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Harvey Shook (1849-?)
Native of Vermillion, OH, owned hardware business in Pinconning, MI.

1892 bio. (Added Jun., 2009)

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan Chicago Publishing Company, 1892


One of the most enterprising of the business men in the thriving little town of Pinconning is our subject, whose hardware establishment is as complete as is that of many a larger place. Mr. Shook came to this place in 1880, and was first engaged as salesman for C. H. Rhodes, who carried a general line of goods. He remained with him for about five years, and then with Charles V. Eades, purchased the hardware stock and clothing establishment of Mr. Rhodes, the business being conducted under the firm name of Eades & Shook.

The junior member of the firm soon bought out his partner's interest, and has since continued the business in the Phoenix Block, carrying a general stock until 1888. He now carries an extensive line of heavy and light hardware, farming implements and machinery and his is the only house in Pinconning that handles this class of goods. His place of business is in his own block, which is located at the foot of Keizer and Second Streets. His buildings have the following dimensions: 40x60, 24x40, and 18x40, and a room for roots which is 24x40 feet.

Mr. Shook is a native of Vermillion, Ohio, where he was born December 18, 1849. He is a son of Joseph and Phoebe C. (Hank) Shook, natives of Pennsylvania and Vermont respectively. The father was a cabinetmaker by trade and carried on the business for many years in Ohio, and later in Indiana. On the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Company D, Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry, and served twenty-oe months in the Union Army as a private. He was wounded in the battle of Shiloh, receiving a shot through the right arm about the elbow. He went home on a furlough of thirty days and after his return to the army, being unable to carry a muscat, they gave him a team to drive. While in the service he contracted rheumatism and Bright's disease and was finally discharged on account of disabilities. He move to Michigan in 1863 and is now a resident of Tuscola County, having retired from active business.

Our subject is one of a family of ten children, five of whom are now living. Harvey is the eldest; Sarah is now Mrs. Jager; Anna is Mrs. Morse; Philip D. is the proprietor of a bakery in New York City where Mary is a dressmaker. Our subject was educated in the Union Schools of Vassar, Tuscola County, and was there fitted for the ordinary demands of a business life. For a time fate seemed to treat him as a plaything, and he was obliged to do anything that he could find, being variously engaged at brickmaking and in the lumber business and in the woolen mills at Vassar for six seasons. He then worked at the cabinet business in partnership with his father, after which he engaged in clerking for M. L. Gage, of Vassar, for two years, and spent five years in the same employment in Bay City.

On coming to the place Mr. Shook was employed as clerk in the store of C. H. Rhodes, as stated in the first portion of this sketch, and from that time to the present his career has been a steady advancement in position, until he is now one of the most prominent men in financial interests in various parts of this county and a fine home in the village. He was married, October 15, 1885, to Mrs. Helen M. Hazelton, a resident of this place, and daughter of William and Louisa D. Roberts. Mr. and Mrs. Shook are the parents of two children Helen F. and Lou M. In his political affiliation our subject is with the Republicans, believing that in their party is to be found the best governmental principles. Socially he is a Mason and a Forester. While his wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church he was an attendant and supporter of the same.

In connection with this biographical notice will be found a lithographic portrait of Mr. Shook.

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Harvey Shook

Related Pages:
Bay Co. Civil War History
People Referenced
Eades, Charles V.
Gage, M. L.
Hank, Phoebe (mother)
Jager, Mrs.
Hazelton, Mrs.
Morse, Mrs.
Rhodes, C.H.
Roberts, Helen H. (wife)
Roberts, William
Roberts, Louisa D.
Shook, Anna (sister)
Shook, Harvey (subject)
Shook, Helen F. (dau.)
Shook, Joseph (father)
Shook, Lou M. (son)
Shook, Mary (sister)
Shook, Philip D. (bro.)
Shook, Sarah (sister)
Subjects Referenced
44th Indiana Infantry
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Eades & Shook
Civil War
Methodist Episcopal Ch.
Phoenix block
Pinconning, MI
Tuscola Co., MI
Vassar, MI
Vermillion, OH
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