James Wilson Shaw, of Ashland, is one of the leading funeral directors of Ashland County, where he has followed
his profession for the past 20 years. He was born on a farm east of Savannah, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1866, the son of John
and Ann (Lindsay) Shaw.
The Shaw family came to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1818 and were among the first settlers of Savannah. John Shaw
was born here and spent his entire life in this section as a farmer. He died in 1906 and his wife died in 1918.
Both are buried in Savannah Cemetery. Ann (Lindsay) Shaw was born in Ruggles Township, Ashland County, and was
of Scotch ancestry. To Mr. and Mrs. Shaw were born two sons: James Wilson, the subject of this sketch; and Robert
Nelson, who is a pharmacist in charge of the drug department of Akron City Hospital. He served in France throughout
the World War, and his son, Harry, also was in the service.
James Wilson Shaw lived on his father's farm during his early life and attended the public schools of Savannah,
also being a graduate of Savannah Academy. As a young man he became interested in the drug business at Savannah
in partnership with his brother, and they continued in business for a period of 14 years. Mr. Shaw then took up
the study of embalming in Columbus under the direction of Prof. Clark, and in 1892 obtained his license at Cleveland.
It was numbered 309A, which indicates the fact that Mr. Shaw was among the first few hundred to be licensed in
Ohio. He disposed of his business interests at Savannah in 1911 and at that time located in Ashland, where he has
since been well known as a funeral director. His funeral home and chapel are located at Washington and Center streets.
Mr. Shaw was married (first) in 1888 to Miss Mary Gibson of Savannah, who died in 1916. She was the daughter of
John and Catherine (Grissinger) Gibson, both deceased. To this union was born one daughter, Edna, who is the wife
of Ralph Moore, of Ashland. Mr. Shaw was married (second) in 1918 at Ashland to Minnie (Hoover) Denbow, who was
born in Muskingum County, Ohio, May 25, 1885, the daughter of Arthur C. and Adeline (McDaniel) Hoover. The former
died in 1926 and the latter in 1890. By a former marriage Mrs. Shaw has three children: 1. Dorothy Faye, born in
1907, a graduate of Ashland High School, class of 1925, lives at home. 2. Harry Wilbur, born in 1909, a graduate
of Ashland High School, class of 1927, lives at Painesville, Ohio. 3. Gladys Vera, born in 1912, a graduate of
Ashland High School, class of 1930.
Mr. Shaw is a Republican and served as a member of the Ohio State Legislature from 1921 until 1924. He holds membership
in the Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree. He also belongs to the Lions
Club and Ashland Country Club.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
Names A to C
Names D to G
Names H to K
Names L to P
Names Q to S
Names T to Z
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