EDWARD A. SHAW.
EDWARD A. SHAW, dealer in lumber, sash, doors and blinds, Atlantic, Iowa, is foremost among the enterprising business men of this place.
Mr. Shaw is a native of New England, born in Massachusetts, May 14, 1851, son of George S. and Mary (Ross) Shaw, natives of the "Green Mountain State" and descendants of English ancestors. His father is now a prominent lumber merchant and manufacturer of Minnesota. Edward A. is the second son and was the second born in their family of six children, and when he was thirteen years old the family moved out to Iowa and located at Davenport. In that city he completed his schooling and learned the trade of carpenter of his father, and on attaining manhood entered into partnership with his father. For nine years they were engaged in business together at Davenport. During that time they proved themselves prominent factors in the building up and beautifying of the city, and as showing the magnitude of their work we state that in one hundred months of this period they averaged building one house per month. They made three additions to Davenport, known as the Shaw additions.
On disposing of his interests in Davenport, Mr. Shaw came to Atlantic and engaged in the same business here, forming a partnership with Mr. Crombie, with whom he has since been associated, and has from the first done thriving business here. In addition to their establishment in Atlantic, they have branch offices and lumber yards located at the following named places, all in Cass county: Lewis, Griswold, Wiota and Lorah.
Mr. Shaw was married September, 1874, to Emma Harvey, a native of Buffalo, New York, and a daughter of Judge Harvey, of Cedar Rapids. They have two charming daughters, Leila and Mary. Mr. Shaw's residence is, without exception, the finest in Atlantic, and in their delightful home he and his family are surrounded with all the comforts and luxuries of life.
Fraternally he is identified with the F. & A. M., and maintains a membership in the lodge, chapter and commandery, all of Atlantic. His political views are those advance by the Republican party, with which party he has acted ever since he was a voter.
From A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa, Volume II, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896, pp. 743-744. Transcribed July, 2015 by Cheryl Siebrass.