This site was created by Larry Shively who is researching the history of the Shively families. The goal is to have a site where all Shively researchers can share and ask questions in regards to their Shively lines. The largest majority of the Shively family records are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. There are early records of Shively's also in Virginia and Kentucky. There are not many established Shively lineages back to Europe. There are documented lineages to Switzerland and Germany. Through the sharing of information from all of our research it is desired that all can learn about our Shively families.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Daniel Webster Shively And Henry Ambrose Shively, Sons Of Ambrose Shively And Margaret Jane Dubbs

Ambrose Shively/Margaret Jane Dubbs Marriage Certificate
Ambrose Shively and Margaret Jane Dubbs were married in Wood County, Ohio on 5-Apr-1855.  Listed on the 1870 Sadorus Township, Champaign County, IL census is the household of Ambrose Shively, wife Jane, daughter Martha, son Daniel W, and son Henry.  The following article concerns the death of Ambrose Shively who died in Champaign County, IL in July of 1884. The article was extracted from the Bloomington (IL) Weekly Leader, Thursday July 31, 1884, Page 2, Column 5:
Killed By Lightning
MAHOMET, Ill., July 28--During the storm this afternoon lightning struck and killed A. M. Shively, a prominent and highly esteemed farmer living two miles south of this place, while in the hay field, slightly shocking Oscar Wright and his hired hand, but these latter soon rallied.  Mr. Shively leaves an estimable wife and several grown up children.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and will be buried by the order.

From the Illinois Death Records it is known that Daniel Webster Shively was born 6-Jan-1858 in Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio.  He died on 19-Dec-1927 in Champaign County, IL. He was married to Minerva Watts.  The following information was located in The Pantograph (Bloomington, IL), Thursday, December 22, 1927, Page 2, Column 4:
Daniel Webster Shively
(Special to The Daily Pantograph)
URBANA, Dec. 22--Funeral services for Daniel Webster Shively were held at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in charge of the Rev. B. M. Petty. The Masonic lodge had charge of the services at the grave in Riverside cemetery, where burial was made.
Mr. Shively died at 10 o'clock Monday night.  He was born Jan. 6, 1858, in Bowling Green, O., and came to Illinois with his parents in 1865, first locating at Ivesdale. He was married in 1884 to Miss Minerva Watts, of Ivesdale, and they came to Mahomet in 1898 to make their home.
Surviving Mr. Shively are his widow and three children, Frank R. and Mrs. Estella Know, Mahomet, and Mrs. C. J. Wegeng, 1105 West Washington street, Champaign.  H. A. Shively, 41 West White street, Champaign, is a brother.  A sister, Mattie Shively, died Fe. 22, 1919.  There are five surviving grandchildren.
Mr. Shively was a member of the Modern Woodmen and Masonic fraternities and of the Methodist Episcopal church.

