|William T. Shively Home, Henry County, IN|
This blog was created for the purpose of sharing Shively family information. It is appreciated when other Shively researchers are interested in sharing their work. The subject of the 26-July-2013 Shively blog was William T. Shively and wives who lived in Henry County, IN. Richard D. Brainard, of Portland, Oregon, has recently been corresponding and has the following article regarding William T. Shively and Shively Park to be shared:
MARSH & SHIVELY FAMILY CONNECTION
William Edward Marsh was b. 11 Nov. 1836, Cincinnati, OH. He attended Harvard University from 1858-60, and Harvard Law School from 1859-61. It is unknown if he graduated either program. He married while in college to Ellen _____. She was b. _ July 1839 in MA. He was associated with Galt House Hotel in Cincinnati, from where he retired in 1892. They lived for a time in Indianapolis, IN. She died ca. 1910-1911 at Newburyport, MA. He then lived with his son at Shively’s Park, Mt. Summit, IN until his death 1 Nov. 1922.
i. William E. H. Marsh; b. _ May 1860, _____, MA.
William E. H. Marsh supposedly attended Harvard University. However, no record of this has been found. He married in the early 1890’s in Indiana, to Margaret Shively. She was born _ May 1861, Prairie Twp., Henry Co., IN, dau. of William T. Shively and Mildred H. House. Mr. Marsh supposedly owned, or operated, hotels in Cincinnati, OH, Petoskey, MI, Muncie, IN, and Monticello, IN at different times.. They lived at Shively’s Park during much of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Margaret (Shively) Marsh, along with her sister Ella Shively, had inherited Shively’s Park upon the death of their father in 1917. When Margaret died, William E. H. Marsh inherited the property. He supposedly fell on hard times financially and gave financial control of the property, before his death, to a New Castle attorney named Yergin. He died after June 1937, probably at Shively’s Park.
i. William Shively Marsh: b. 8 Aug. 1896, Muncie, Delaware Co.
William Shively Marsh lived his early life with his parents. He served with the U.S. Army during WW I, from 2 Sep. 1918 to 9 Dec. 1918, as a private in the 2nd. Company, 2nd. Candidate Battalion, I.C.O.T.S. He married ___ 1930, Muncie, IN, to Bertha Golden (Priddy) Hayes. It was his only marriage. They lived at Shively’s Park, along with her daughter Kathryn Trevelle (Stierheim) Hayes by a previous marriage, until the property was taken from them between 1938 and 1943, sometime after his father’s death. They relocated to a home two miles north of New Castle on State Highway 3, across from a portion of the American Legion Golf Course. Their property backed up to the abandoned New Castle-Muncie Interurban right-of-way. He worked at the Chrysler factory in New Castle. He was handy at woodworking and machine repairing, and had a long work bench in the garage. They both loved gardening, sold flowers, plants and strawberries, and raised chickens on a portion of their three-acre property. He had a motor scooter with a sidecar which he made. He died 5 Feb. 1947, at home, of lung cancer. He is buried in the Shively Family Plot at Mt. Summit Cemetery east of Mt. Summit.. She died 9 Aug. 1973, Henry Co. Hospital, New Castle, IN, and is buried in the Priddy Family Plot at Memorial Park Cemetery north of Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH. They were both long time smokers.
Kathryn T. (Stierheim) Hayes used the Hayes name of a former step-father. She was not adopted by him. She graduated from Mt. Summit High School about 1932. She married 20 June 1937, at Shively’s Park to Paul Richard Brainard.
Shively’s Park was available to private occasions as early as 1902 when the Bouslog Family Reunion was held there. It was a well-know resort facility during the 1920’s and 1930’s. It was originally developed by a Shively ancestor as a place to fish. It had one (or two) ponds in front of a woods. The pond was used for swimming and boating. It had a pavilion extending into the water which was used for dancing. East of the pond was the two-story family home. In the 1950’s, Kathryn’s son’s Dick and Jack Brainard received permission from the then owner to camp overnight in the woods behind the ponds. By this time, the pond was overgrown and had been unused for many years.
SHIVELY’S PARK & HOME
In response to the request in Vol.34, Number 1, Spring 2007 issue of The Henry County Historicalog (Henry County Historical Society) for more detailed information concerning Shively’s Park & the Shively home, I am submitting the following data.
My mother Kathryn Trevelle Stierheim/Hayes (Stierheim-birth name; Hayes-unofficial adopted name from her mother‘s fourth husband), lived in the Shively’s Park home as a teenager while attending Mt. Summit High School during her junior and senior years. Photos of her (using the Hayes surname) can be found in Mt. Summit High School yearbooks for the years 1930-1932. At age seventeen, she states she was rescued while swimming in the lake by Ralph “Red” Renegar, who during college summer break, was serving as lifeguard at Shively’s Park. Many years later, in 1946, he became her second husband.
Kathryn was married first in the Shively’s Park family home to Paul Richard Brainard on 30 June 1937. She came down the staircase in her wedding dress for the ceremony. My parents met in Dayton, OH where they both lived in the mid-late 1930‘s. At the time my mother was a model for Elder’s Department Store in Dayton, and her photograph regularly appeared in the Dayton newspapers. She received numerous invitations to dances and parties at the major hotels in downtown Dayton. That is how my parents met.
