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.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Charles Shively And Wife Clara B. Thixton, Who Lived In Huron County, Ohio

Charles Shively
Charles Shively was born in Vigo County, IN on 18-Oct-1863. He died on 3-Oct-1940 in Springfield, Clark County, OH. He was married to Clara B. Thixton who had lived in Owensboro, Daviess County, KY.  Clara was the daughter of John Thixton. Charles and Clara had one daughter Mary Ellen Shively who married Edgar Bell. Charles may have married a second time. In 1906 Charles Shively and partners bought the newspaper Norwalk Experiment and the Huron County News.  From newspaper articles it appears Charles Shively spoke his mind often times making him unpopular.  Following are several of the newspaper articles documenting his activities.

Extracted from The Norwalk Reflector-Herald, Tuesday, November 5, 1940, Page 8, Column 4:
Chas. Shively, 79, Formerly Of Norwalk,Is Dead
Word has been received of the death of Charles Shively at Springfield, OH. Interment was made at Terre Haute, Ind., his birth place. He was born in 1861. Mr. Shively published the Experiment News here about 20 years and for many years was employed as a proof read by the Crowell Publishing Co. of Springfield where the American Magazine, Colliers Weekly and three other major magazines are printed.  In his proof reading work, Mr. Shively was prominent among those engaged in this exacting branch of the magazine publishing business.  Mr. Shively is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Edgar Bell of Norwalk and six grandchildren.  He was engaged in the publishing business in Kentucky for a time.

From The Norwalk Reflector-Herald, Tuesday, January 29, 1946, Page 1, Column 2:
Did You Know
by J. H. Williams, Curator Firelands Museum
The Experiment passed into the hands of Charles Shively, an able, but erratic editor, whose main fault was in calling a spade a spade with the consequent enemy results.  Shively was in more or less hot water during his incumbency.  His desire was to boss the democratic party in Huron County. He tried to be appointed postmaster, failing in getting the appointment he soured on the town, sold out to Judge Earl S. Miller, who in turn sold to Colonel Davis, since which time the Experiment has been the property of the Davis family.

From The Evening Herald, Thursday, December 27, 1906, Page 2, Column 2:
Experiment And News Company Now Is Conducted Under New Auspices
New Officer And Directors Are Chosen At Meeting Yesterday
At a meeting of the stockholders of the Experiment and News company yesterday, the plant of which was purchased the first of last October by Mr. Charles Shively and associates, the following directors were elected:  Charles Shively, Clara B Shively, Frank A. Shively of Terre Haute, Ind., John Thixton jr. of Louisville, Ky., John Thixton sr. of Owensboro, Ky., and Herman E. Lowy of Norwalk.
Immediately the directors elected the following officers for the coming year: Charles Shively, president and general manager, Herman E. Lowy, vice president, Mrs. Clara B Shively, secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Charles Shively has been in the printing and newspaper business for many years before coming to Norwalk.  In Indiana, his native state, he was with the old Rockport Democrat.
For the past twenty years he and his family have resided in Ohio, fifteen of which have been as residents of Norwalk.
F. A. Shively, of Terre Haute, Ind., one of the directors, is a merchant of that city and a brother of Mr. Charles Shively.
Herman E. Lowy, vice president of the new company, has been connected for the past five years with Die Columbia as editor and since Mr. Shively has acquired this property, Mr. Lowy has now identified himself with the Experiment & News Company also.
Messrs John Thixton, sr. and John Thixton, jr. are residents of Louisville, Ky., and Owensboro, Ky., respectively.  Both gentlemen are prominent in business and banking circles and are relatives of Mrs. Charles Shively.

