James Shea

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Shea

James A. Shea was born on August 5, 1871, in Mansfield, Ohio. He grew up there, and married Mina McClennend on October 28, 1897. The Sheas lived near Mansfield, and  had two sons there: James Russell, who was born in July of 1899, and Harland Leslie, who was born in June of 1901.

In 1902, James (Jim) decided to move his family to North Dakota. He came in the spring of that year, and filed a homestead claim on a quarter that was owned by Leo Snippens in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published. Joe Kavanaugh, who became his neighbor, helped him choose his land.

In August of 1902, Jim brought his family to North Dakota to begin life on their homestead. Another son, Earl, was born to them in October of 1906, and a daughter, Miriam, completed their family in September of 1911.

In the fall of 1905, Mr. Shea, John Snippen, and Pat Glennon began working to secure a post office for Roseglen. Jim was the one delegated to go to Minot to find out how to go about it. He spoke to the postmaster there, as well as the mayor of Minot.

The Sheas raised a family on their Roseglen farm, living there until 1929, when they returned to Mansfield, Ohio to make their home, residing there until Mrs. Shea passed away on May 3, 1961. Shortly afterward, Mr. Shea moved to Brookville, Florida for most of the year, but still retained a home in Mansfield.

At the time that the Golden Jubilee book was published in 1967, Mr. James Shea was ninety-five years old, in good health, and living in Florida, making regular visits to Roseglen.