Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ABRAM SHAW. The farm of
Abram Shaw lies three-fourths of a mile south of Moscow, Washington.
Mr. Shaw purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land where he lives
in the fall of 1897, and three years later three hundred acres adjoining.
All of his land is tillable and in a high state of cultivation. He
has a good house, fine orchard and elaborate out-of-door improvements,
including a blacksmith shop and an ice house. He derives plenty of
water from a well, having water piped into his house, barn and corral,
and has plenty of stock and farm machinery, including a large steam threshing
outfit. All this he has accumulated since coming to the Big Bend
a poor man.
Abram Shaw, the son of David and Mary (Davis)
Shaw, both natives of Ontario, Canada, was himself born in Ontario, July
4, 1871. His father is now living near Moscow in his fifty-ninth
year, while his mother is dead. The brothers and sisters of Mr. Shaw
are, James, Albert, David N., William C., Mrs. Mary E. Woodruff, now deceased,
Irene and Myrtle.
At the age of twelve Mr. Shaw came with his
parents to Bay City, Michigan, where he grew to manhood, employed for the
most part in the various sawmills roundabout. In the spring of 1892
he went to Portland, Oregon, thence to Puget sound and then to the Slocan
mining district. He later took employment as a spiker on the construction
of the Great Northern railroad between Wenatchee and the coast. In
January, 1893, he came to Davenport. He cut wood north of the city,
worked on a farm, rented land and farmed for himself and worked at various
occupations here until buying his present home.
On December 22, 1895, occurred the marriage
of Abram Shaw to Miss Lottie Long, a native of Sebastian county, Arkansas.
Her father was George Long, a native of Tennessee, who was one of the "forty-niners"
of California. He later returned to Arkansas, and was a pioneer of
Lincoln county, Washington. He died in 1903. Mrs. Shaw's mother
is Nettie (Phillips) Long, now living near Moscow. The following
are the brothers and sisters of Mr. Shaw: Ella, Isabel, wife of Thomas
Talkington; Lee; and Mace.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have three children, Everett
Chester, Vernon Abram, and Virgil Garnett.