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Spring 2018: ‘Shaw’s Story’ Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 14th, by admin in Magazine, People. No Comments

Shaw’s Story
Galesburg innovator’s legacy lives on in Southeast Kansas – and across the country

Everyone who knew him says Stanley Wilbur Shaw was an inventor by nature.

At age 8, in the late 1880s, he assembled his first bicycle, using the wheels from his dad’s cultivator (come corn plowing time, he later wrote, he had to return those wheels). By 10, he had made a crude clock and was repairing farm equipment and guns. A few years later, as a young teenager, he built his first engine.

It’s no surprise, then, that Stanley would go on to make inventing his life’s work, finding success making small engines that converted bicycles to motorbikes in the early 1900s. He would later make automobiles and vastly popular small tractors and garden equipment, like the Shaw Du-All and Peppy Pal tractors. Stanley’s company, Shaw Manufacturing, was located … Read More »