Excerpt taken from "History of Idaho"
JOHN SHAWVER - He was born March 28, 1850, a son of John and Elizabeth (Bogle) Shawver,
who were natives of Ohio and Virginia respectively.
The father was born near Steubenville, Ohio, August 26, 1817, while the
mother's birth occurred on the 4th of March, 1827. They were married
about 1845 and reared a family of seven children, of whom five are yet living.
The father passed away January 23, 1904, having for only about five weeks
survived his wife, who died on the 13th of December, 1903.
Old Settlers' Tales Historical & Biographical Sketches
of the Early Settlement
and Settlers of Northeastern Pottawatomie
and Southwestern Nemaha Counties,
Kansas, from Earliest Settlement to the Year 1877.
By F.F. Crevecoeur,
Printed in the Onaga Republican during the winter of 1901-02
JOHN SHAWVER -"The following, concerning the Points school, was partly collected by the writer
and partly taken from the Havensville Torchlight of June 21, 1900: The district
was organized as No. 2, in 1861, with David Donahue as chairman, John Shawver
as treasurer, and Thomas R. Points as clerk. The first school was held in the dis-
trict in 1863, and the teacher received $13.00 per month. A frame building was
put up this year, made of native lumber, Henry Shove securing the contract for
erecting it. It was located on the northwest corner of the John Shawver farm,
and when it was discarded, in the early 80's, to make place for the new school
house it was purchased by Charles Allen, the present owner of the farm on which
it stood, and he built it in with the rest of his house, where it is used as a dining
room. The first teachers who taught in the district were: Mr. Roidion, Henry Regar,
Jr., Minnie Lyons, Sarah Kimble, John Points, William Coldren, Mr. Worley, Addie
Points, Maggie Huffman, John Toler, Dr. Telfer, Mrs. Henry Smith, and Ellen Davis.
Mr. Freeman went to Butler county about 1867, while John Shawver is now in
Boise, Idaho. In 1867 S. H. Eddy had a postoffice established at that place,
which was continued, with Mr. Eddy as postmaster, for ten years. As has already
been stated, it was named after a daughter of John Wilson, Savannah. In 1877
Lorenzo Beach opened up a store there, and became postmaster, which office
he held until the railroad went through, when the postoffice was discontinued.
Mr. Beach is now at Hennessy, Ok., keeping store. In 1868 P. Zimmerman moved
his sawmill to near Savannah, to the Points place. Robert Wooley ran a sawmill
to near at this place for several years. Harve Lines, of Louisville, also helped to
run a sawmill here."
Taken out of context from the same source listed above:
"In 1866 Savannah was enjoying quite a boom. There were two stores, then, at that
place, one owned by George Kane and the other by George Freeman, the latter also
having a photograph gallery. Nels McCoy kept one of these stores for a while. A
blacksmith shop was run by John Shawver. The sawmill, run by Cross & McKee, was
established here at the time. When this was removed custom was drawn to other
places, and as the stores couldn't continue in business without patronage, they were
gradually closed out and removed. The blacksmith shop was continued a year or
two longer. Savannah finally became a memory to those who knew it during it's
"History of Idaho"
Vol. III, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago 1920:
Jacob Shawver - In a record of pioneer development in Idaho mention should be made of Jacob Shawver, who is living four and a half miles west of Boise and who preempted his present home-farm in 1886, securing then a tract of land of one hundred and sixty acres which was covered with sagebrush. Mr. Shawver is a native of Iowa. He was born March 28, 1850, a son of John and Elizabeth (Bogle) Shawver, who were natives of Ohio and Virginia respectively. The father was born near Steubenville, Ohio, August 26, 1817, while the mother's birth occurred on the 4th of March, 1827. They were married about 1845 and reared a family of seven children, of whom five are yet living. The father passed away January 23, 1904, having for only about five weeks survived his wife, who died on the 13th of December, 1903.
