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.
JACOB E. SHAW, who resides about
two miles west from Hesseltine, was born in Preble county, Ohio.
His father, John T. Shaw, was born in Kentucky, of English descent, and
came with his parents to Ohio when a child. He was a prominent citizen
of his section and a worthy man. The mother of Jacob E. Shaw was
Seraphine (Fudge) Shaw, a native of Preble county, Ohio. She is descended
from a very prominent and patriotic family. Her grandfather, Gasper
Poterff, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and with her father, Captain
Jacob Fudge, fought in the war of 1812. Many members of the family,
were prominent and wealthy people. Our subject was educated in the
public schools of Ohio, and in 1880, entered the northern Indiana normal
school where he completed his educational training. Two years later,
he came to Oregon, and for one year thereafter, was busy looking the country
over. He finally decided to locate in Lincoln county, and accordingly
took timberculture, preemption and homestead claims, which made him about
four hundred and eighty acres of fine wheat land. He owns this at the present
time and has it well improved. Mr. Shaw devotes himself to stock
raising as well as farming and has some fine Hambletonian horses and shorthorn
cattle. He has a good residence and all improvements needed on this
farm. Mr. Shaw was no exception to the ordinary pioneer when coming
here, and he landed in Lincoln county without any means and was forced
to borrow money to make his filings. His nearest post office was
seventy-five miles away. He was obliged to work out to improve his
farm and he plodded along until fortune began to favor him and he is now
one of the wealthy men residing in Lincoln county. Mr. Shaw has two
brothers, Sherman, a retired farmer, and George W., now deceased.
He was formerly a farmer in Lincoln county.