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Arthur Lewis Shull, principal of the Corning high school district, which comprises the Corning and the Los Molinos high schools, is one of the most prominent and favorably known educators of northern California. He has been a resident of Corning since August, 1921, and during the succeeding years has gained for himself a most enviable position in educational affairs and likewise in the civic and social life of his community. He is a widely experienced man in his profession, and his advancement is based upon an exceptionally broad college and university career. An educator of the modern type, he is a close student of the progress of educational thought and methods, which he consistently employs in his own work.


Arthur L. Shull was born in Venango county, Pennsylvania, November 20, 1892, his parents being Newton Dodds and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Shull, also natives of the Keystone state. The father was an oil worker and a contractor for the building of oil derricks. To him and his wife were born four sons, namely; Arthur L., of this review; Ernest C., who was stationed at Nitro, West Virginia, during the World war and who now conducts a shoe store in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was formerly an accountant; Howard William, who is a bank official in Harrisville, Pennsylvania; and Raymond, who is identified with a manufacturing concern of Cleveland, Ohio.


In the acquirement of an education Arthur L. Shull attended the common schools of Verango county and the high school of Grove City, Pennsylvania, and then entered the Findlay College of Findlay, Ohio, from which institution he was graduated in 1916 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He has since received the degree of Master of Arts from Findlay College, and has taken postgraduate work in the summer sessions of Cornell University and the University of California. Following his graduation from Findlay, he first taught for a year in Wharton, Ohio, but resigned to go to Ashtabula, Ohio, as teacher of mathematics in the Harbor high school. Later he was elected principal of that school, remaining one year. He resigned to teach science at Findlay College for a period of three years, and this position he likewise resigned to come to Corning, California, in August, 1921, here to assume the position of principal or district superintendent, as his office may be termed, of the Corning high school district. Each of these high schools, Corning and Los Molinos, comprising the district, has about three hundred students.


On the 7th of June, 1918 at Findlay, Ohio, Mr. Shull was married to Miss Helen Grimm, a daughter of John W. and Alice C. (Miller) Grimm. The father, a native of Pennsylvania, became a successful practicing attorney of Ohio, in which state he passed away. His widow survives him, and makes her home with her daughter at Corning, California. Mr. And Mrs. Shull are the parents of three sons, John Arthur, Charles Blaine and Paul Newton, born in the years 1922, 1924 and 1928, respectively, and a daughter, Alice Elizabeth, born January 28, 1931.


Mr. Shull gives his political support to the republican party and has ever manifested a helpful interest in civic affairs. He did valuable work as a member of the board of education of Tehama county for five years, serving as its president during two years of that period. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Corning, of which he was president for one year and a director for three years, and he attended the international convention of Rotary Clubs at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1925 and Minneapolis in 1928. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian Church of Corning. He has won an extensive circle of warm friends throughout the community, for his salient characteristics are such as commend him to the confidence and esteem of all with whom he comes in contact.


Transcribed by Craig Hahn.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 pgs. 54-55. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

2005 Craig Hahn.




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