GEORGE ALBERT SHAUBE
1891 - 1967
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The Special Life of George Albert Shaube
Born March 18, 1891, Sutton Street, East Providence
Traveled extensively worldwide on cargo ships 'captained' by
his father, Albert Shaube. First excursion was in 1892 to
Auckland, New Zealand.
Left his Stanton Island home to travel aboard a variety of
cargo ships with his father.
Eight years old and had just completed a trip around Cape
Horn from New York in the barkentine
in the sugar trade running between the islands and
San Francisco) with his dad, who was the ship's commander,
after a trip of 118 days - not fast - but considered a fair
trip. According to George, as quoted in an article to the
The Aberdeen World
sometime in the 1960's:
“Life for me at sea consisted of school from 9 AM to
2 PM, learning the 3 Rs and the rudiments of navigation,
for Dad hoped I would follow in his footsteps and take
to the sea. When school was over, I had other duties
aboard ship - painting, chipping rust, etc. I didn't
like to leave my mother and my sisters, for I didn't
know when I would see them again, and as it turned out
it was 15 years before I did.”
Also George did receive some schooling in Maui, at a little place
called Sprecklesville, a few miles from Kahului.
'Snuck off' (as he was tired of going to sea) the barkentine
(his father, Albert, was Captain) at the age of 16,
went to Murray and Ready employment office on East Street
(now the Embarcadero), S.F. and landed a job at the Standard
Lumber Company in Sonora, California. When the S.F. earthquake
hit, George left his job at the lumber company and went back
to S.F. He met up again with his father, and made a trip with
him on the lumber cargo ship
to the Puget Sound
area. In the years that followed, George 'drifted around'
the Pacific Northwest, working in logging camps and riding the
rails in boxcars, as many men did in those days.
November, enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I.
Served in the United States Army, with tours of duty in the
Philippines, France, and Siberia.
Honorable United States Army discharge, April 24, 1919,
#174188 Private 23rd Company 20th Engineers. George was
28 ¾ years old when he enlisted, occupation given as
Woodsman (blue eyes, brown hair, medium complexion,
five feet 7 ¼ inches in height.
1919 - 1921
Employed as a Fire Guard during the summer months of these
years in the Quilcene District of the Olympic National Forest
(worked under J.W. Fulton, District Manager).
1923 - 1929
Was given land by the U.S. Government, as they were doing
with many servicemen, to homestead. This is when he 'made
claim' to the roughly 40 acres upon which he built the
Shaube/Smith cabin, and upon which he lived until approx.
These three photos were taken in the time frame of around 1923 -
1925, showing the cabin when my grandfather was building at, as well as
a photo of my grandmother sitting on the front porch, my uncle, now
around 76 years old, seated next to her. Note, these photos are most
likely the only ones in existence and show the cabin as it was
originally constructed, before Oscar Smith purchased it from my
grandfather and made his own changes/additions.
Also, here are excerpts, verbatim, from my grandfather's daily journal, pertaining to his life on the Queets and building the cabin:
February 26, 1923
“Building cabin 6 miles from
Queets. Fine day.”
February 27, 1923
“Still working on cabin. Timber
hard to get. Fine day. No boat..”
I'm assuming his reference to a boat
was one that brought supplies to him.
February 28, 1923
“Westerly storm blowing today.
Working on cabin. Nearly completed.
March 2, 1923
“Fine day. Cold. Cabin completed.
Partner going to Queets.”
Not sure who he meant by 'partner'.
Married Alta R. Northup (of the infamous Northup family, many
of whom were of very honorable notoriety in the Pacific
Northwest and for whom Alta Creek is named) February 2,
1925 in Montesano at the Grays Harbor County Court House,
County of Grays Harbor, State of Washington, by the
Presbyterian Minister Charles E. Sharp and certified by County
Clerk Letha M. Wagner. Certificate of Marriage is No. 5485,
recorded in the County of Grays Harbor, State of Washington.
George was 33 years old; Alta was 18 years old.
Lived on the 40-acre homestead
they farmed, fished, hunted, and lived off the land.
1925 - 1928
Summer seasons again, worked as a Fire Guard and Trail
Foreman in the Quinault District of the Olympic National
Forest (worked under J.W. Fulton, District Manager).
Sold the homestead to Oscar Smith and moved to the Killea
Guard Station near the Kelly Dude Ranch in the upper
Queets Country so that their son, Lorne, could attend school.
1929 - 1941 (approx.)
Lived at Queets, Clearwater, Kalaloch Beach, Quinault Lake,
and various other locations in the Olympic National Park area
where there was work available. In 1941, moved to Hoquiam
and lived on the Dekay Road, Route 3, Box 142 (George worked
in a Pulp Mill for a short time while living at this location).
1933 - 1934
Employed as a Forest Ranger, Department of Conservation and
Development, Division of Forestry, Olympia, Washington,
Jefferson, Mason, and Grays Harbor Counties.
Employed as a Fire Warden, Department of Conservation and
Development Division of Forestry, Olympia, Washington,
1944 - 1945
Employed with the Department of Highways, State of
Washington, receiving the Safety Certificate two-year
no-accident award for this period.
Moved to Astoria, Oregon, where George went into partnership
with Wilbur and Frank Northup, buying a commercial Fishing
Moved to Port Angeles, Washington, and semi-retired.
Moved to Morro Bay, California, partly for better climate
and to be closer to Alta's brother-in-law (Wilbur Northup)
and his family.
Passed away, May 1, 1967, place of residence was Morro Bay,
California, (died of lung cancer in Sierra Vista Hospital,
San Luis Obispo, 11:20 AM). Laid to rest in the Sunset
Memorial Cemetery, Hoquiam, Washington, per his request.
Summarized by his grandson, Michael Lujan, from notes and other materials collected by Michael's mother, Mary Ann, daughter of George Shaube. Mr. Lujan has kindly included his e-mail address. If you have comments or additional information please contact