Edward M Shaul


EDWARD M. SHAUL, merchant and postmaster at Manorville, Armstrong county was born Feb. 21, 1868, in Madison township, this county, son of Andrew and Mary (Truby) Shaul, and grandson of John Shaul.

John Shaul was one of the pioneers of Armstrong county, probably settling here in 1800. He married Margaret McCoy and they had four sons: Isaac, Peter, Joseph and Andrew.

Andrew Shaul was born Jan. 1, 1816, along Crooked creek, in Armstrong county, Pa., the youngest son of John and Margaret Shaul. When but thirteen years of age he left home to seek his fortune in the outside world, finding his way into the pine regions and engaging in the lumber business along the Clarion river. For four years he followed the life of a riverman, pushing keelboats, transporting freight and supplies up the Allegheny and Clarion rivers to points in the lumber country. The trips were long and laborsome, the boatmen being obliged at the Armstrong, Reynolds and Portland dams to unload their cargoes, and carry both them and the boats over the dams, reload, and resume their journey.

Andrew Shaul built the first hotel on the Brookville and Olean turnpike road after it was completed, locating it near Sigel, Jefferson county, and conducting it for several years. Following that he formed a partnership with Joseph Irwin, and they went into business at Spring Creek, on the Clarion river. Later Mr. Shaul alone operated two sawmills and a boatyard at Clear Creek, and pursued his business as far down the river as Cincinnati. He was one of the owners of the "Allegheny Clipper," one of the first steamboats that went up the Allegheny.

For a time Mr. Shaul was also engaged in the oil business, but did not continue it long, in June, 1859, taking up his residence on his farm at the mouth of Red Bank creek, which he had purchased from Richard Reynolds. There he resided, interested in agricultural pursuits, until he embarked in the mercantile business at East Brady. In 1882 he moved to Manorville and became one of that town's leading business men and successful merchants, retiring in 1902. His long and useful life came to a peaceful close at his home in Manorville Aug. 5, 1909, following an illness of a month's duration, the infirmities incident to old age being the cause of his death. He was interred in the Kittanning cemetery. For sixty-two years he had been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Andrew Shaul married Mary Magdalena Truby, who was born in Jefferson county, and (second) Mrs. Mary F. Williams, of East Brady, the latter dying April 20, 1910. Eight of his children are deceased, the following surviving: Edward M., of Manorville; Joseph and James, of Springdale; Thomas, of Oil City; Curtis, of Pittsburgh; and Harry, of Shelocta, Pa. He left forty grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren.

Edward M. Shaul attended public school at East Brady, in Clarion county, and later the Manorville schools, subsequently having two years of instruction at the Clarion Seminary, after which he engaged in the mercantile business at Manorville, with his father. Following the latter's retirement he continued in business alone. In July, 1903, he was first appointed postmaster at that place, and is now serving under his second appointment.

On July 24, 1889, Mr. Shaul was married to Mary A. Peters, daughter of Harry Peters, and they have three children: Andrew F., Beulah V. and Jenifer E. Mr. Shaul and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of the board of stewards. For a number of years he has been associated with the Odd Fellows.

Source: Pages(s) 707-708, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Neil G. Anderson for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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