From The Evening Herald, Wednesday, June 12, 1912, Page 1, Columns 3-4:
Controversy Over Crop Of Strawberries
George Snider Files Affidavit Charging Assault by Chas. Shively And Fred Miller
A dispute over the right to harvest a crop from a strawberry patch yesterday forenoon led to a physical encounter between the claimants and a third party which presents some rather unusual features, and which led to the filing of an affidavit this afternoon with Justice of the Peace Bechtol charging Charles Shively, editor of the Experiment-News and Fred Miller, of this city, with assault and battery on the person of George Snider, who lives at 298 West Main street.
While the affidavit filed does not go into details, statements made by the parties to the affair, which do not differ materially from each other, indicate that the fracas arose over an agreement made between Shively and Snider to plant a piece of land to strawberries on shares.  Shively was to furnish the land Snider the labor.
Shively says that Snider failed to furnish labor in sufficient quantities to entitle him to share in the proceeds of the crop.  Snider on the other hand claims that he labored hard and long, and the he was justly entitled to half the strawberries which might be gleaned off the patch.  Yesterday morning Snider came to the field, which lies somewhere in the rear of the Shively residence on West Main street, equipped with baskets and proceeded to garner of the fruits of the field.  He hadn't picked so very many when Shively appeared on the scene and ordered Snider off the lot. Snider refused to go, whereupon, the "doings" began.  When the gong rang at the end of the first round Shively was on the ground with a gash over his eye where Snider had kicked him after knocking him down.  Snider's victory was not destined to do him any lasting good, however for when Fred Miller, who had been impartially watching proceedings up to this time saw Snider kick Shively when the latter was "down", he decided that wasn't sportsmanlike and "butted in".
Miller and Snider roughed it for a moment during which short period of time Miller acquired a discolored eye.  By this time Shively had arisen and went to Miller's assistance.  Together, they overpowered Snider and threw him down.  Then, according to Snider, Miller struck him several times while he was being held, and blacked one of his eyes in return for the gorgeous optic which he had bestowed upon Miller.
Still holding Snider, the victors then proceeded to tie Snider's hands together with a stout rope and as did the conquering legionaries of imperial Rome, the captive was trailed in triumph to the street.  With a parting admonition to go home and let his wife untie him, Snider says he was turned loose.  He finally succeeded in uniting the knot with his teeth, after appealing in vain to a passer-by.
Bearing a piece of rope, which he said was part of the rope with which he was tied, Snider appeared in the office of a local attorney this morning.  He looked battered, and his eye was a sight.  Editor Shively had not appeared at his office pup to noon today.  Miller appeared to have escaped with the least damage, and yesterday afternoon was reciting his version of the affair in the business district with much animation.

Located in Norwalk Reflector-Herald, Friday, September 28, 1917, Page 1, Column 6:
Gets Taste Of Own Medicine
Editor Who Villified Local Merchants Given Worst Dose In Town’s History
Charles Shively, editor of the weekly Experiment and News, and who for many years has taken delight in personally vilifying his betters, literally “got his” today.
And the whole town is shaking with laughter.
A. A. Kist, who is conducting the co-operative sale for local merchants, emptied a five-gallon bucket of fresh cow manure on Shively’s head and then jammed the bucked down over his head and ears, while a crowd of some 200 people laughed till they ached.
It was the climax of a bitter attack Shively has been making in his paper the last two issues against Mr. and Mrs. Kist, and some thirty prominent Norwalk merchants who are conducting the sale.
Kist armed with the bucket of manure, waited on prominent street corners for two hours Friday morning waiting for Shively to appear.  Finally, shortly after 12 o’clock, Shively appeared near the court house and made a bee-line for the waiting city car at the corner of Linwood avenue  -- possibly he (literally) scented danger and sought the car.
He was accosted by Mrs. Kist, who stepped in front of him and said:  “I want to know what you mean by our attacks on me in your paper?”
“Never mind what I mean,” Shively is said to have replied.  “I’ll get you yet”.
Mr. Kist then stepped in front of him and told his wife to get out of the way.
“I’ll attend to him”, Kist said.
Just at that moment Shively’s hat, either blew off or was knocked off, and Kist upturned the bucket and its slimy contents over his head, jamming it down over his shoulders.
When Shively got out from under and pried his eyes open he saw a gib crowd of people, among them merchants he had called crooks and boobs, laughing loud and long.
He made at Kist and was met by a smashing blow on the nose from Kist’s fist.  He got a couple more in the same place and then ran back and got the bucket to attack Kist with.  But that time the fight had turned into a travesty, and the man, literally reeking and choking with filth, made its way into Ferguson’s saloon, where he spent an hour getting cleaned and sent home for clothes.
The cause of the outbreak was Shively’s attack on prominent local merchants, as well as Kist.  He printed that the sale last spring had been a fake and the prize-winning a swindle, implicating five local merchants who stand above reproach as leading men of the community.  For many years the fellow has been printing lies and false stories and innuendoes about Norwalk people, and the general sentiment is that he got what was coming to him.
“I have no statement whatever to make,” said Mr. Kist when interviewed by a reporter, “except to say that I made him eat his words”.
Kist was served with papers late this afternoon, sworn out in Squire Pechtel’s court, charging him with assault.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Harriet Isabell Gibson, Wife Of Jacob Shively, Who Lived In Clarke County, Iowa and Napa County, California