From the Illinois Death Records it is known that Henry Ambrose Shively was born 21-Nov-1859 in Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio.  He died on 26-Sep-1938 in Champaing County, IL.  He was married to Marjorie Mott.  Additional information on Henry A. Shively was located in the History Of the Board Of Trade Of The City Of Chicago, Edited by Charles H Taylor, In Three Volumes, Illustrated, Volume III, Chicago, Robert O. Law Company, 1917, pages 294-295:
HENRY A. SHIVELY - At this juncture is given merited recognition to one of the representative non-resident members of the Board of Trade, on the rolls of which his name has been recorded since 1908.  He is known as one of the large grain operators of central Illinois and maintains his residence and business headquarters in the city of Champaign, judicial center and metropolis of the county of the same name, where he is executive head of the extensive, well known and influential grain firm of H. A. Shively & Company, which not only controls a large grain business but also maintains a number of well equipped elevators in the central part of the state. Mr. Shively is a scion of one of the old and prominent families of the Buckeye state and was born in Wood county, Ohio, on the 21st of November, 1859, a son of Ambrose and Jane (Dudds) Shively.  The father was born in Ohio and became one of the substantial farmers and honored citizens of Wood county.  In 1865 he came to Champaign County, Illinois, residing there until his death in the year 1884, his widow surviving him by a number of years and their children having been three in number.  Henry A. Shively acquired his youthful education in the public schools of Illinois and as a young man he learned the trade of telegraphy.  As an expert operator he served as train dispatcher on various railroads, and he continued to be thus engaged until 1884.  His ambition led him into a broader and more independent field of endeavor and in 1887 he identified himself with the grain business, of which he has continued a resourceful and successful exponent during the long intervening period of thirty years,--a period marked by vigorous and resourceful application on his part and also by cumulative success.  As a liberal and progressive citizen Mr. Shively takes lively interest in community affairs in his home city and though he has never desired political preferment he gives staunch support to the Republican party.  He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Modern Woodmen of America, and both he and his wife are active members of the First Methodist Episcopal church of Champaign, in which city their attractive home is at 411 West White street.  In 1890 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Shively to Miss Marjorie Mott, a daughter of Henry Mott, of Athens, Illinois, and the four children of this union are Jerome D., Jeane, Richard, and Henry A., Jr.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wilbur Earl Shively Who Lived In Otego, Jewell County, Kansas

Wilbur Earl Shively was born 14-July-1884 and died 23-September-1910.  He died from injuries suffered in the train wreck of a Rock Island train which happened two miles east of Clayton, Kansas.  He was buried in the Esbon Cemetery in Jewell County, KS. Wilbur Earl Shively was the son of Samuel E Shively (born 2-Sep-1850 died 2-Jan-1917) and Annie (Anna) E. Piper (born 3-Apr-1851 died 6-Apr-1932). Samuel E. Shively was the son of Benjamin Shively (1813-1873) and Barbara Shively (1815-1893).    Another son of Benjamin and Barbara  Shively was John Shively (1846-1928).  John Shively married Jane Rachel Diehl (1849-1936).   Benjamin George Shively was a son of John and Jane Rachel Shively.  Benjamin George Shively (1869-1931) married Mary E. Stockwell.

The following article mentions Shively cousins and provided the clue to the identity of Wilbur Earl Shively.  Wilbur Earl Shively and Benjamin George Shively are the cousins mentioned in this article found in The Valley Falls New Era, Valley Falls Kansas, Jefferson County, Thursday, September 29, 1910, Page 5, Column 4:
Another Victim
W. E. Shively of Otego Kans., a cousin of Ben F. Shively, of Valley Falls was one of the number killed in the Rock Island railroad wreck in Norton county last Friday morning when our neighbor John Sloop lost his life.  Wilbur E. Shively was about 25 years of age.  He was on his way to Colorado where he was homesteading to visit a sister and occupy his claim.  He had been on the fated train a few hours only.  In the first report of the wreck his post office was given as Agar and friends here were not sure at the time that a relative was among the slain.  Confirmation came later.  These railroad fatalities are getting too near to home.

Additional information regarding the Rock Island railroad wreck  was extracted from The Morning Oregonian, Saturday, September 24, 1910, Page 2, Column 1:

16 LOSE LIVES IN WRECK OF TRAIN
Cloudburst Washes Away Track and Cars Plunge Into Watery Gully
MOST OF DEAD IN SMOKER
Locomotive and Several Cars Leave Track, Other Cars Plowing Into
Them, Killing Many of the Passengers
DENVER, Sept. 23.--Fifteen persons lost their lives and 11 others sustained more or less severe injuries in the wreck, two miles east of Clayton, Kans., early this morning of westbound Rock Island passenger train No. 27, which was due in Denver at 8:25 this morning from Kansas City.
The known dead: 
F.Richenbaugh, Goodland, Kan., engineer A.V. Huffman, Kansas City, baggageman
J.W. Usher, Denver, conductor William Mills, Goodland, Kan., fireman
Herman Mueler, Smith Center, Kan. John Sloop, Boyle, Kan.
W.E. Shively, Agra, Kan. Gilbert M. Yams, Fullerton, Neb.
Eight unidentified persons.
Many Are Injured - The injured:
G.D. Brackon, lineman, Goodland, Kan., arm injured
Mrs. H. F. Scott, Jennings, Kan., right arm injured
Victor Engle, Birmingham, Ala., bruised and cut, not serious
Mrs. T. H. Evans, Langton, Kan., head cut
John Cigler, Stratton, Colo., head and foot cut
D.Duges, no address, side cut
A.H. Avias, Blue Rapids, Kan., left leg broken
Mrs. Anna Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., hand and wrist cut
Henry Ahlers, Meata, Mo., slightly
Helen Benson, Colorado Springs, Colo., slightly
Most of the dead and injured were in the smoker and one of the day coaches.
Cloudburst Causes Wreck.
The wreck was the result of a cloudburst which carried out 1000 feet of a fill at what is normally almost a dry bed, turning the latter into a torrent many yards wide and 20 feet deep.
The train was proceeding on a straight stretch of track.  Evidently the first intimation that the engineer had of any danger came when he realized that the forward portion of the train was running in water which had spread out over the tracks near the fill.  Reversing his engine, the speed of the train was checked but not enough to prevent the engine, baggage car and smoker going over into the depression.
The rear-end of the smoker remained tilted on the earth bank and the chair car ripped its way into the smoker, smashing it to pieces, and killing or injuring many of the passengers.  
As near as can be learned here tonight, all of the passengers killed were occupants of the smoker.
It is certain that Engineer Richenbaugh could have jumped and saved himself but he remained at his post and did everything possible to prevent the train running into the ditch.

Pullmans Stay on Track
The three Pullmans remained on the track and the occupants of these cars were unhurt.
The dead and injured were taken to Norton, Kan. None of the injured is in serious condition.  The washout was repaired late this evening and traffic resumed.
Passengers in the Pullman and other day coach, hurried from their berths and chairs by the shock, hurried out into the storm and rendered what aid they could to the injured and in extricating the mangled bodies of the dead.
Others hurried to Clayton, where news of the accident was wired to division headquarters and within half an hour physicians and nurses and a wreck train were being hurried to the scene from Norton, Colby, Goodland and Phillipsburg.  It was not until late this afternoon, however, that the last body was recovered from the wreck.
Members of the Topeka baseball team of the Western League on their way to Denver were occupants of the Pullman, but escaped injury.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Frederick Schaeuffele And Wife, Ernestina Schneider Nagel, Who Lived In La Porte County, Indiana

A request for information regarding Frederick Schaeuffele who lived in La Porte County, Indiana initiated research for this weeks blog.  The following family was listed on the 1880 Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana census:  Fred Schoefele age 49, blacksmith born in Wittenberg, wife Anestina age 48 born in Baden, step son George Naegle age 24, tin smith born in Indiana, son Fred Schoefele age 16 born in Indiana, son Edward Schoefele age 14 born in Indiana, and daughter Louesa Schoefele age 11 born in Indiana.  Additional information on the family is found on the 1900 Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana census:  Fred L Schaeuffele born Sept 1830, age 69, married 38 years, born in Germany, a blacksmith, immigrated to the US in 1853, wife Ernest born August 1831 in Germany, age 68 having born 5 children and 4 who are still living, son George Nagel born Nov 1856 in Indiana, age 43 profession of tin smith, son F. L. Schaueffele Jr born Oct 1853 in Indiana, age 36 profession of tin smith and son Edward Schaueffele born Nov 1865 in Indiana, age 34 profession of Engineer.

