Arthur Desmond Shaw
Served the Church, September 1, 1919 – December 31, 1920, Assistant Pastor
Rev. Arthur Desmond Shaw. In 1920 moved from Honolulu, Hawaii to Austin, TX. He started his ministry October 1, 1919 with the intention of remaining one year. His salary was $2000/yr. He was the pastor of the First Foreign Church of Hilo. He resided at 506 Puueo Avenue, Hilo. Arthur, Isabel and 10 year old son, Leslie, left Hilo in September, 1919 for the trip to Austin.
The Congregational Christian Churches of USA 1939 Year Book states “Arthur Desmond Shaw was born Derbyshire, England, July 26, 1875. His parents were John Bennet and Ann (Bennett) Shaw. Ordination, Baptist, San Jose, CA, 1908. Pastorates: Malden, WA, 1910-12; Tacoma, WA;1912-16; Hillsboro, Oregon, 1917-18; Hilo, T.H., 1918-19; Austin, TX, 1919-20; Lopez, WA, 1921-22; Pasco, WA, 1922-26; Cathlamet, WA, 1929-30.
Rev. Shaw’s birthdate is elusive. In the 1918 draft registration it is July 26, 1874. His naturalization petition has his birth July 28, 1871 in Nottingham, England. He says he immigrated from Linford(?), England arriving Boston, MA, on December 20, 1901, on the ship Saxonia. There is an A. D. Shaw that arrives in Boston on the Saxonia about this time, his profession is listed as “actor.” The naturalization document states that his wife, Isabel, was born in Newcastle.
in 1923, Reverend Shaw applied for a position with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The earliest records find him in New York City as an Adjutant for the Salvation Army. He is a popular lecturer in New York and Pennsylvania. In 1906, Shaw gave a lecture on the need to establish “Farm Colonies” to provide support for impoverished immigrants. The talk was entitled “The Landless Man to the Manless Land.”
An article appeared in the Tuesday, March 21, 1905, New York Times about his marriage to Ensign Isabel Crozier of St. Louis.(Likely a recent move as she is in the 1905 St. Joseph, MO city directory listed as an Ensign in Salvation Army. Isabel was born at Newcastle on Tyne, in the town of Banstead, Surrey, England, March 21, 1878. Here are several announcements, the one on the left is from the March 21, 1905, New York Times and the one on the right is from the Daily Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock). The one below is from the New York Tribune, March 20, 1905.
A child, Arthur Desmond Shaw Jr., was born to the couple February 13, 1906, sadly he died May 9, 1906 and is buried in the Kensico Cemetery Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, in the Salvation Army Plot.
Shaw was ordained into the Baptist Church in San Jose, CA in 1908.
In 1910 census, Arthur and Isabel were living in Moscow, Latah, Idaho. He was a minister. According to this census they both immigrated in 1902. He was maybe naturalize, but she is not.
In 1912 and 1915, Shaw was a minister of East Tacoma Congregational Church. A church formed in 1885. The church in Tacoma had 250 members. He was living at 2712 East E. Street in Tacoma, Washington. Here is a quote from The History of Tacoma, “ The East Congregational Church erected a new building in 1890. With the coming of Rev. Dr. A. D. Shaw, an active an able man, this church became a new force in the community and its influence is now city wide.”
HILLSBORO CALLS PASTOR Rev. A. D. Shaw, of Tacoma, Re ( signs to Take New Charge. TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 6. (Special.) Rev. A. D. Shaw has resigned as pas or of East Congregational Church, Ta coma, to become pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hillsboro, Or. He will assume his new pastor ate on March 15. Rev. Mr. Shaw came to Tacoma. from Maiden, Wash., five years ago and during his residence in the city has built up his own church and has been active In civic affairs. He was secretary of the ministerial alliance for several years. He told his congregation that his reason for making the change was the advantageous offer made him in Hillsboro. Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, February 06, 1917,
According to his 1918 WWI draft registration, Shaw was born July 26, 1874 in England. He and Isabel were living at 1569 Washington St, Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon. He was the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hillsboro, Oregon. He was medium height, slender build with grey eyes and dark brown hair.
In the 1920 census, Arthur and Isabel lived at West Ninth Street in Austin. Isabel’s birth year was listed as 1876. He and his wife are lodgers in Francis and Bernise Nilsson’s home. Nilsson is a machinist born in Denmark. His wife was born in Texas.
In 1930, Shaw was a Congregational minister in Cathlaet, Wahkiakum, Washington. He and his wife were both 24 when they married, making the year about 1905, shortly after arriving in US. Isabella’s mother was born in Scotland. This census has her immigrating in 1910, clearly an error. Their son, Leslie Crozier Shaw, was born August 20, 1908, in San Jose, CA. Attached is an interesting document that his father signed for his employment. Leslie died September 16, 1963 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain Home, Idaho. He was a Master Sargent in the US Air Force during World War II. In the 1940 census, he is was living with his mother in Spokane and was a Senior Clerk in City Property Department. He had graduated from college.On December 17, 1945, Leslie enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Geiger Field Spokane. The Term of his Enlistment is “Hawaiian Department.” His civilian occupation was firmen with the fire department. He is single with dependents (maybe his mother). and has completed four years of college. His rank is Staff Sargent.
Arthur died August 11, 1939 in Spokane Washington. His father was John Shaw and his mother was Ann Bennett. He is buried in Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane Washington. The burial lot was owned by Louise Shaw.
His birthdate is elusive. In the draft registration it is July 26, 1874. The census records have
His naturalization petition has birth July 28, 1871.He is living at 2712 East E. Street in Tacoma, Washington. He was born in Nothingham, England. He says he immigrated from Linkford(?), England arriving Boston, MA on December 20, 1901 on the ship Saxonia. He says Isabela was born Newcastle, Ohio (not correct)
In 1917 the minister’s salary is $1200/yr, however the church struggles to raise this amount. There is a severe drought and poor economy. The total budget for the church is $1702,27. Church property valued at $19,080. There are 155 members, 58 males and 97 females.
On December 17, 1919, the Austin church received notice that their request to The Congregational Home Missionary Society for $600 to supplement the minister’s salary for the next year had been approved. The society strongly admonishes them that they are to launch a canvas to raise money for the minister’s salary and to contribute to the home missions of the society. This implies that the church was having financial difficulties which may account for the early departure of Rev. Shaw.
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