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Biographical Sketch of A. Shay

A. Shay, of San Bernardino, was born in Maine, May 1, 1812, but reared principally in Nova Scotia. He learned the cooper’s and carpenter’s trades. When a young man he went to New Orleans, where he was successful for three years. Seeing then a specimen of gold from California, in 1849, he at once set out for the gold fields, coming by water and the Isthmus of Panama. He worked in the mines for a time and made and lost a great deal of money-lost heavily by the floods in the upper country. Then he carried on a large sheep ranch at City creek for a number of years, and he lived also for some time in Los Angeles County, and finally he came to San Bernardino County, where he has dealt to a considerable extent in lands and has engaged in the rearing of live-stock and in fruit culture.

In 1852 he married Eliza E. Gosey, a native of Arkansas, and they have five children: John, Thomas, William, Henry and Mary. The mother died several years ago. Mr. Shay has given all his children a comfortable home and a good start in life.

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