While researching in the California records this week the name of Morgan Shively was mentioned in a news article. A search in the census records located a Morgan Shively in the household of his parents in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Search in the newspapers in Lancaster County located news articles with more personal details regarding the life of Morgan Shively than were posted in the California articles.
The following article was located in The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, Tuesday Morning, January 4, 1910, Page 1, Columns 5-6:
Lincoln Man Slain
Morgan Shively Stabbed To Death At San Gabriel
Police Hold Two Suspects
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Stone Put Under Arrest
Couple Also Former Residents Of Lincoln, But Claim To Have LIttle Knowledge Of The Tragedy
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Jan. 3. -- It developed today that Morgan Shively, who yesterday morning was mortally wounded in what the police believe was a knife fight in the dark, jumped through the kitchen window of his home and naked ran about 500 yards before dropping dead, came from Lincoln, Neb., where his home is. His body was found in the road lying face down, the hands clawed in the dirt. Sheriff Hammel arrested George A. Stone and his wife and locked them up in the county jail pending an investigation. Stone denies having had anything to do with the cutting, as also does the wife. Shiveley was twenty-six years of age, a quiet young man, with no enemies and many friends.
From intimate, friends it is learned that Shively came to Los Angeles several years ago from Lincoln, Neb. He made three trips back to his home. Shively told friends that he had been with the Stone family for a number of years, and that Stone met the woman now his wife, at Shively's home in Lincoln.
Installed Stones In Home
Shively was a conductor on the San Gabriel division of the Pacific electric. He rented a pretty little home on San Gabriel boulevard. The Stones went there to live and fixed up the place. Banners of the University of Nebraska decorated the walls, together with photographs of Lincoln scenes.
A neighbor, Fred Donaldson, was awakened early by a frantic hammering on his door. Stone and his wife, scantily clothed, were there terribly excited.
"Thev've got Morgan," they shouted. They then said that Shively had been stabbed to death by robbers. Stone had hysterics and was walking about, in the road greatly excited. When Stone was taken to the body he jerked out his revolver and shouted that he knew who did the work and that he would kill them. Stone was taken back to the house where the murder occurred. Hammel stated that he wanted to take Stone there in order to get come clothing for him. The accused, sheriff and a deputy entered the house. Stone came out much whiter than when he entered and seemed extremely nervous.
The house tells a story of a terrible battle, where men struggled and fought, the one seemingly trying to escape, the other bent on murder. The kitchen was wrecked, chairs overturned, windows crushed and the sink torn from the wall and great pools of blood marked the ebbing life of the doomed man. The wound that caused the death of Shively nicked the ulna artery. In the fury of the fight the man literally pumped his heart out trying to get away from his assailant.
Parties Well Known In Lincoln
George A. Stone and Morgan Shively were well known in Lincoln. Both were young men. For a long time Shively was a railway mail clerk. Stone came here from Kansas City and for a time worked at the planing mail at Twenty-first and X streets, where his father was a foreman. Stone married in Lincoln or soon after leaving Lincoln, and for a time was located in Seattle, where he worked for a packing company. Shively left Lincoln about a year ago and went to Seattle, and those whom knew him heard he was rooming with Mr. and Mrs. Stone. Stone and Shively were boon companions in Lincoln and before Stone's marriage were together much of the time. After quitting the planning mill Stone worked in a number of places, at one time being a clerk in the grocery at Tenth and P streets, then run by the Sutter-Henry company.
Stone's father was a widower when the son came here from Kansas City, and remained so for a year or more afterward, but later married and moved to South Omaha, where it was said he worked for a packing company. The son was a spendthrift, and while he worked most of the time he frequently was unable to meet the obligations.
News Reaches Shively's Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Shively, parents of Morgan Shively, live at 2232 Z street. They received notice of the murder by telegram Sunday evening. Their messages were very brief and lacked detail. The parents at once telegraphed Mr. Stone at San Gabriel asking for the details of the murder and received a reply saying that Mr. Stone was in the county jail.
Morgan Shively was twenty-six years of age. The parents say their son Morgan and Mr. Stone were great friends while Mr. Stone was in Lincoln. In fact it was Mr. Stone who persuaded Mr. Shively to go to Seattle when Stone and his wife were living there. This is how Mr. Shively happened to go to the west. When he reached Seattle he lived with the Stone family and went with them when they moved down to San Francisco and later to Los Angeles. He has been living in their house all the time since he has been on the coast. Somewhat over a year ago Mr. Stone, while working at the planing mails in the city, boarded and roomed at the home of the Shively family, and was a continuous chum of Morgan Shively.
The parents say that their son was not in the habit of carrying much money nor any very valuable jewelry. He wrote a letter to his parents every week. He sent most of his money home as he earned it after he had paid his board and room bills. His mother said that he had no valuables on his person except an $18 watch and a ring of no great value. He had never written of any quarrels nor trouble with anyone and all his letters had indicated the most perfect harmony and happiness existing between him and the Stones.
About two years ago Mr. Stone, while still working in Lincoln, met Miss Clara Barnheiser whom he afterwards married and who is now under arrest with him at San Gabriel. Miss Barnheiser came here from Illinois and stayed at the home of her uncle, Moses Keefer 2222 Dudley street. Miss Barnheiser became acquainted with Dr. Amy Robinson who persuaded her to take training in a Hastings hospital for the profession of nurse. This Miss Branheiser undertook for a time, but soon returned to Lincoln.
After G. A. Stone had been in Seattle for some time Miss Barnheiser went there also, where they were married.
During the early part of last spring Mr. Stone, who corresponded with his old friend Morgan Shively in Lincoln, began to urge the latter to come to Seattle and get work there in order that the two might be together. Mr. Shively was at that time postal clerk running out of Lincoln. Much against the wishes of his parents he secured a leave of absence and went to Seattle last April. There he secured work for a time, but when the Stones moved to California he went with them. At Los Angeles Mr. Stone secured a position with a large stone quarry company. Mr. Shively began work for a street car company as motorman, and continued to board with the Stones.
Morgan Shively and Mr. Stone became acquainted a few years ago when both worked at a planing mill in Lincoln. Milton, an older brother of Morgan Shively, was engineer of the mills at the time. He got his brother a position there and Mr. Stone was shipping clerk at the mill. When the two young men became acquainted and became close friends and Stone went to live at the home of Shively's parents. It was often remarked by persons acquainted with the two that Morgan Shively seemed to think as much of Stone as he did of his own brother.
Those who knew Stone while here say that he was a mild mannered and not at all the kind of man who would do anyone physical harm.
Morgan Shively was the son of Christian D. Shively and Lydia Mohler. They were married in Wabash County, Indiana on 31-March-1861. Christian Shively was born on 23-Feb-1839 and died on 14-Feb-1916 in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Lydia Mohler Shively was born on 11-Aug-1843 and died on 3-Mar-1917 in Lancaster County, Nebraska. They are buried in the Wyuka Cemetery. Christian D. Shively was the son of Christian Shively (1809-1898) and Barbara Ulrey (1806-1880).