"Hattie" Harriet Isabell Gibson Shively
Harriet Isabell Gibson was born 16-July-1844 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA and died 9-March-1945 in St. Helena, CA.  She was buried in 1945 in Ottawa Cemetery, Clarke County, Iowa.  Harriet Gibson was married to Jacob Shively.  Jacob Shively was born 4-March-1840 in Schuylkill County, PA and died 22-August-1932 in Osceola, Clarke County, IA.  Jacob Shively was the son of Christian Shively (born 1-April-1812 died 3-February-1862) and Susannah "Susan" Heasley (16-November-1813 died 27-April-1893).

Listed on the 1910 Jackson Township, Clarke County, Iowa census is the family of Jacob Shively age 70, married 44 years, farmer with wife Hattie I age 63, daughter Edith R age 23, boarder Arthur VanVleet age 16 and boarder Jennie Decker age 12.

Extracted from the San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, July 24, 1944, Page 11, Column 6:
                      At 100, S. F. Woman Busy In Red Cross
Although she marked her 100th birthday anniversary Sunday, July 16, Mrs. Jacob Shively of Sanitarium, Cal., fills her days with Red Cross activities and handiwork and maintains a keen interest in war happenings and the Presidential election.
A birthday celebration in her honor was held at the home of her daughter, Dr. Ida S. Nelson of Sanitarium.  Mrs. Shively was a resident of Clark county, Iowa, for 69 years before making her home in this State.
Mrs. Shively's five living children are:  Mrs. Edith S. Halvorsen and Dr. Ida S. Nelson of Sanitarium; Mrs. W. E. Nelson, Washington, D. C.; John Shively, Osceola, Iowa and Dr. J. Dow Shively of Clinton, Mo.
Abstaining from tea, coffee, tobacco and alcoholic beverages are all factors to which Mrs. Shively, a vegetarian, attributes her long life.

The death of Harriet Isabell Gibson Shively was reported in The Sacramento Bee, Wednesday, March 14, 1945, Page 8, Column 5:
Napa Woman Dies At Century Mark
St. Helena (Napa Co).  March 14 -- The body of Mrs. Hattie Shively, who died here in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Edith Haalverson, at the age of 100, is en route to Iowa for burial.
Mrs. Shively who came to California in 1932 to reside after the death of her husband, the late Jacob Shively, is survived by her other daughters, Dr. Ida Nelson of the St. Helena Sanitarium and Mrs. W. E. Nelson of Washington, D. C. and her sons, John Shively of Iowa and Dr. J. D. Shively of Missouri.

On the 1910 Clarke County, Iowa census in the household of Jacob and Hattie Shively is Jennie Decker.  The following information was extracted from the Chariton Herald-Patriot, Chariton, Iowa, Thursday, May 3, 1917, Page 5, Column 2:
Jennie Hazel Decker was born in the city of New York, June 20th, 1896, and died at her home in Lucas, Iowa, on Sunday April 22nd, 1917.  She was the daughter of George and Jennie Decker.  Being left an orphan at the age of four, she made her home near Woodbury, Iowa, with Jacob and Hattie Shively.  She was a kind, obedient and affectionate child, and was much loved by those who had her under their care, and by all who knew her.  On September 12th, 1909, she was baptized and united in full faith with the Seventh Day Adventist church at Woodbury.  To this faith she was devoted and true to the close of her life.
On July 4th, 1915, she was married to David Ora Cook.  To his union came a little son to brighten their home, David Andrew, born July 30th, 1916.  She was a true, loving, faithful wife and an affectionate and devoted mother.  During her last sickness she was very patient. Everything was done that loving hands could to to relieve her.  Her friends who could not come longed to be by her side and administer to her wants and needs and alleviate her sufferings.
She leaves to mourn, aside from her husband and darling baby, two brothers, James, who is in New Jersey, and William, who is here.  The Shively family will miss her greatly, for they loved her as their own.  Words cannot express the sorrow that friends feel at their loss, but they hope to meet her again on the resurrection morning.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Frank C. Shively And Wife Bertie Westover Who Lived In Mahoning County, Ohio And Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Frank C. Shively was the son of Jeremiah Shively and Ellen Carson.  Frank was born 28-July-1874 in Berlin Center, Mahoning County, Ohio and died 21-November-1961.  He was married to Bertie Westover on 19-Sep-1895.   His father, Jeremiah Shively, was born 13-Dec-1844 in Berlin Center and did 12-Apr-1927 in Mercer County, PA.  Jeremiah Shively was the son of Lawrence Shively and Margaret Best. The mother of Frank C. Shively was Mary Ellen Carson, daughter of George Carson and Catherine Grose.  She was born 1-Aug-1849 and died 17-Jun-1931.  

