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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Charles Edward Shaw


For fifteen years Charles E. Shaw has been closely and prominently identified with the business development of Vegreville, concentrating his attention upon the drug trade, and throughout the period he has enjoyed an unassailable reputation for integrity, enterprise and reliability. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, October 31, 1869, and his parents were Duncan Robertson and Sarah (Martin) Shaw, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of England. They emigrated to Canada and the father became one of the prominent lumbermen of Toronto, continuing in that business until his death. He is survived by the mother, who still resides in that city. To their union three children were born, the subject of this review being the only member of the family to come to this province.

The public schools of his native city afforded Charles E. Shaw his educational opportunities and in 1907 he came to Alberta, locating first at Mundare, where he engaged in the drug business for a short time. In the fall of 1907 he removed to Vegreville, where he opened a drug store, which he has since conducted. He carries a large stock of drugs and druggists' sundries, which he displays to good advantage, and his trade has enjoyed a steady growth, keeping pace with the development of the community. He has a thorough understanding of the business and his store is a credit to the town, being conducted along the most modern and progressive lines. He is also the owner of a highly productive farm in this vicinity, which is managed by his son.

Mr. Shaw married Miss Mary Elizabeth Jago and they have become the parents of eight children: Mrs. T. A. Morton of Vegreville; W. Floyd, who operates his father's farm; Herbert, deceased; A. W., an accountant; Mrs. J. F. Leach of Vegreville; and Helen, Elizabeth and Catherine, who are at home. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw are members of the Union church and he is a Conservative in his political views. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and during the World war he was active ill supporting the various measures promulgated by the government. He is broad-minded and public-spirited, standing for all those things which count for most in the upbuilding of his community. He is highly regarded in business circles of Vegreville and has many friends, whose esteem he has won and retained by reason of his fine personal qualities.


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