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Earl W. Shaw

Earl W. Shaw was born in Bourbon, Douglas County, Illinois in November 1893, the son of Mary F. and Joseph P. Shaw, a farmer. He married Ida Webb (1886-1963) in 1924. By 1930 he and Ida had moved to Eden, California, where he worked as a woodcutter, while she worked as a stenographer for an attorney.

In the late 1930s they moved to Yermo, California where they opened the Mojave Desert Gem and Mineral Shop on Highway 91, 10 or 11 miles east of Barstow, California (and 1 or 2 miles west of Yermo). The famous color-blind field collector and dealer Ed McDole used to sell them specimens, including very choice Butte specimens. Ed was the only person they would allow to smoke in their shop.

Earl and his wife appear on the California Voter Registration rolls from 1940 to 1962. They appear to have put the business and their 2-acre shop property up for sale in January 1942, via an ad in Desert Magazine. Earl died in March 1971 in Gig Harbor, Washington.

References: U.S. Federal Census, 1900 1910, 1920, 1930.
California Death Index.
Social Security Death Index.
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The Mineralogical Record - Earl W. Shaw 1941 ad in Desert Magazine.
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The Mineralogical Record - Earl W. Shaw Label for a specimen that Shaw purchased from Ed McDole in 1957.(Courtesy of Dan Evanich)
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