Theodore C. Shaw has lived in the state of California practically all the years since 1858, and during most of that time he has been numbered among the successful agriculturists who have helped to make California as noted for farm and fruit products as for its mineral output which first gave it the name of the Golden state. He has been proprietor and operator of a fine ranch in San Joaquin county since 1877. His homestead is situated on the Cherokee Lane in a southerly direction about five miles from Lodi. Of the one hundred and ninety acres comprising this place, fifty acres are devoted to vineyards, and of late years he has given particular attention to this branch of industry and has gained a most gratifying success from his labors in that direction.

Mr. Shaw was born in Steuben county, New York, March 29, 1834, being a son of Levi and Phila (Merrit) Shaw, both parents natives of Massachusetts. Reared to man's estate and received his common school and academic education in Steuben county, about his first occupation in young manhood was teaching school. After arriving at his majority he went to Wisconsin, where he learned the millwright's trade, and where he lived until he went to the Pacific coast. In 1858 he went to New York, and thence, sailing on August 1, came around by the isthmus route and arrived in San Francisco on September 1 following. He followed his trade of millwright for some years, also getting a taste of mining. For four years h was engaged in farming in Merced county, after which he went to Texas for a year, but then returned and has since made his home in this state. As already mentioned, he came to his present place in San Joaquin county in 1877, and during the past quarter of a century and more he has been numbered among the substantial citizens of the locality. Mr. Shaw has made his own way in the world, and his success is due to his own honorable efforts and sterling character. In politics he has been a Republican since the organization of the party nearly half a century ago. A stanch friend and supporter of education, he has served as a trustee of the Live Oak school district, and is generally interested in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of his community.

On September 10, 1865, Mr. Shaw was united in marriage, in San Joaquin county, with Miss Emily Pixley, a native of the state of Michigan. She belongs to one of the pioneer families of California, and has herself resided in the state for nearly fifty years. She came out to the state from Michigan in 1856, making the journey by way of the isthmus in company with her mother and three brothers. The family home was at once located in San Joaquin county, not far from the present home of Mr. Shaw, and there she lived until her marriage. Mrs. Shaw was a daughter of Theron and Sarah (Brannack) Pixley, her father a native of Ohio and her mother of New England. Mrs. Shaw was born in Genesee county, Michigan, and was about twelve years old when she came out to California. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw adopted a daughter, who is now Mrs. Fred A. Peterson, of Santa Cruz, California, and they also have one daughter of their own, Helen Theodora.

Theron Pixley, father of Mrs. Shaw, was a California forty-niner, having crossed the plains from Michigan to this state in 1849, among the first who took part in the great rush for gold and adventure. He soon returned to Michigan, however, but in 1852 crossed the plains, this time to Oregon, where he remained several years, and in 1855 came down to make his home permanently in California, where in the following year he was joined by his wife and children. As already stated, they located about four miles south of Lodi, being among the early settlers of this locality of San Joaquin county, and there Mr. Pixley lived until his death, in 1891, by which event the county lost one of her ablest and best known pioneers. His wife survived him and passed away in 1902. The following childten constituted the family of Mr. and Mrs. Pixley: Seth B., in Genesee county, Michigan; Reuben, who resides near Lodi; Emily H., Mrs. Shaw; and Adelbert, in Alaska. Theron Pixley in politics was a Republican, and was a member of the Masonic order.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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