Eben Shackford, also known as Ebed, Ebet, Obed, or E. L. or E. Lincoln was born in Eastport, Maine on December 10, 1842, the son of William Shackford and Mary Cutter Lincoln. While Eben's three brothers John William, Edward Wallace, and Charles Joseph followed the family career of seamanship, on October 19, 1861, Eben mustered into company D of the Maine Calvary and eventually became the unit's quartermaster. He mustered out of the unit on Nov 25, 1864. After the war he married Lucy Parrit, worked briefly in Chicago and eventually settled in St Paul, Minnesota. He worked as a merchant in many businesses including a paper company, Shackford, Hume and Drebert and PRL Hardenbergh, a manufacturer of leather goods, harness saddlery, and saddlery hardware. Eben died of a stroke at the age of 65 on 1 October 1908.
In 1892, the St Paul Daily Globe published an article about the city's new Commercial Club, "An Organization Which Has for Its Object the Industrial Development of the Capital of the North Star State". The club had just been created and already had 1,100 members. Ebed Shackford was one of the individuals portrayed with a penned picture and a description of his business efforts in the St Paul Daily Globe's list of "Prominent Citizens Whose Unselfish, Enthusiastic Work has Assisted in Creating a Mighty Vehicle for Good".
Mr Shackford, of the Firm of Shackford, Hume & Drebert
Mr E. L. Shackford is a member of the firm of Shackford, Hume & Drebert, wholesale paper dealers. Mr. Shackford has lived long enough in St. Paul to be considered an old resident. He came here from Chicago in 1872, and at once engaged in the paper business. The firm he is so prominently identified with is doing a large business in the Northwest, and in keeping its interests to the front, Mr Shackford has largely contributed. Mr Shackford was born at Eastport, Me., in 1845
I want to thank the wonderful artist who penned these drawings for the St Paul Daily Globe helping us know what Eben looked like in 1892.
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1870 United States Federal Census, Cook, Illinois, population schedule, 12th Ward of the City of Chicago, Page 163-164 (penned), Dwelling 1081, Family 1336, E L and Lucy Shackford; digital images,
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