Sometimes a story is so interesting that further research needs to be done. There are several newspapers that record the following incident. This account was extracted from The Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, June 23, 1928, Page 1, Column 4:
Farmer Survives Bolt
Lightning Tears Man's Clothes But Hoe Saves Life
Idaho Falls, Idaho, June 22.-- (AP) - Although a bolt of lightning tore his clothes to shreds, splintered a hoe handle in his hands and rendered him unconscious for an hour last night, Dave Shively, 44, farmer living near here, apparently suffered no ill effects except burns about his head and arms and slight shock. A physician said the hoe, by forming a ground contact, saved Shively's life.
Almost eight months later the story was still appearing in the newspapers. Found in The Bradford Era, Bradford, Pennsylvania, Saturday, February 2, 1929, Page 4, Column 3:
Although a bolt of lightning tore his clothes into shreds, splintered a hoe handle in his hands, and rendered him unconscious for an hour, Dave Shively, 44, a farmer living near Idaho Falls, Idaho, apparently suffered no ill effects. His cap was destroyed, his overalls and underwear were torn to strips, one shoe was ripped off, and his socks were set on fire.
Special thanks are given to Kimberly Rafferty and her staff at the Idaho Falls Public Library for locating the obituary for David H. Shively. Located in The Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, February 4, 1938 is the following newspaper obituary:
David H. Shively Dies In Hospital
David H. Shively, a resident of this community for the past 23 years, passed away in a local hospital Friday morning at 8:05 o'clock. His death came following an operation performed a few days ago.
Mr. Shively was born on May 29, 1881, at Cerrogordo, Ill. He moved to Decatur when a boy and lived there until 23 years ago when he came to Idaho Falls.
Mr. Shively was a farmer by occupation and also did some construction work.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. M. J. Shively of Idaho Falls; four brothers, W. O. Shively and Steve Shively, both residing in Idaho Falls; J. E. Shively of Twin Falls and Joseph P. Shively of McKeon, Calif.,and three sisters, Mrs. John Metzbar of Iowa, La., Mrs. Charles Sleppy and Mrs. Ben Moore, both of Idaho Falls.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced. The body is at the McHan Funeral Home.
Further information was located in The Post Register, February 6, 2011, Page 10:
Shively Rites Will Be Held Here Sunday
Funeral rites will be conducted in the McHan Funeral chapel Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for David Shively, resident here for the past 23 years and farmer residing west of Idaho Falls. He passed away in a local hospital Friday morning following an operation.
The Rev. J. Samuel Bailey will officiate. Interment will be in the Rose Hill cemetery.
Thank you to those who recorded the burials in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Find-A-Grave. Among those listed in the burials is David H. Shively born 29-May-1881 and died 4-Feb-1938, David (in researching I believe this should be Donald George Shively, son of William O. Shively) died 25-Feb-1934, Solomon C Shively born 16-Apr-1855 and died 8-Feb-1926 and his second wife, Mary J. Shively born 8-Mar-1859 and died 29-Mar-1939. Also buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery are William Oren Shively and May Shively Sleppy, who were the step-brother and step-sister of David Henry Shively.
David Henry Shively was the son of Solomon C Shively and his first wife, Sophrona. It is recorded in The Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, Illinois, Friday, June 1, 1883, Page 4, Column 4: Solomon C. Shively vs Sophrona Shively, divorce, decree pro confess; evidence heard by court, and decree granted. Solomon Shively married 2nd to Mary Jane Yount Peck on 21-June-1883 in Macon County, IL.
In reviewing the census records Solomon and Sophrona Shively had at least the following children: Joseph born ca. 1874, Lilly born ca. 1877, Lucy born ca. 1879 and David Henry born 1881. Solomon and Mary Jane had the following children: twins William Oren and Vinnie May born September 1883, Catherine born July 1888, twins John and Stephen born November 1891, and Mary born July 1893. There is an obituary in the Post Register for a J. E. (Jack) Shively which mentions he was born Nov. 21, 1892 and was a brother to the children of Solomon and Mary Jane Shively. It is not known at this time if this is the twin brother of Stephen or if this is another son of Solomon and Mary Jane.
Solomon Shively was the son of Stephen Shively (1828-1912) who married in Clinton County, Indiana ca. 1850 to Catharine Metzger (1831-1914). The parents of Stephen Shively were Jacob Shively (1805-1872) and Susan Metzger (1806-1883). The parents of Jacob Shively were Johannes (John) Shively, Sr (1775-1848) and Esther Wolf (1785-1822). The parents of Johannes (John) Shively were Christian Shively, Sr (1744-1834) and Susanna Cripe (1748-1818). The father of Christian Shively was Ulrich (Uli) Shively baptized 8-Jan-1722 in village of Oberdorf, District of Waldenburg, Canton of Baselland, Switzerland.