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On the roster of public officials in San Bernardino county appears the name of Ernest T. Shay, the capable county sheriff, who has to his credit a long and unsullied record as a peace officer. He was born in San Bernardino, California, April 5, 1890, his father being John J. Shay, a native of El Monte, this state, and a pioneer cattleman, now deceased. The mother of Ernest T. Shay is Mrs. Imogene (Atwood) Shay, representative of a prominent pioneer family. She still survives, as do her three sons, Henry J., Lester and Ernest T.

The grade and high schools of his native city afforded Ernest T. Shay the educational advantages which he enjoyed in his youth. He early became identified with ranching interests and in 1918 was made deputy sheriff under his uncle, Walter A. Shay, thus serving for thirteen years. On the 10th of August, 1931, he became county sheriff, in which important position he has served most acceptably to the present time, proving a worthy successor of his honored uncle, whose record of thirty years as peace officer won him more than local fame. A review of the career of Walter A. Shay may be found in another part of this work in connection with the sketch of his son, Emmett L. Shay.

Ernest T. Shay saw active service in the World war as line sergeant of Company L, Three Hundred and Sixty-first Infantry, with which he was sent overseas, participating in many battles on the St.Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and various other fronts. He was honorably discharged December 22, 1919, and he is a member of the American Legion.

In October, 1917, Mr. Shay was united in marriage to Miss Estelle Reno, of Detroit, Michigan, daughter of Ezra and Eliza Reno.






Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: California of the South Vol. II, by John Steven McGroarty, Page 479, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 Cecelia M. Setty.