Thanks to William Richard Cutter, the author of Historic Homes and Places and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex, Massachusetts, Volume 4, published in 1908, we have this wonderful photograph of George A Shackford! He would have been about 53 when the photograph was taken.
I recommend taking a look at another photograph of George, his daughter Rutha, and his grandaughter Mildred posted on the Shackford Genealogy Facebook page on November 27, 1912 by Rutha Cook Haskin who is a descendant of George.
William Richard's book which is available at Google e-Books contains an excellent biography of George Alonzo Shackford as does Graves & Steinbarger's book Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Here's a shortened biography:
George Alonzo Shackford (1854-1942)
George Alonzo Shackford, the son of George Shackford and Rutha Elizabeth Crosby was born June 7, 1854 in East Boston, Massachusetts
George pursued many careers in many fields starting with working with his father in the wharf & bridge business and then in the boot and shoe business, retail grocery, law, collections, livery stable, and president of an Organ Pipe Company
George was also very active in government and politics filling the role of Overseer of the Poor, Selectman, and Representative to General Counsel. He also participated in many organizations some of which are the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, the Aleppo Temple, Freemasonry, the Good Samaritan Lodge, the Knights Templar, and many more.
George married Mary Pinkham on October 31, 1876.
I've found a few of the many newspaper articles that describe events that George attended - Shriner events with 1,800 attendees in large halls describing some aspects of their ceremones. As I find more, I may I may post them later as they do a great job of describing some of the activities that George participated in Boston in the early 1900s.
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