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Albert Craig Shaver

* January 26, 1855
January 26, 1928
married: Anna Mary Benzell


Albert Craig Shaver, seventh child born to the union of the Rev David and Nancy Linn Shaver, was born in Madison Township, Perry County. At the age of 15 years he found a home with his oldest brother, John, at the time the family gave up the farm life. While in Bedford at his brother's home, he learned the trade of blacksmith. At that time, the profession was all performed by hand.

In 1875 he was married, in Bedford, to Miss Anna Mary Bensell, and with his bride, moved to Altoona, where he secured employment, at his trade, with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He was an efficient workman and many of the exacting parts of railroad equipment were assigned to him for shaping and perfecting.

Ten children blessed their union: William W, Emma S, Henry D, Thomas B, Frank H, Minnie Bell and Mary Elizabeth, twins, Esther, Sarah Ellen and McKinley 5haver. Within a month after they were born, the twins passed away and Sarah Ellen, when but two years old, escaped from the enclosure of their yard, and raced into the street in front of an oncoming trolley car. She was killed instantly.

Albert Craig Shaver was an industrious worker and, being of a friendly disposition, always cheerful and optimistic, he accumulated a host at friends. At the age of 70 years, he was retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. During his post-retirement days he gained much pleasure in attending the Methodist Church and as a member of the Blue Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in Altoona. He died January 26, 1928, on his 73rd birthday. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery along side the remains of his wife and three children.


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