22 Apr 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
Miles B. Shirk, of the mercantile firm of Shirk Bros., at Morrison, dealers in clothing and furnishing goods for gentlemen, was born May 23d, 1840, in Clarion Co., Pa. He is a son of Charles and Sarah (Galbraith) Shirk, residents of Morrison, of whom an extended sketch, with a record of their several children, may be found on another page of this work. The father of Mr. Shirk has been and is still an extensive land proprietor of Whiteside County, and the son was reared on a farm. He lived on a farm until the fall of 1878, when, in company with his brother William, he came to Morrison and embarked in the business in which they have since been engaged, and have operated with success.
Mr. Shirk formed a matrimonial alliance with Jennie G. Gates Dec. 20, 1864, at Cooperstown, Venango Co., Pa., and they have had three children, namely: Elizabeth, George and Mary. Mrs. Shirk was born in Clarion Co., Pa., and is the daughter of George and Elizabeth Gates.