He was born in Winnipeg on 7 February 1889, one of seven children born to George H. Shave and Ada Jane Ashton. Shave was a prominent Anglican layman and archivist of St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg. A keen amateur historian, he wrote a series of articles for the Winnipeg Free Press on the origin of Winnipeg street names, copies of which are contained in files of the Manitoba Historical Society. Shave wrote, in a 1943 letter to author Stephen B. Leacock, that his father had arrived in Winnipeg at the time of the 1881-82 land boom and had worked for Leacock’s uncle, E. P. Leacock.
His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
Pioneer Protestant Ministers at Red River
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 6, 1949-50 Season
The Cradle of Winnipeg History
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 3, Number 1, September 1957
Pioneers of the West
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 4, Number 3, April 1959
A Famous Winnipeg Creek
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 10, Number 1, Autumn 1964
Early Winnipeg Boom Makes History
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring 1965
W. J. Sisler - a Great Canadian
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 11, Number 2, Winter 1966
McDougall and the Metis
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 11, Number 3, Spring 1966
1. Albert and Theresa Moritz, Leacock: A Biography. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1985, page 315.
Profile revised: 19 October 2008
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