David Newton Shaver, sixth child of the union of the Rev David and
Nancy Linn Shaver, and the only child never married, was born on the
family farm in Madison Township, Perry County. At an early age he
became a traveling salesman, which led to his untimely death.
In April, 1886 the Johnstown Tribune, a newspaper, received the following
letter from State Attorney John A. Patterson of Springfield, Missouri,
inquiring about one D N Shaver, stating that
||an unknown man has been murdered in our county,
April (night of) 11, 1886. This card was found on his person:
D N Shaver, with Rosensteel & Son, manufacturers of superior
crop leather and dealers in bark, hides, hair, sheep pelts, horns,
glue stock, etc., Johnstown, Pa. Can you give any information
relative to D N Shaver?
The newspaper responded with this information:
||The person about whom information is desired was
employed with Rosensteel and Son for eighteen months. He came
here from Pleasantville, Bedford County. When he left here he
was accompanied by John Mullin, son of Patrick Mullin. They parted
in Cleveland, Ohio, and Mullin (?)
has never been heard of since. About two years ago he paid a visit
to Johnstown at which time he stated that he was employed, as
an engineer, on a railroad running into Wheeling, West Virginia.
News of this tragic ending was quite a shock to his ageing mother
and other relatives residing in the East. He was buried in the county
where he met his untimely death.