A. K. Shearer & Son records
Held at: Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]1654 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA, 19401
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Abel K. Shearer was born in Gwynedd/New Wales, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1838. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Shearer, were wealthy farmers who owned much land in the area. Abel started a lumber company in 1861, which quickly became so successful that Shearer built a steam planing-mill in 1870. Shearer's customers ranged throughout the county, his success due in part to easy access to the newly-completed railroad.
The company was known by several names over the ensuing century-and-a-half, including A. K. Shearer & Son, Moyer and Shearer, and Shearer Lumber Company. As of 2012, A. K. Shearer Company was still active in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
Bean, Theodore W., ed. History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1884. Pages 779-780.
This collection is comprised of daybooks (1868-1913), ledgers (1868-1891), cash books, invoice books (1902-1966), a book of estimates, and miscellaneous loose records (circa 1900-1960) of the lumber company A. K. Shearer & Son. There are also several bank deposit bags for different banks.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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