Biography: Captain Loring N. Shaw was born on August 25, 1827 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He graduated from a public school
but went to sea in the summers from the age of 13. Shaw's father, John W., was also a sea captain. At the age of 21, Shaw
became master of a California Coastal and Inland Waters vessel where he stayed for 8 years. In 1863, he left California and
went to Boston to work in a general provisions business. In 1877, he went into the hotel business and Wisconsin, and in 1887
he moved to Osceola, Nebraska. There he lived until his death in June 25, 1909.