The newspaper obituary for Frank C. Shively was extracted from The Salem News, Salem, Ohio, Wednesday, November 22, 1961, Page 6, Columns 1-2:
BERLIN CENTER -- Frank C. Shively, 87, of Berlin Center, died of a heart attack at the Jane Frances Nursing Home in Marlboro at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Born July 28, 1874, in Berlin Center, he was the son of Jeremiah and Ellen Carson Shively.  His wife, the former Bertie Westover, whom he married on Sept. 19, 1895, died June 21, 1956.
He was a cashier at the First National Bank of Sharon, Pa., for 25 years before retiring in 1945.  He was a member of the Berlin Center Methodist Church, Mahoning Lodge in New Castle, Delta Chapter, R.A.M. of New Castle, Lawrence Commandry of Knights Templar, Zem Zem Shrine in Erie, Pa., and Antioch Conclave of Red Cross of Constantine.  He became a 33rd degree Mason in 1921.
He is survived by two cousins, Mr. W. B. Shively and Mr. F. L. Shively, both of Berlin Center.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Berlin Center Methodist Church, where the body will lie in state from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.  Rev. Dale Wagner of the Berlin Center Church will officiate.   Burial will be in the Berlin Center Mausoleum.
Friends may call at the Williams Funeral Home in Canfield from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Several newspaper articles give more information on the life of Frank C. Shively. Located in The New Castle News, Wednesday, July 3, 1907, Page 27, Column 1:
Never Seen A Ball Game
To live thirty years in the world, and to have never seen a game of ball, is the unusual distinction enjoyed by Frank Shively, assistant to Agent Turner of the Pennsylvania.
When interviewed in the status of the case Shively admits it to be a fact that he has never seen even a single inning of an exhibition of the national game.  When the cause is asked for, Frank replies that the reason for his missing so much of the elixir of life is the fact that he has been constantly on duty, day and night, ever since his early youth.  While he regrets having never seen Bill Smith gallop around the thistles in center, or to have witnessed the unusual exhibition of Schintter striking out, he says that he is content to do without the pleasure of going to Cascade to see the Nocks play.

New Castle News, Saturday, November 2, 1907, Page 2, Column 4:
Shively Is Back

With the scent of the Pacific sea breezes still fresh in his matted locks, Frank Shively, ticket clerk for the Pennsylvania lines in this city, blew in yesterday after a month's trip through different parts of the west.  Shively visited San Francisco, Denver, Pasadena, and other localities.  He reports a pleasant outing.

New Castle News, Wednesday, July 19, 1916, Page 39, Column 4:
New Castle Man Goes To Sharon
F. C. Shively Will Take Vacancy Caused By Resignation Of Gaylor
Announcement was made today that Ticket Agent E. H. Gaylord, for the past 13 years in charge of the Sharon office of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, has resigned, his resignation becoming effective on July 20.  He will be succeeded by F. C. Shively, for a number of years past, ticket clerk at the New Castle station, says the Sharon Herald.
The announcement came as a great surprise to Mr. Gaylord's numerous friends. He has been in the employ of the Pennsy for the past 21 years.  For five years he worked in the freight office in Sharon and for three years he was located in New Castle.  Then he spent six months in the Youngstown offices before taking charge of the Sharon office in 1903, succeeding Joseph Hardy.  He has been efficient and obliging and during his long tenure of office has done much to increase the Pennsy passenger business out of Sharon. He has not yet decided upon his future movements, but will locate somewhere in the west.  
Mr. Shively, who will succeed him, is one of the best known of the younger Pennsy passenger men and is highly popular with patrons of the line.  In his New Castle position and his fraternal affiliations he is well known to Sharon people and he is assured of a warm welcome here.