Jacob Shawver spent his youthful days under the parental roof and was reared to farm life. He was married at Seneca, Nemaha County, Kansas, September 21, 1871, the lady of his choice being Miss Jane Arbaugh, who was born in Ohio, March 31, 1850, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lower) Arbaugh, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Pennsylvania. Mr. Arbaugh's birth occurred June 23, 1806, while his wife was born April 15, 1813. They were married September 18, 1831, and the death of Mr. Arbaugh occurred July 28, 1872, while his wife died August 23, 1880. Pictures in the Shawver home of the four grandparents of Mr. and Mrs. Shawver show them to have been well bred people of good American stock.
Jacob Shawver had accompanied his parents to Kansas when a lad of seven years and there resided until 1882, when he removed from the Sunflower state to Montana, and in 1886 made his way to the Boise valley, at which time he preempted his present homestead, then a tract of wild sagebrush land but now a beautiful, highly cultivated and well irrigated farm worth three hundred dollars per acre. He has sold and deeded some of his land to his children but still retains possession of sixty acres and has brought the place under a very high state of cultivation.
To Mr. and Mrs. Shawver were born four children. Eva, born August 12, 1872, was married February 20, 1890, and had four children by that marriage. On the 9th of July, 1904, she became the wife of David Whitlock, a native of Ada county, Idaho, and they have become the parents of two children. Her six children are: Mrs. Daisy Drake, of Nampa; Mrs. Florence McMichael, of Boise; Harold Smith and Miss Etta Smith, of Boise; Lucile Whitlock; and Mary Whitlock, who passed away in 1916 at the age of three years. The other three children of Mr. and Mrs. Shawver are: Jesse, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work; Ira Lee; and Raymond. The last named is residing in California, while Jesse and Ira are both married and live near their parent's home. Mr. and Mrs. Shawver had eleven grandchildren, eight of whom are living, and there is one great-grandchild, Ada Henton, now eight years of age, who is the child of Mrs. Daisy Drake, born of her first marriage.
Politically Mr. Shawver is a democrat and fraternally is a Mason. In religious faith his wife is a Presbyterian. They are both highly esteemed people, enjoying the goodwill, conficence and respect of all who know them, and they well deserve mention as pioneer residents of Ada county who have contributed to its upbuilding and development and who have been witnesses of its progress and improvement from early times to the present.
Jesse Shawver from the History of Idaho
The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company ... 1920
JESS SHAWVER - a farmer and ditch rider residing four and a half miles west of
Boise, was born in the western part of Kansas, April 21, 1876, and is the eldest
of the three sons of Jacob and Mary Jane (Arbaugh) Shawver, who are living
in the same neighborhood west of Boise. The parents came to Idaho from
Montana, the father taking up a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres,
upon which he now resides and which was a tract of wild land covered with
sagebrush when it came into his possession. He performed the arduous task
of breaking the sod and deveoping the fields and now has a fine and well impro-
ved farm. He has sold some of the original tract of one hundred and sixty acres
but still retains possession of sixty acres, which is today worth at least three
hundred dollars per acre more. Jesse Shawver was a youth of ten years when
the family took up their abode upon what is now the old homestead farm in
Ada County and he has lived either upon this place or nearby throughout the
intervening period. His own ranch lies just north of his father's place and on the
other side of the Oregon Short Line Railroad. He has occupied his own property
for twenty years, or since his marriage. His place comprises thirty acres and is
splendidly improved with good buildings and all of the other equipment of a
model farm of the twentieth century, all of which has been installed by Mr. Shawver.
He keeps a number of fine Jersey cows and specializes in handling fine dairy stock
and in raising alfalfa. He has also been one of the riders on the Ridenbaugh ditch
for fifteen years, this work requiring more than half of his time during the crop
season of seven months. His section of the ditch embraces ten miles on the main
On the 31st of May, 1899, Mr. Shawver was married to Leah Powell, a native of
Iowa, who came to Idaho with her parents in her girlhood days. They now have
one living child, Howard Edward, born November 27, 1901, while an only daugh-
ter, Ruth Margaret, passed away July 20, 1913, at the age of five years.
Mr. and Mrs. Shawver belong to the Bethany Presbyterian church. In politics he
maintains an independent course. He served as road supervisor for two or three
years but has never been a candidate for political office preferring to concentrate
his efforts and attention upon his business affairs, which, wisely directed, have
brosught to him a substantial measure of success.
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