MILO D. SHAW

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MILO D. SHAW, of Apollo, Pa., proprietor and manager of the Shaw-Phillips Company, merchants, was born Dec. 20, 1879, in Westmoreland county, Pa., son of William and Elizabeth (Watson) Shaw.

The Shaw family originated in Ireland, while the Watson family came from Scotland. William Shaw located in Armstrong county three years previous to his death. He was a farmer for many years, and died in Apollo, this county, March 24, 1911, after a long and useful life. He married Elizabeth Watson, born in Westmoreland county, daughter of David Watson, a native of that county, and she survives, making her home at Apollo. She and her husband had five children, four of whom survive., Milo D. being the youngest oft hem all. Mr. Shaw was a member of the Presbyterian Church, which he served as trustee, attending service at Polk River. Mrs. Shaw still holds her membership there. During the Civil war, Mr. Shaw gave practical evidence of his patriotism by enlisting in Company I, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served for a year. Early in life he was a Democrat, but his political convictions underwent a change, and he later wielded his influence in favor of the Prohibition party. While residing in Westmoreland county he held a number of township offices, and he was always a man of importance in his community.

Milo D. Shaw attended public school in Westmoreland county until he was fifteen years old, when he entered the Kiskiminetas Springs Academy. When he was nineteen years of age he began teaching, thus continuing for seven years, being engaged in the country districts. At the expiration of that period he entered business life, embarking in the retail dry goods trade in Apollo in 1901. For two years he was associated with Van T. Shepler & Co., and having gained valuable experience, was made manager of the company, holding that responsible position for three years. He then formed a stock company under the name of Shaw-Phillips Company, for the purpose of conducting a first-class dry goods store in Apollo. The officers of the company are: Edward Phillips, president, and Milo D. Shaw, secretary and treasurer. From its inception the company has prospered, and its store is one of the best in this part of the county.

On March 24, 1900, Mr. Shaw was married in Vandergrift, Pa., to Jessie M. Bush, daughter of Dr. A. A> Bush, of Pittsburgh. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw became the parents of two children: Mariam V. B., born Dec. 26, 1904; and Bernard B., born June 18, 1909. Mr. Shaw is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Apollo. Fraternally he is a Mason. The Republican party receives his cordial and effective support. At present he is giving the school board of Apollo the benefit of his practical experience as an instructor, serving it as director.

Source: Pages 634 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Lynn Beatty for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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