Biography of Jonas Shays
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





JONAS SHAYS, was born April 26, 1855, son of Hiram and Lucinda (Stanton) Shays. He left school at the age of eighteen and entered his father's store as book keeper, which position he held until 1880 when he started in the grocery business. He continued in that business for twelve years when he sold out and entered into a partnership in wholesale groceries, under the firm name of Shays & Leahy. Mr. Shays continued in that business for one year, when he sold. out and was appointed postmaster of Owego, on June 28, 1893. This was the year during the factional contest in New York politics and many New York postmasters appointed by President Cleveland were not confirmed by congress. Mr. Shays was reappointed postmaster immediately after the adjournment of congress, on November 6, 1893, and held over until December 1, 1894, when his brother in law, Wm. J. Atchison, received the appointment of postmaster and appointed Mr. Shays his assistant. Mr. Shays has always taken an active part in politics and cast his first vote for Samuel J. Tilden. He held the office of town clerk for three successive times; was supervisor one year and also served on the board of trustees for the village of Owego one year. Mr. Shays was married November 4, 1885, with Ruth H. Barnes, born September 17, 1862, a daughter of Reed A. and Eliza Champlin Barnes. They have three children living; Laura W. Shays, born June 27, 1888, Wellington Barnes Shays, born July 29, 1890, and Clarence Stanton Shays, born November 18, 1894.

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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