Biography of Robert Shields
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





ROBERT SHIELDS, one of New Bedford's representative business men, a partner in the well known firm of Sheriff & Shields, lumber manufacturers and. sawmill operators, is also, to some degree, interested in agricultural pursuits in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County, where he was born, March 7, 1838. His parents were John and Sarah (Smart) Shields.

John Shields was a son of Joim Shields, who was born in Ireland and lived but a few years after emigrating to America. His son was reared in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and came to Pulaski Township as one of the early settlers, where he lived until his death in 1867. He was twice married and two of his children survive, Robert and Thomas H., both residents of New Bedford.

Robert Shields grew to manhood in Pulaski Township and attended the White Oak Springs and the Deer Creek SchooLs and later the Canfield Academy at Canfield, Ohio. During all his business life, since 1861, he has been interested in the lumber industry and formerly was a inember of the firm of Cole & Shields, which gave place to the present firm some years later. He is an authority in this line of work.

In 1861 Mr. Shields was married to Sarah C. McCready, of Pulaski Township, who died in May, 1893. They had three children: Frank O., Joshua J. and Samuel S. Mr. Shields is an elder in the Hopewell Presbyterian Church at New Bedford. In politics, he is a Republican and has been somewhat active and has served as judge of elections and as school director.


From:
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Pennsylvania
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908


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