GEORGE A. SHANE, a leading citizen of Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, clerk of the township school board and the owner of a farm of 100 acres, was born in Medina County, Ohio, February 6, 1854, and is a son of John C. and Rachel R. (Ault) Shane.
John C. Shane was also born in Island Creek Township and was a son of James Shane who was one of the early settlers here and became a man of considerable consequences. John C. Shane moved to Medina County, after his marriage and later to Hardin County and from there enlisted for service in the Civil War. He was a martyr to the cause, being taken prisoner and incarcerated in a terrible southern prison pen at Salisbury, N. C., where he died in 1864, at the age of thirty-three years. His widow and a family of children survived him and of the latter the following are living: Margaret, who is the wife of Homer B. Crawford, of Toronto, O.; Catherine M., who is the widow of George Fulks, and resides at Seattle, Wash.; George A.; James H., who resides at East Orange, N. J.; and Oren C., who lives at Colon, Mich.
George A. Shane resided in Hardin County until 1883 and obtained his education there and since coming to Island Creek Township has made farming and stock raising his leading interests. In all that concerns the public welfare of the township, Mr. Shane is interested and especially is this the case in regard to the public schools. He has been a member of the special school district No. 2, and has been clerk of Island Creek Township. He casts his political vote with the Republican party.
Mr. Shane married Miss Belle J. Galbreaith, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Kerr) Galbreaith. He was born in July, 1819, in Pennsylvania, and died in Island Creek Township, December 2, 1893. His parents were Samuel and Isabella Galbreaith, natives of Ireland. He married Elizabeth Kerr, who was born in Washington County, Pa., and was a daughter of James and Margaret (Sheets) Kerr, of Washington County. Mr. and Mrs. Shane have three children: Florence W., who is attending college at Athens, O.; Rachel B., who is a teacher in the schools of Island Creek Township; and James G., who is connected with the construction department of the C. & P. Railroad.