The following newspaper articles tell of the unfortunate circumstances regarding Earl Shively, son of Bennet Shively and Ida Wheeler. Earl was born in May 1892 and died in February 1916.
From The Illinois State Register, Saturday, January 15, 1916, Page 11, Column 3:
Clothing Catches Fire - Pawnee Man Burned
Earl Shively Suffers Serious Injury When Oil-Saturated Clothing Blazes.
Earl Shively, aged 23 years, was severely burned in the Peabody mine in Pawnee yesterday morning when his clothes, saturated with oil, caught fire. He is in a serious condition.
From the Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, Monday, February 7, 1916, Part Two, Page 9, Column 4:
Miner Of Pawnee Dies From Burns
Earl Shively, Victim Of Blast, Expires At Local Hospital
Accident Occurred Three Three Weeks Ago-Inquest Will Be Held Today And Remains Will Be Forwarded To Former Home.
Earl Shively of Pawnee expired at St. John's hospital at 9 o'clock yesterday morning from burns received in an accident in a coal mine at Pawnee three weeks ago. Following the accident, Shively was brought to Springfield and has since been under the care of local physicians.
The decedent was a laborer in the Pawnee mine and had resided at that place for some time. Coroner Rhodes will hold an inquest this morning. The decedent is survived by his father, Benjamin Shively, his step-mother, Mrs. Della Shively, one sister, Miss Hazel Shively, one brother, Stanley Shively and one step-brother.
The remains were taken to the undertaking establishment of Gaa & Murray and will be forwarded at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon to Pawnee, where the funeral services will be held at a time to be announced later.
From the Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, Wednesday, February 9, 1916, Page 7, Column 4:
SHIVELY--Funeral services for Earl Shively, of Pawnee, who died Sunday morning from burns suffered while at work, at St. Mary's Catholic church, at Pawnee. Rev. Father Lupton officiating. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at Nakomis.
Earl Shively is listed on the 1900 Noble County, Oklahoma census in the following household: Bennet Shively born April 1863 occupation livery man, wife Ida born 1870, son Earl born May 1892, daughter Hazel born June 1894 and son Stanley born March 1898. The family is located on the 1910 Sangamon County, Illinois census: Bennet Shively age 47 occupation General Livery, wife Della age 27, son Earl age 17, daughter Hazel age 16 and son Stanley age 12.
Earl Shively was the son of Bennet Shively (1863-1951) and Ida Wheeler, Bennet Shively was the son of Stephen A. Shively (1803-1895) and Elizabeth Abell. Stephen A. Shively was the son of Jacob Shively (1772-1851) and Sophia Davis who lived in Taylor County, Kentucky.