Jonas Shively was the son of Isaac Shively and Susanna Snyder. He is listed on the 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 Elkhart County, IN census records. Searching through the Elkhart County, IN newspapers several articles relating to Jonas Shively were extracted:
Goshen TImes, Goshen, IN, Thursday, July 24, 1873, Page 3, Column 1:
We received a call the other day from Mr. Newton Jackson, business agent of the manufacturing establishment of Mr. Jonas Shively, located six miles southwest of this city, who called to try the virtue of printers ink, as will be seen by an advertisement in this paper. This concern has formed a business connection with the Mishawaka Furniture Company which enables it to do a large business and cope with any establishment of this kind in the county is offering inducements to parties wishing to buy furniture, spring wagon seats, lumber, etc. They are shipping large quantities of these articles to the Mishawaka house.
Goshen Times, Thursday, September 11, 1873, Page 2, Column 1:
We regret to learn that the manufacturing establishment located about six miles south-west of this city, and owned by the Mishawaka Furniture Company, in connection with Mr. Jonas Shively, was entirely destroyed by fire about noon on Tuesday last. The loss of the building, with machinery and material, is not less than $20,000, on which there was no insurance. By hard work, several hundred thousand feet of lumber on the yard was saved. The fire caught--perhaps from a spark--in the roof or upper part of the building, where considerable dry lumber and other material were stored, and was so far under way when first discovered by Mr. Jackson, connected with the firm, as he was returning from dinner, that it was impossible to stay the flames. We hope the Company will be able to re-build and resume business at once, for the loss of such, an establishment will be seriously felt in that neighborhood.
The following article was located in the Goshen Weekly Independent, Friday, October 31, 1884, Page 5, Column 3:
A Close Call
Last Friday afternoon Mr. Jonas Shively had a narrow escape from being killed, together with his team of horses, and it was owing to his presence of mind in the matter that such was not the result. While driving along the public road south of South West, and the day being windy and cold, the horses were going at a good gait. When passing through a belt of woods Mr. Shively noticed, just a few feet in advance of him, a large deadened tree, standing by the wayside, start to fall across the road. It required quick action and he drew quickly back on the lines, stopping the horses just in time to escape being crushed by the falling tree, which struck the end of the wagon tongue, drawing one of the horses to the earth, breaking the neck yoke and harness. It was indeed a lucky escape, and it seems that some one is responsible for allowing dead trees to stand along the public road that are ready to be toppled over by a gust of wind.
The following article was extracted from The Goshen Daily News, Friday, January 13, 1893, Page 1, Column 3:
Long Journey on Wheels
(North Manchester Journal)
We received a call last Saturday from Jonas Shively an old gentleman from Goshen, who can lay some claims to being an extensive traveler. July 6, 1891, Mr. Shively started from his home with a horse and wagon to make a trip to Nebraska and leisurely look at the country as he went along. He is now just on his return, having spent eighteen months on the journey in his visits over Nebraska, and has the same horse and wagon with which he started and which is none the worse for the wear. In his travels Mr. Shively has seen many curious and wonderful things, some of which he brought back with him. While at McPherson, Kansas, he bought a sheepshead fish which had been shipped to a fish dealer there from a port on the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. The peculiarity of the sheepshead fish is that its head and it has teeth in its mouth resembling those of a sheep. This species of fish is caught in the sea and is esteemed a great delicacy on the table, but inland their appearance renders them quite a curiosity. Mr. Shively has preserved the fish in alcohol and takes great pleasure in exhibiting it. He is a relative of Mrs. John Myers, on North Mill street, and called at this office in company with Mr. Myers. He left for Goshen Monday.
The following newspaper obituary was located in the Goshen Weekly News-Times, Friday, September 26, 1902, Page 3, Column 3:
Old Resident Passes Away
Jonas Shively, aged seventy-seven years, died of a complication of diseases this morning at three o'clock at his late home, 611 South Eighth street. Deceased had been sick for a long period. About a year ago he was taken with paralysis and had not been able to walk since that time. During the past seven months, he had been bedfast. For the past three days, the condition of the deceased had been critical.
Jonas Shively was the son of Isaac and Susanna Shively, deceased. He was born in Starke county, Ohio, July 14, 1825, coming to this county with his parents twenty years ago when they settled on a farm near New Paris. Deceased was married to Hester Miller, daughter of the late John D. Miller of Jackson township, June 5, 1852, locating at Waterford shortly after where he engaged in the manufacture of pumps. Later he located on a farm of 240 acres in Harrison township where he lived thirty-five years. During this period he operated a large furniture factory and saw mill which burned after he had established a prosperous business. The plant was rebuilt immediately and was destroyed by fire a year later when he retired from the manufacturing business. Deceased removed to Goshen about twelve years ago. He had been a life long member of the German Baptist church. Six sons and two daughters were born to the deceased. Those who survive him are the wife, two daughters, Mrs. Amanda Berryman, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Ella Stutsman, Goshen; three sons, Alonzo and Joseph Shively, Elkhart; Reuben Shively, Goshen. The surviving brothers and sisters of the deceased are Daniel Shively, Goshen; Mrs. Barbara Cripe, residing in Illinois; Mrs. Lydia Harshman, residing in Kansas; Joseph Shively at Los Angeles, Cal.
Funeral will occur Friday at ten o'clock from the German Baptist church, corner of Clinton and Fifth street; interment will occur at Oak Ridge cemetery.
Friends may view the remains at the family residence Thursday from two to four o'clock.
The following obituary for Hester Miller Shively was located in The Weekly News, Friday, March 2, 1917, Page 2, Column 4:
Mrs. Hester Shively, aged 83, and widow of Jonas Shively, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. G. Stutzman, at 613 South Eighth street, Sunday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock of complications of old age, after an illness of six weeks. Mrs. Shively was born in Ohio and had lived in Elkhart county since she was a girl. She is survived by three sons, Reuben Shively of Goshen, Alonzo and Joe Shively of Elkhart, two daughters, Mrs. Amanda Berryman of Detroit, and Mrs. A. G. Stutzman, at whose home she died. There are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Four brothers, David and Ira Miller of New Paris, Aaron of Benton and George W. Miller of Goshen, also survive her, and three sisters, Mrs. Jane Blough of Warsaw, Mrs. Matilda Butts of Milford and Mrs. Hiram Ferrida of Leesburg.
The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon, friends meeting at the house at 2:00 and at the Church of the Brethren at the corner of Fifth and Clinton at 2:30 Rev. Hiram Forney and Rev. Kitson officiating. Burial in Oakridge.