Barney M. Shively was born on 30-October-1892 and died on 23-August-1921 at his home in Winnetka, Cook County, IL. He was the son of Thomas Jacob Shively and Amanda Hannah Slawson. Barney was married to Gretchen Lawson on 25-August-1920 in Owen County, Indiana.
The following article was extracted from the Owen County Democrat, Spencer, IN, Thursday, August 26, 1920, Page 1, Column 5:
The marriage of Miss Gretchen Lawson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Lawson and Barney Shively, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Shively, took place at the home of the bride's parents on N. Montgomery St. Wednesday morning at ten o'clock. Rev. W. B. Collins, pastor of the M. E. church officiated, using the double ring ceremony.
The immediate relatives witnessed the ceremony. Those from out of town included Mrs. Benjamin Dale Kenney, daughter, Dorothy and sons, Norman and Benjamin Dale, Jr., of Seattle, Wash.; M. L. Cassel and sons of Chicago and Miss Orpha Steele of Carp.
Miss Lawson has taught the past two years. She is a member of the Tri Kappas and is popular with a large circle of friends.
Mr. Shively is a graduate of Purdue University. He is a competent young man and has many friends.
The bride and groom left immediately after the ceremony on a motor trip to Chicago. They will reside at Winnetka, Illinois.
In the Owen County Democrat, Spencer, IN, Thursday, August 26, 1920, Page 1, Column 3:
In Honor Of Bride To Be
The Tri Kappas gave a miscellaneous shower at the home of Misses Mary and Doris Moffett on East Morgan street last Tuesday evening in honor of Miss Gretchen Lawson, whose marriage to Barney M. Shively took place Wednesday. The rooms were attractively decorated with flowers. Refreshments were served and it was an enjoyable social affair. The bride-to-be received many beautiful gifts.
The following was extracted from the Attica Fountain Warren Democrat, Thursday, September 8, 1921, Page 7, Column 5:
Barney Shively Dead
Barney Shively, a brother of Miss Esther Shively, a former teacher in the Attica schools, and a frequent visitor of his sister when she was a teacher here and while he was a student in Purdue University, met death at his home at Winnetka, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Tuesday evening, August 23, he having been asphyxiated by escaping gas.
Barney was employed by Marshall Field & Co. of Chicago and when he failed to report for duty Wednesday, Thursday and Friday his friends went to his home to ascertain why he remained away from work. He was found dead in his chair. He had been alone for a few weeks, his wife and baby being on a visit with the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Lawson, in Spencer, Ind.
An investigation developed in finding a pan of oat meal on the gas stove and this showed evidence of having boiled over and extinguished the blaze. It is believed from this and other conditions they found that Barney had placed the pan of oat meal over the gas burner to cook, and that he sat down to rest while his supper cooked. Being tired from his day's work, he dropped off to sleep, and he was not awakened when the oat meal boiled over and smothered out the blaze of the gas stove. The gas continued to escape and the result was that he was overcome and died in his chair from effects of the escaping gas.
The remains were taken to Spencer, Ind., the home of his and his wife's parents, for burial, the funeral having been conducted Sunday of last week.
The deceased was 28 years old and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Shively of Spencer, Ind. He was a graduate of Purdue University, having completed the course at Purdue in 1916.
On April 6, 1917, the day this country declared war against Germany, Barney enlisted as a private in the Marines. He served throughout the war, a period of two years and three months, received his discharge in July 1919. He saw service in Cuba, Haiti and Paris Island, first being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and later to 1st Lieutenant, which rank he held when discharged. His military activity extended into his private life for he joined the Illinois State Guard and was a member at the time of his death.
On August 25, 1920, he was married to Mary Gretchen Lawson at Spencer, Indiana, and lived from this time at Winnetka, Ill. One child, John Thomas, was born June 21st.
Besides the wife and child he is survived by a father and mother, one brother, William Shively, of Lohman, Montana., Mrs. Esther Shively Keeney of Seattle, Wash., and Miss Wilhelmina Shively of Spencer, Ind.