New Castle News, Monday, September 24, 1917, Page 23, Column 3:
Frank Shively Leaves Railroad
Former Employe of Pennsylvania In This City To Take Up Bank Work
Local friends of Frank C. Shively will be interested to learn that he has given up railroad work and today enters upon his new duties as assistant cashier of the McDowell National Bank in Sharon.
Mr. Shively has been connected with the Pennsylvania railroad for 19 years and was for years in the New Castle office but left here about one year ago to become ticket agent at Sharon .  He is one of the popular men of the E and A division and his decision to leave the railroad will cause considerable surprise here.

Simpson's Leader-Times, Kittanning, Pennsylvania, Friday, January 9, 1931, Page 16, Column 2:
Dog Stopped Traffic
Sharon, Jan. 9 -- (UP) --  A crowd of 300 persons dropped business here momentarily yesterday to witness the rescue of a poodle pup from the Shenango river by two officials of the First National Bank.  Cashier Frank C. Shively and his assistant, William Bryer, succeeded in lassoing the dog which had fallen into the river while attempting to cross on the ice.  It was pulled out of a small whirlpool.

The Indiana Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Friday, June 12, 1931, Page 3, Column 3:
SHARON -- Mrs. Mary E. Shively, 82, mother of Cashier Frank C. Shively of the First National Bank, Sharon, was in serious condition in Buhl Hospital today as result of a fall in her home yesterday.  Mrs. Shively is suffering from a fractured hip and shock.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

John William Shively, Son Of James Henry Shively And Annie Frazier, From Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

A recent genealogy request was received regarding additional information on the family of John William Shively who had lived in Clearfield County, PA. The subjects of the 2-June-2012 blog were his parents, James Henry Shively and Annie Frazier.  

Following is information for John William Shively who was born 2-April-1880 at Petersburg, Huntingdon County, PA and died 18-May-1960 at Curwensville, Clearfield County, PA. He was married first to Minnie Daub (Dobb) on 4-Dec-1902 in Clearfield County.  Minnie was born Sep-1880 and died 21-Oct-1915 at the Clearfield Hospital of surgical shock. John William Shively was married second to Lydia Myrtle Stiver.  They were married in May-1918. Myrtle was the daughter of Andrew C. Stiver and Edith Stinerock.  

John and Minnie Shively are listed on the 1910 Clearfield County, PA census. Listed in the family are John Shively age 30, wife Minnie age 28, daughter Hazel age 6, daughter Mildred age 3 and daughter Jean age 1 and several months. Listed on the 1920 Clearfield County, PA census, Pike Township, Curwensville Precinct is John W. Shiveley age 39, wife Myrtle age 25, daughter Mildred age 15, daughter Jean age 11, son Paul age 8 and daughter Ruby age 4.  On the 1930 Clearfield County, PA census is the record of John Shively age 50, wife Myrtle age 35, daughter Ruby age 14, grandson William Durst age 6 and Lawrence Stiver age 16.

Newspaper articles give additional information on this family.  Extracted from The Progress, Clearfield, PA, Wednesday, May 18, 1960, Page 18, Column 5:
John W. Shively
CURWENSVILLE--John William Shively, 80, of Naulton road, Curwensville, died at his home May 18.  A son of James H and Annie (Frazier) Shively, he was born April 2, 1880, at Petersburg, Huntingdon County.
Surviving are his wife, Myrtle (Stiver) Shively and these children:  Mrs. Hazel Haines, Muncy; Mrs. Mildred Chusing, Mayville, N.Y.; Mrs. Jean Irvin, Pleasant Gap; Paul, Curwensville; two stepchildren, Mrs. Ruby Owens, Lockport, NY and Lawrence Stiver, Curwensville.
The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mack Shively, Clearfield; Mae Shively, Curwensville; Mrs. Jane Given, Chambersburg; Mrs. Clara Wingate, St. Petersburg, Fla; Mrs. Pearl Bailor, Curwensville; James Shively, Minot, N.D.; Mrs. Glenna Thurstin, Pine Grove Mills; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Minnie (Daub) Shively, his parents, one brother and one sister.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Lininger Funeral Home at Curwensville, the Rev. Ira R. Duvall officiating.  Interment will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday after 7 p.m. until time of services Saturday.