Kathryn’s mother, Bertha Golden (Priddy) Marsh, also lived in the Shively’s Park home with her fifth husband William Shively Marsh. However, she was often gone for extended periods due to her beauty shop business in Dayton, OH. Times were economically difficult, and her husband had been laid off from the Chrysler factory in New Castle. My mother spoke of being very lonely in the big house out in the country. She would sit at her window and watch for cars to pass along the gravel road, hoping one might stop and take her away. Also living in the home was William E. H. Marsh, the father of William Shively Marsh, who was referred to as “old man Marsh.” He inherited the home and property after the death of his wife Margaret (Shively) Marsh. He is listed in the 1930 Census as park manager (of Shively’s Park).
William E. H. Marsh was born in May 1860 in Massachusetts. He supposedly went to Harvard, but no record has yet been found to support this. According to my mother, at one time he owned a hotel in Cincinnati. According to various census records, he also owned hotels in Muncie, IN, Monticello, IN, and Petoskey, MI at different times. He went bankrupt in the stock market crash of 1929, or during the following depression in the 1930’s.
After William E. H. Marsh died, sometime after June 1937 ( he was present at my mother‘s wedding), a New Castle attorney by the name of Yergin took possession of the home and property. In April 1993, I spoke with a Mrs. Eakins (sp?) who once worked for the attorney Yergin. She acknowledged she knew the story that Mr. Yergin had taken the property from the estate of William E. H. Marsh. Attorney Yergin evicted William Shively Marsh and Bertha Golden (Priddy) Marsh. They found a home on Mt. Summit Road, which later became State Road 3, and later yet North Memorial Drive. The home is located directly across from a portion of the American Legion Golf Course just north of Memorial Park, and is now (2007) part of a religious complex.
As a very young child in the early 1940‘s, I seem to recall seeing a rail car on the Muncie-New Castle Interurban Line which ran directly behind the property on Mt. Summit Road. In 1945, I moved from Dayton at age 7 to live in the home with my divorced mother, younger brother, and William S. and Bertha (Priddy) Marsh. I regularly explored along the old interurban right-of-way (which by then had it’s tracks removed) from New Castle north to the Indiana State Epileptic Village.
I attended Sugar Grove Elementary School, located on State Highway 38 west of New Castle, from the first through fifth grades. It was a two room brick schoolhouse built in 1850, with a big coal-fired boiler in the back of each room for heat during the winter. Water was hand-pumped from a well in the front of the building. Outhouses served toilet needs. First, second and third grades were in one room, and fourth and fifth grades were in the other room. My first grade teacher was Mrs. Cassidy. Mrs. Polk taught fourth and fifth grades, and was the school principal. The next year Mrs. Polk transferred to the first three grades, and Mr. Hornback became principal and taught fourth and fifth grades. He was a stern teacher, and was not well-liked by students, or parents. The school closed after the 1949-50 school year, and Sugar Grove students were transferred to Westwood Elementary School. The Sugar Grove building is still standing at the corner of State Highway 38 and Westwood Road. It is currently used as a residence.
Back to Shively’s Park. According to the article in the Spring 2007 issue of The Henry County Historicalog the park was created by William T. Shively and several friends as a local fishing lake for when they were “too old to go north and fish.”
William T. Shively was born 5 Nov. 1833 in Indiana, and died 7 April 1917 in Henry County. His parents were Philip Shively and Margaret Tibbett, both born in West Virginia according to census records (I recall “Grandpa & Grandma Marsh” taking a driving trip to West Virginia in the mid-1940’s to visit some of his distant relatives). William T. Shively had an older brother, John Shively, who married, had children, and lived in Prairie Township.
William’s first wife, Rebecca (_____) died in 1855 after only one year of marriage. His second wife, Mildred “Millie” H. House was born 30 Nov. 1834 and died 23 February 1898. They are buried in the Shively Plot at Mt. Summit Cemetery, along with grandson William Shively Marsh (d. 5 Feb. 1947 at home on Mt. Summit Road), and Sarah R. Shively (unknown relative b. 1 July 1842 and d. 19 December 1909). William and Mildred had at least two children, Margaret “Maggie,” born in 1861, and Ella “Dutch“, born 22 Oct. 1864 and died in the 1930’s, unmarried.
Margaret and Ella inherited the Shively’s Park property from their father. Margaret married William E. H. Marsh. Upon the death of Margaret, the property was inherited by her husband. Their one child, William Shively Marsh, was born 8 Aug. 1896, Muncie, IN.
I have in my possession two silver flasks from Tiffany & Co., engraved as follows; “Mrs. Mildred Shively,” and “Miss Margaret Shively.” I also have two Tiffany & Co. silver napkin rings engraved as follows; “WSM May 20, 1914” (William Shively Marsh), and “MSM May 21, 1914” (Margaret Shively Marsh). My brother John E. Brainard, has a number of other small items from the Shively family home.
Article researched and written by Richard D. Brainard, Portland, OR.