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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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IRA E. SHAULL, an energetic young business man of Carlisle, where he carries on a real estate and contracting business, is native to Cumberland county, born at the old family homestead at West Fairview. His father passed away Dec. 6, 1890.

Mr. Shaull received his literary education in the public schools, attending until he was nineteen years old. During vacations he assisted his father, who was a contractor, and when twenty years old he became pressman’s apprentice in the Evangelical Publishing House at Harrisburg, where he remained altogether ten years. He then took up his father’s work, contracting on his own account, and has also engaged successfully in the real estate business, in this connection having been agent for the past two years, of the Rupley estate. Mr. Shaull is a selfmade man in every respect of the word. He began with nothing, but by enterprise and industry has gained a good standing in the business world and enjoys the confidence of all his associates. His ambitious spirit displayed itself early in life, when he commenced working in Harrisburg; he received only three dollars a week, and he made the trip to and from his work daily on foot. For one year Mr. Shaull was engaged at butchering, but he seems to have his place in his present line of work, and is improving his opportunities to the utmost.

On July 18, 1901, Mr. Shaull was married to Miss Clara Mann, daughter of George S. and Sarah Mann. Mr. and Mrs. Shaull hold membership in the United Brethren Church at West Fairview. In political sentiment he is a strong Republican, active in the local councils of his party, and is at present serving as county committeeman.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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