The following newspaper obituary  was extracted from The Progress, Clearfield, PA, Thursday, June 18, 1964, Page 2, Column 6:
Mrs. Lydia M. Shively
CURWENSVILLE--Mrs. Lydia Myrtle Shively, 70, of Naulton Road, Curwensville, died in the Clearfield Hospital yesterday at 11:50 a.m. A daughter of Andrew C. and Edith (Stinerock) Stiver, she was born at Force, Elk County,, June 16, 1894.
Surviving are the following children:  Lawrence Stiver, Curwensville; Mrs. Ruby Owens, Lockport, N.Y.; these stepchildren; Mrs. Hazel Hines, Muncy; Mrs. Mildred Cushing, Mayville, N.Y.; Mrs. Jean Irwin and Paul Shively, both of Curwensville.
Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren; a sister and a brother, Herbert Stiver and Mrs. Minnie Forcey, both of Curwensville.    
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Shively, in 1960, her parents and one sister.
Burial services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the Russell H. Lininger Funeral Home, Curwensville, with the Rev. Dr. E. Roy Hauser officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 p.m. today until the hour of service Saturday.

The following newspaper obituary was extracted from The Buffalo News, Sunday, June 7, 1998, Page D3:
Ruby A. Owens, a retired Harrison Radiator Division production worker, died Saturday (June 6, 1998) in Odd Fellows and Rebekah Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.  Mrs. Owens, 82, was born Ruby Shively in Curwensville, Pa., and come to Lockport in 1945.
She was employed for 28 years as a production worker at the Harrison Radiator plant.  She retired in 1977.
She was a member of the Navy Club, Harrison Retirees and United Auto Workers Union Local 686.
Mrs. Owens is survived by three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Gaul Funeral Home, 263 East Ave. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Extracted from The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA, Monday, November 27, 2000, Page 2, Columns 1-2:
Lawrence D. Stiver
Retired from Howe Leather Co.
Lawrence D. Stiver, 86, of Curwensville, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000.  Born Dec. 17, 1913, he was a son of the late John and Myrtle Shively.  He was united in marriage to Alice Johnson in 1940, and she preceded him in death April 14, 1965.
One daughter, Sharon L. Dick of Petersburg survives, along with two nieces and a nephew, three grandsons  and two great-grandsons.
One daughter, Cindy Lou Stiver, preceded him in death May 5, 1953.
Mr. Stiver retired from Howe Leather Co. in Curwensville, after many years of service.  He was active in his community and served as chairman of the Curwensville Days Parade Committee for many years.  He was also the manager of the Curwensville baseball team.
He was a member of the Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder Company, where he was president for 13 years, Clearfield County Fireman's Association, Central District Firemen's Association and the Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder Fire Police.
Funeral services will be held at the Choirboy Funeral Home in Curwensville Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Donald Hurley officiating.  Interment will be made in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder Fire Police or the Curwensville United Methodist Church.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cora Lauretta Shively Cato, Daughter Of Jacob Banta Shively And Anna Mavity, Who Lived In Dubois County, Indiana

Cora Lauretta Shively, daughter of Jacob Banta and Anna Mavity Shively, was born 26 February 1843 in Dubois County, Indiana.  She married Jacob Giegar Cato on 4 July 1858 (Marriage Book 1 -- page 428) Dubois County, Indiana.  He was born 2 March 1838 and live on a farm southeast of Huntingburg and purchased an interest in the farmer's mill, which he owned until his death 4 April 1906.  He served 13 years as an assessor of his township and a number of years on the City Council of Huntingburg.  Their children:  John T., Anna R., Ella, J. Barton, Emma, William Wayne, Benjamin F., and Lulu B.  (Information from Descendants of Henry and Mary Banta Shively by Lottie Compton McDowell, 1972, Page 29.)

