connected two years. The wife of Hiram Shays was Lucinda Stanton. daughter of Daniel and Elmira Stanton, an old and highly respected family of the county. The children born of this marriage were Marietta, who married J. M. Townsend; George, the broker, of Owego; Jonas of Owego: Adalaide, who died at fifteen; James L., who died at twenty one, Albert, who died at twenty; and Annarilla, wife of W. J. Atchison.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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