The following newspaper obituary was extracted from the Michigan City Evening Dispatch, December 2, 1912, Page 1, Column 5:
Frederick Schaeuffele, one of the oldest and best known residents of Michigan City, passed into the eternal sleep at 7 o'clock Sunday evening at his home, 519 Washington street, after three years of illness.  While he had been up and about the house in an invalid chair most of the time, a pronounced change for the worse was noted about 3 o'clock in the afternoon.  His breathing was labored and the family physician was sent for.  An examination showed that he was suffering from congestion of the lungs and that the heart was weakening.  At 7 o'clock Mr. Schaeuffele ceased to breathe, and he was dead.  Three years ago Mr. Shaeuffele underwent an operation for relief from piles, and for a time was improved, but two years ago yesterday he suffered a stroke of paralysis, affecting the left side, and he had since been an invalid.
Despite his affliction, he retained his mental faculties to the last.  He was down town in his chair on two or three occasions during the summer and had a pleasant smile and cordial greeting for every old acquaintance that he met.
Mr. Schaeuffele was born in Germany, Sept. 19, 1830, and was educated and learned the trade of blacksmith there.  He came to America when 23 years of age and located in Michigan City inn 1853, this having since been his permanent home, covering a period of 59 years.  For many years he was in the employ of the Michigan Central.  In 1881 he was elected city treasurer and for 17 years served the city most faithfully in that capacity.  When the Michigan City Loan and Building association was organized he became its treasurer and served in that position until his retirement in 1898.
The deceased is survived by his widow, one son, Frederick Schaeuffele, Jr., one daughter, Mrs. Robert Normoyle of Chicago, and one step-son, George Nagel.  He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Jacob Weiler, Sr., of this city, and one brother in Germany.
Mr. Schaeuffele was one of the original members of St. John's church, which was organized in 1856, and he had continued a member until his death.  He was also one of the founders of German Union lodge, I. O. O. F., and was a member of Acme lodge, F. and A. M.

Additional information was found in the Michigan City Evening Dispatch,  December 5, 1912, Page 1, Column 1:
Frederick Schaeuffele
The funeral of the late Frederick Schaeuffle was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at St. John's church, following a brief service at the residence at 1:30.  There was a very large attendance, despite the weather, the members of Acme lodge, F. & A. M., German Union lodge, I. O. O. F., and many friends of the deceased turning out to pay their last respects to one who for a half a century and more has been one of Michigan City's foremost citizens.  The body was interred in Greenwood cemetery.

The following was extracted from the Michigan City News, February 7, 1920, Page 8, Column 4:
Mrs. Ernestina Schaeuffele
Mrs. Ernestina Schaeuffele, widow of the late Frederick Schaeuffele, died at 7 o'clock this morning at the family home, 519 Washington street.  Death was attributed to the infirmities of her advanced years.
The deceased was born in Baden, Germany, August 19, 1831.  She came to America in 1848 and settled in Chicago where four years were spent, the family coming here in 1852.  This city has since been the family home.
Mrs. Schaeuffele endured the privations of pioneer life when Michigan City was but a trading post and she saw the village of the early 50's grow to its present proportions.  Her late husband was city treasurer here for a period of 18 years and the family is one of the best known in the city.
Surviving the deceased are three children, George Nagle and Fred Schaeuffele of this city and Mrs. Robert Normoyle of Chicago.  A son, Edward, died in 1907 at the age of 42 years, and a daughter died in infancy.
Mrs. Schaeuffele was a charter member of St. John's church.  The funeral service will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the family home, Rev. Paul rion will officiate.

The newspaper obituary for Edward Schaeuffele, son of Frederick and Ernestina Schaeuffele was extracted from  the Michigan City Dispatch, April 18, 1907, Page 5, Column 1:
Edward Schaeuffle, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schaeuffele of this city, died at 3 o'clock this morning in a hospital at Joliet from the effects of the rupture of a blood vessel of the head at Joliet last Sunday night.  At the time he was taken ill Mr. Schaeuffele who was a switch engineer on the Michigan Central at Joliet, was on his engine pushing a string of freight cars.  He was removed to the hospital, and Fred Schaeuffele, his father, was summoned to his bedside.  The elder Mr. Schaeuffele went to Joliet Monday morning and found his son conscious and able to recognize those about him.
Edward Schaeuffele was born in this city on Nov. 17, 1865, and in his youth he attended St. John's parochial school and the public schools.  He went to railroading for the Michigan Central as a fireman when he was fifteen years old, and soon became an engineer.  During the last seven years he had been running a switch engine in Joliet, preferring that service to running on the road for the reason that he was not physically very strong.
Besides his parents, Mr. Schaeuffele leaves a brother, Frederick Schaeuffele, Jr., of this city; a sister, Mrs. Robert Normoyle of Chicago, and a half-brother, George Nagel of this city.  The deceased had been a member of Acme lodge, No. 83, F. & A. M., for several years and was also a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Engineers of this city.  News of this death was received with many expressions of regret among his friends and acquaintances.

Extracted from the Michigan City News Dispatch, August 14, 1950, Page 2, Column 2:
Fred Shively
Funeral services for Fred (Jack) Shively, 87, 128 Superior, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hummer mortuary.  Rev. R. P. Brownleewe will officiate, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary until the hour of service. The family has requested that flowers be omitted. Pallbearers, all members of Aerie No. 1228, Fraternal Order of Eagles, will be Leo Cusick, Joseph Jake, Charles Sass, John Shepperson, Earl Voss and Wallace Yorkey.
Mr. Shively was born Aug 1, 1863, in this city and lived here all of his life.  He was the son of Fred and Ernestine (Schneider) Shively and was unmarried.
The deceased was at the son of one of the pioneer families of this city and his only immediate survivor is a sister, Mrs. Louis Normoyle.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Alonzo W. "Leon" Shively And Wife Daisy Wrightman Who Lived In Elkhart County, Indiana

The following holiday family reunion was extracted from The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN, Saturday Evening, December 26, 1914, Page 5, Column 3:
Wrightsman Family Reunion
A reunion of the Wrightsman family was held at the residence of Roy Wrightsman on Lane avenue on Christmas day, and a bounteous dinner of food things was served to the following:  Mr and Mrs. Leon Shively and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Keyser and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, of Plymouth, Ind., Mrs. Mary Depore and son, of Ligonier, Ind., Mrs. David Wrightsman, Miss Ethel Wrightsman and Mrs. A. N. Chamberlain, of Elkhart, Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Keim and family, of Elkhart.  The house and table were beautifully decorated and a Christmas tree was provided for the little folks.  Music was furnished by Chester Shively.  The party broke up at 11 o'clock, with every one present feeling that the day and been very pleasantly spent.

With the title of the article mentioning this was a family reunion some time was spent searching the genealogy of the parties mentioned in the article.  Roy Wrightsman was the host and his wife was Pearle Keim.  "Leon" Shively was a nickname for Alonzo W. Shively who married Daisy Wrightsman.  Daisy Wrightsman was a sister to Roy Wrightsman. Mr. A. J. Keyser married Jessie Wrightsman.  Jessie Wrightsman was a sister to Roy Wrightsman and Daisy Wrightsman.  Mr. Charles Wrightsman was a brother to David Wrightsman.  David Wrightsman was the father of Roy, Daisy, Jessie and Ethel Wrightsman.  Mrs Mary Depore was the grandmother of Pearle Keim Wrightsman.  Mrs. David Wrightsman was the mother of Roy, Daisy, Jessie and Ethel Wrightsman.  A family connection could not be found for Mrs. A. N. Chamberlain.  Mr. and Mrs. Ira A. Keim were the parents of Roy Wrightsman wife, Mrs. Pearle Keim.  Chester Shively was the son of Alonzo and Daisy Shively.

Roy Wrightsman and Pearl Grace Keim were married in Elkhart County, IN in April 1910.  From the marriage certificate it is listed that Roy Wrightsman was born 20-June-1891 son of David C. Wrightsman and Della Campbell.  Pearl Grace Keim was born 2-October-1891 daughter of I A. Keim and Nellie Inks.  

Alonzo W. Shively was the son of Jonas Shively and Esther (Hester) Ann Miller. Jonas Shively was the son of Isaac and Susanna Shively.   On the 1900 Elkhart County, IN census is the household of Alonzo and Daisy Shively and twins Chester R and Ester M being born in February 1900.  In 1900 the occupation of Alonzo Shively was listed as clothier.
Located in The Elkhart Review, Saturday, July 15, 1899, Page 3, Columns 6-7:
Mr. Alonzo W. Shively and Miss Daisy Wrightsman were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Wrighstman, No. 307 Lincoln street, at 8 o'clock last evening, by the Rev. Mr. Parks.  Mr. Shively is one of Elkhart's energetic young businessmen, and Miss Wrightsman is a young lady of exceptional ability.  The Imperial Orchestra furnished the music and played the wedding march.  The music was highly appreciated.  The wedding party stood under an arch of smilax and roses.  Miss Ethel Wrightsman and Mr. Alton Winey acted as attendants, and Miss Jessie Wrightsman bore the ring.  After congratulations the guests were escorted to the dining rooms, where, on tables decorated with smilax and roses, a fine repast was served.  A large number of guests were present, and many fine presents were given the contracting parties.  Those present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stutsman, of Goshen, Mr. and Mrs. John Berhns, of Plymouth, Miss Grace Wrightsman and Miss Bessie, of Plymouth.  They were also favored with a violin solo by Miss Hazel Welch, of Chicago.

Albert James Keyser and Jessie Wrightsman were married in Elkhart County, IN on 25-May-1908.  

Listed on the 1900 Noble County, IN, city of Ligonier census is the household of Mary Depore born Mar-1853, son Georgia born Apr-1883, son Adam born Jan-1886, daughter Mrs. Ira Keim born Feb-1874, granddaughter Pearle born Oct-1891, grandson Alvin born June-1893 and grandson Kenneth born Oct-1896.  

The following newspaper obituary was located in The Elkhart Truth, Wednesday Evening, January 28, 1920, Page 2, Column 4:
Ira Addison Dies Of Typhoid Pneumonia
Ira Addison Keim of 805 McDonald street, age 51 years, died at 10:30 o'clock this forenoon from typhoid pneumonia after an illness of 10 days, the illness having begun with an attack of influenza.
Mr. Keim was born in Millersburg, this county, on February 5, 1868, and had lived in Elkhart 12 years, following the occupation of a carpenter a greater portion of the time.  He was a member of the Carepenters' union, of the BenHurs and of the Modern Woodsmen of America.
Surviving Mr. Keim are his wife, Nellie; two sons, Alvin Keim of Cleveland, O., and Kenneth Keim of this city; a daughter, Mrs. Roy Wrightsman of this city; two grandchildren; two brothers, John Keim of Millersburg and Levi Keim of Kansas City, Kans., and three sisters, Mrs. James Cooper of Millersburg, Mrs. H. Poyser of Topeka, Kans., and Miss Frances Keim of Chicago. 
The funeral arrangements have not been made.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

James Shively And Elizabeth Hunsberger Who Lived In Chester County, Pennsylvania

A Shively researcher has requested help on finding additional information on James Shively and wife Elizabeth Hunsberger who lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Their names on the death certificates for two of their children is all that is known about them.

The death certificate for Mary Mahalah Shively Sheeder who was the daughter of James Shively and Elizabeth Hunsberger was located in the Pennsylvania Death Certificates.  She was born 19-Mar-1833 in Chester County, PA.  She married Samuel Sheeder (Sheader) in Chester County on 29-July-1854.  Mary died on 19-Apr-1914 in Chester County, PA.  She was buried n East Vincent Cemetery.  

The death certificate for Franklin J Shively who was the son of James Shively and Elizabeth Hunsberger was located in the Pennsylvania Death Certificates.  He was born 1-Oct-1836 in East Coventry, Chester County, PA.  He married 1st Sarah Trout who died in 1840 and 2nd on 25-Feb-1892 to Catharine Davidhuser Hilkert. Franklin Shively died on 24-Aug-1907 in Montgomery County, PA.  He was buried in Pottstown Cemetery.

William T. Shively was a son of Franklin Shively and Sarah Trout.  He was born on 11-Apr-1872 and died 1-Aug-1963.  He was married to Sarah Engle. William T Shively was a clothing merchant.
William T. Shively
The following newspaper obituary for William T. Shively was extracted from The Pottstown Mercury, Pottstown, PA, Friday, August 2, 1963, Page 1, Column 1:
Ex-Clothier W. T. Shively Dies At 90
Mosheim's Treasurer Began Career In 1888
Former Executive Preferred Selling
William T. Shively, the dean of Pottstown clothiers, died Thursday morning in the Elizabethtown Masonic homes. He was 90.
Mr. Shively, a guest at the Masonic homes since Nov. 2, 1960, died at 8:40 a.m. after a short illness preceded by a "general weakening".
A Pottstown native and longtime 517 North Charlotte street resident, Mr. Shively entered the home two and a half years after the death of his wife, Sarah (Engle) Shively, March 6, 1958.
Mr. Shively, treasurer of S. Monsheim and sons, a former High street men's clothier, for the 30 years prior to his retirement in 1952, was a clothing salesman for the firm most of his life.
He began as a 16 year old errand boy in the store, then owned by the late Samuel Mosheim, on Aug. 23, 1888 at $3 a week.  He sold almost from the start, although, he recalled later, "I was really hired as an errand boy".
Mr. Mosheim and he were the only two in the store when Mr. Shively was employed.  The store was situated on the South side of High street new the Hotel Shuler.
REMINISCING in The Mercury during the 30s about "gay 90" men's clothing, Shively chuckled about the ready made suits offered to Pottstown men at the time.
"They came only in three models", he remembered.  "There were only shorts, longs and stouts in suit sizes.  If you were of the "in between size", you just purchased the nearest size and pulled them in!"
Suits, when Mr. Shively entered the trade, sold at $10, "and if you wanted a real suit you 
William Shively
paid $15."
The Mosheim store moved to 207 High street in 1897.  Later Mr. Mosheim's sons, Maurice and Edward, entered the business.  After the death of Mr. Mosheim, the firm was incorporated in 1922.  Mr. Shively was one of the incorporators and became treasurer.  The store was sold at his retirement Oct. 28, 1952.
"But I'm still a salesman", he declared, some 15 years after becoming a store executive.
Mr. Shively liked to serve the public, a Mercury store in 1937 (his 49th year at the store) declared.  It added he didn't think there was any such thing as "a real mean customer".
"If they are that way you generally can lay your finger on the trouble by looking to the salesman.  He, nine times out of ten, made them that way".
An "INVETERATE cigar smoker" who enjoyed bass fishing, he was born in Pottstown April 11, 1873.  He was the son of the late Franklin J. and Sarah Shively.
Born on Chestnut street, his family moved to Fricks Lock when he was six years old.  He attended the old Riverview school there until he was 12 when the family moved back to Pottstown.  He completed his grammar school education here.
Mr. Shively began his 66 working years at 14, carrying papers for two years before starting at the clothing store.
Shively met his wife shortly after he became a clothing salesman.  She was then Sarah Engle, daughter of the late William and Matilda Engle, Stowe.
Although she and her future husband were confirmed in the same class at Emmanuel Lutheran church, they didn't become well acquainted until they met at a dance.  They were married Oct. 1, 1895.
Shively is survived by a son, C. Russell Shively, 268 Grace street; a grandson, Robert R. Shively, 858 Feist avenue, and two great granddaughters.
Funeral services will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. from the Schumacher and Reber Funeral home, 359 King street, with the Rev. Dr. Luther A. Krouse, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran church, officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted by the Stichter lodge 254 F and AM.
Interment will be in Mt. Zion cemetery.