Additional information was extracted from the newspaper obituary found in The Huntingburg Independent, Huntingburg, Indiana, Saturday January 19, 1918, Page 1, Columns 5-6:
Former Resident Of Huntingburg Dies In Evansville Wednesday Of Cancer
Mrs. Loretta Shively Cato, widow of the late Jacob G. Cato, who until a few years ago was a resident of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, January 16, 1918, in Evansville, Indiana, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Wolfe, with whom she had resided since her removal from Huntingburg.  The cause of her death was cancer.  Her remains were brought to this city yesterday morning and taken to the home of E. W. Blemker, from which place the funeral will take place his morning at 10:00 o'clock, the remains to be taken thence to the Central Christian church, where the pastor, Rev. C. W. Parks, will preach the funeral sermon.  The burial will follow at Fairmount cemetery.
Mrs. Cato was the daughter of the late Rev. Jacob Banta and Anna Shively, and was born on what is now known as the Henry Dufendach farm, adjoining the fairgrounds on the east, February 26, 1843.  She was the youngest of eleven children born to this venerable couple, whose lives were so intimately connected with the early history of the southern part of Dubois county.  Her father and her father-in-law, Rev. Green Cato, were two of the early Christian ministers who came to this county.  Mrs. Cato was also the sister of the gallant Captain Lewis Biram Shively, killed at Peach Tree Creek, near Atlanta, on July 22, 1864, and for whom the local Grand Army Post was named.  Having been brought up in a christian family, Mrs. Cato early in life united with the church and has lived true to her faith all her life.
July 4, 1858, she was united in marriage to Jacob G. Cato.  For a number of years they resided on the place that is still known as the Cato farm, near the place where she was born, and when their family had become grown they removed to Huntingburg.  They were the parents of eight children--four sons and four daughters.  Two of the children--John T. Cato and Wm. W. Cato--have preceded the mother in death.  The father died twelve years ago.  The children who survive are:  Mrs. Anna Cox, of this city; Mrs. Ella Wolfe, of Evansville; Dr. J. Barton Cato, of Hutsonville, Ill.; Mrs. Emma Drasch, of Pennsylvania; Rev. Ben Cato, of Little Rock, Ark; and Mrs. Lula Bitters.  She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Cato was a true christian woman.  She was loved by all who knew her, and she was known by a large circle of friends, all of whom will sincerely regret to learn of her death.  She reached the ripe old age of 74 years, 10 months and 20 days, having spent her years in a truly useful and christian-like manner.

The newspaper obituary for her husband was extracted from the New Albany Evening Tribune, New Albany, Indiana, Thursday, April 5, 1906, Page 4, Column 2:
Jacob Cato, of Huntingburg, Ind., father of the Rev. B. F. Cato, pastor of the Central Christian church, died this morning.  He was taken ill with la grippe which developed into pneumonia.  He was sixty eight years old.  Mr. Cato left this morning for Huntingburg and Mrs. Cato will leave tonight.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Party For Kaye Shively - 1948 - Pottawattomie County, Iowa

The following newspaper article was extracted from The Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil, Wednesday, October 27, 1948, Page 6, Column 4:
Halloween Party For Kaye Shively
Ghosts, witches and black cats stalked the rooms of the Kenneth Shively home, Sunday evening, when a party honored Kay Shively on her tenth birthday anniversary.
Each guest was escorted individually through a corridor of horrors to reach a decorated playroom.
Guests bobbed for bubble gum, tossed peanuts through the witch's mouth, and searched for the cat's tail.  Each received a fortune in a sealed peanut shell from the witches' cauldron.
Refreshments were served from a table decorated with orange and black witches and cats, lighted by candles.
Bidden guests included Carol Potkonjak, JoAnn Prentice, Phyllis Breese, Karen Medley, Barbara Flowers, Sharron Prominski, Connie Johnson, Sherrel Roberts, Karen Engle, Marcine Griffin, Sandra Sue Mount, Barbara Parrish, Jeanine Kelley, and Kathy Butler.
Assisting Mr. and Mrs. Shively with the party were Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ronk, Mrs. Ralph Butler and Bob Butler.

Kenneth Jones Shively and his wife, Viola, were the parents of Kaye Shively. Kenneth was the son of Richard C. Shively and Katie B. Jones who were married in Council Bluffs, Pottawattomie County, Iowa on 15-October-1888.  Richard C. Shively was the son of William Thomas Shively and Thresea E. Hayden.  William Thomas Shively was born in Kentucky and was the son of John B. Shively and Sarah Heaverin.