Hometown: Asheville, NC (High)
Date of Birth: November 28, 1890
Date of Death: August 31, 1954
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Obituary - Shawhan Rite Set for Ky., Charleston (WV) Daily Mail (September 1, 1954)
Col. Hubbard W. Shawhan of 506 Swarthmore Ave., former director of state conservation, died early yesterday at his summer home in Goshen, Va., at the age of 63.
Born in Cynthiana, Ky., in 1890, Col. Shawhan was educated in North Carolina public schools and the University of Kentucky, and graduated in 1913 at Biltmore Forest school. He married Mary Kaye Alves in 1917, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Hubbard Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Lynch of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Col. Shawhan served overseas in World War I with the Sixth Trench mortar battalion and returned to army service in World War II. He was a member of the Society of American Legion, Reserve Officers Assn., and Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was appointed conservation director in 1934 and served until 1940. Previously he had served as state forest, and at one time was forest engineer for a West Virginia lumber company.
Service and burial will be in Henderson, Ky.
Biographical Data - North Carolina State University Dept. of Forestry - Carl Schenck Papers by Hubbard W. Shawhan (Dec. 3, 1952)
Born Cynthiana, Kentucky, November 28, 1890. Parents - Hubbard Warfield Shawhan and Helen Musselman Shawhan. Grandparents - Hubbard William and Anna Hoggins Shawhan, and William and Katherine Salle Musselman.
Attended primary and grammar schools at Cynthiana, Kentucky. Moved to Newport News, Virginia in 1902. Continued grammar school there. Moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1904. Attended grammar school there and started high school. Moved to Asheville, N.C. in 1906. Graduated from Asheville High School in 1908. Had played football, baseball and basketball. Had always enjoyed hunting and fishing and being in the woods, so when I found that there was a profession that would keep a man in the woods most of the time, and at which he could make a living, even if not a very sumptuous one, my mind was made up, then and there. Interviewed Dr. Schenck in the office at Biltmore in the summer of 1908, and matriculated in The Biltmore Forest School, being Number 92 on the waiting list, after first visiting the school over the weekend, in the Pink Beds.
Next worked for one year in the U.S. Weather Bureau at Asheville.
Entered the Civil Engineering School at the University of Kentucky in 1909. Worked for the Craggy Lumber Company and the National Casket Company during summer vacation. Left University of Kentucky at the end of school year in 1911.
Worked for the Whiting Lumber Company in Graham County, N.C. and for the Champion Lumber Company in Haywood County, N.C. as laborer, log scaler, deck scaler at double bond mill, checking work of logging contractors.
Joined the Biltmore Forest School at Sunburst, N.C. in May 1913. Studied through periods at Sunburst, Cadillac, Michigan, the Inland Empire and the Pacific Coast. Doc left us in October to return and to resume instruction in the following spring. By that time the war between Germany and other nations had become imminent, and the Doc's return was prevented.
Remained on the Pacific Coast, at and near Marshfield, Oregon until October 1915, employed by C.A. Smith Timber Company as mill-hand, compassman, gathering tree seed, planting seedlings and other forms of elementary forestry. Spent two seasons as a Weeks Law Fire Patrolman.
Returned East and entered the employ of the W.M. Ritter Lumber Company, as Timber Cutting Foreman, in November 1915. Later turned to timer cruising, making scientific stumpage appraisals, purchase and sale of stumpage, purchase of timber rights of way, supervision of 50,000 acres of Coal and Timberlands, and other forms of forest engineering work.
Married the girl of my college days, Mary Kaye Alves, whom I had met at the University of Kentucky in 1910, at El Paso, Texas on April 18, 1917. Just a few months later it became obvious that many more men would be needed in the U.S. Army of World War I, so entered Second Officers Training Camp, and graduated with commission of First Lieutenant, Coast Artillery, in November 1917. Served at Fort Caswell, N.C. and in France until January 1919, when discharged with commission of Captain, O.R.C.
In 1931 left the W.M. Ritter Lumber Company and practiced as a free lance forester until April 1933, when I entered the employ of the State of West Virginia as State Forester. In February 1934 was appointed Director of Conservation, in charge of Game, Fish, Forestry and State Parks. Succeeded in considerably expanding the state forests, parks and game refuges. Purchased 102,000 acres of mountain lands for the state, and with the aid of some 28 camps of the Civilian Conservation Corps, developed them as forests and parks.
Wrote and helped secure passage of helpful forestry and conservation laws by West Virginia Legislature.
Had moved from Beckley, West Virginia, and purchased a home in Charleston, West Virginia, where I still reside.
Had also kept up my commission in the O.R.C., being promoted to Major in 1929, and was called to active duty with the Army in March 1941, and assigned as Commanding Officer of the West Virginia Recruiting District. After thirteen months was transferred to Fort Moultrie, S.C.. Was too old to go overseas, even though promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, so served at Fort Moultrie until found to be incapacitated for military service and was retired for physical disability in November 1944.
Became President of the Appalachian Wood Preserving Company in February 1945, with treating plants at Panther, West Virginia and Goshen, Virginia. Operated successfully until October 1951, when the plant was advantageously sold.
Being retired, both as a soldier and as a professional man has been quite a bit of fun, but hardly keeps me busy enough, so recently I have bought a small farm of 20 acres in Rockbridge County, Virginia, with a trout stream running through the back end of it. I expect to raise some cattle, cultivate a good vegetable garden, and do a bit of hunting and fishing.
Our two children have been quite satisfactory to us. Hubbard William Shawhan IV, born July 27, 1922, was educated in West Virginia Public Schools, graduated from Lehigh University, served creditably with the Tenth Mountain Infantry Division in Italy in World War II, took a special course in Wood Preservation at Yale Forestry School. He married Carol Anderson of Danville, Virginia, and is now with the Baker Wood Preserving Company at Marion, Ohio, after serving in Korea.
Mary Helen Shawhan, born March 16, 1926, was educated in West Virginia Public Schools; Stuart Hall, Staunton, Virginia; Finch Junior College, New York City and at the University of South Carolina. She was a secretary in the West Virginia Department of Mines, and Director of a Service Club at Fort Knox, Kentucky. She married Captain Robert E. Lynch, U.S.A. Our first grand child is due at Christmas 1952.
Affiliations - American Legion, Reserve Officers Association, D.E.O.W.W., Society of American Foresters, International Association of Game, Fish and Conservation Commissioners, Army and Navy Club of Charleston, West Virginia, and Edgewood Country Club.