Abel K. Shearer started a lumber company in North Wales, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1861. The A. K. Shearer Lumber Company was still active as of 2012. The A. K. Shearer & Son Lumber Company records, 1868-1966 [bulk 1868-1913], are comprised of daybooks, ledgers, and cashbooks.


Abel K. Shearer was born in Gwynedd/New Wales, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1838. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Shearer, were wealthy farmers who owned much land in the area. Abel started a lumber company in 1861, which quickly became so successful that Shearer built a steam planing-mill in 1870. Shearer's customers ranged throughout the county, his success due in part to easy access to the newly-completed railroad. 

The company was known by several names over the ensuing century-and-a-half, including A. K. Shearer & Son, Moyer and Shearer, and Shearer Lumber Company. As of 2012, A. K. Shearer Company was still active in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.


Bean, Theodore W., ed. History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1884. Pages 779-780.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of daybooks (1868-1913), ledgers (1868-1891), cash books, invoice books (1902-1966), a book of estimates, and miscellaneous loose records (circa 1900-1960) of the lumber company A. K. Shearer & Son. There are also several bank deposit bags for different banks.

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories.