Henry A. Shields

HENRY A. SHIELDS, section boss, Belle Rive. This gentleman was 
born December 18, 1851, in Pttsburgh, Penn., son of Henry C. Shields, 
a native of Ireland. He was a solider the best part of his life while 
in the same reigment in which his father, Maj. Henry Shields, served 
all his life, who participated in the Crimea war and also in the Sepoy 
insurrection in India. Lieut. H.C. Shields came to the United States 
in about 1851, but was drowned in the Ohio River in 1852, while on his 
way to Cincinnati. The mother of our subject, Minnie (Shute), a native 
of Ireland, died in 1879 in Louisville, KY. She was married a second 
time to Charles Moore, and was the mother of ten children, of whom six 
are now living -- Charles, Lewis, Walter, Lizzie, Albert and Emma.   
Our subject was the only child from the first marriage; he received 
five weeks' schooling in Louisville, KY, but by reading has acquired 
a large fund of useful knowledge. In early life he worked in a tobacco 
factory in Louisville, KY. From 1869 to 1873, he worked at railroading, 
and then entered the regular United State Army, serving till 1878, when 
he again took to railroading, coming to Belle Rive in 1879. He has charge 
of a section. He is the Superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. Shields 
was married December 31, 1879, in Belle Rive, to Sarah Alma Laird, daughter 
of Jesse Laird. She is the mother of Henry L. Shields. Our subject is a 
member of the A.F. & A.M., and also an I.O.G.T. In politics, he is a 

Source: The History of Jefferson County, Illinois
by William Henry Perrin
Published by Globe Publishing Co - Chicago,  in 1883
Page 58 & 59 

Submitted By: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer

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