Brenard Acker Shively was born 22-January-1881 in Perry County, PA, son of Charles Shively and Catherine Longacre. He died 24-September-1965 in Yellowstone County, MT. He married Bertha R. Heim on 19-October-1904 in Dawson, Richardson County, NE. Bertha R. Heim was born 13-July-1883 in Richardson County, NE, a daughter of Joseph G. Heim. She died 12-September-1957 in Yellowstone County, MT. Brenard and Bertha were the parents of at least the following children: Mildred A born ca 1906 who married Earl A. Fuller, Ray D. born ca 1908, Thelma Ruth born ca 1911 who married Samuel Ellis Shoemaker, Hilda M. born 17-April-1913 who married Chester Murphy and Henry Michael, Evelyn Elsie born 25-January-1916 who married George Martin Blevins, Charles J. born ca 1919, and Paul born ca 1921.
Extracted from the History Of Custer County, Nebraska, By W. L. Gaston And A. R. Humphrey, Lincoln, Nebraska, Western Publishing And Engraving Company, 1919, pages 509-510: REV. BRENARD A. SHIVELY -- It is not often that an outsider understands or appreciates the work of the clergy of the United Evangelical church. Fortunately these learned and worthy ministers give but little thought to the criticism or lack of appreciation on the part of the world, resting content with the realization that they have carried out the ideas of their supervisors, have done the work of their Master, and have accomplished untold good for the benefit of humanity. One of these unselfish and venerated members of the United Evangelical clergy is Rev. Brenard A. Shively, pastor of the church of this faith at Callaway.
Brenard A. Shively was born January 22, 1881, at Newport, on the Juniata river, in Perry county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Charles and Catherine (Longacre) Shively, also natives of the Keystone state. The father, now deceased, was for many years a merchant in Pennsylvania, where he had stores at different points. There were five children in the family: Brenard A., Maurice C., Laura (who died single), Mrs. Alice Straup (also deceased), and Miss Mary E
When still a boy, Brenard A. Shively, came into the first money earned by himself, this being gained by picking slate in an anthracite coal-breaker at the mines at Kingston, Pennsylvania. When he was a little older he attended the public schools of Wilkes Barre, and when not engaged at his studies, he was employed in drawing wire in the establishment of the Hazard Manufacturing Company. Later he went to Albright College, at Myerstown, in his native state, where he received his higher education, in preparation for the ministry, and at Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in February, 1902, he was licensed to preach the Gospel, by the Eastern Pennsylvania conference of the United Evangelical church. At that time he came to Humboldt, Nebraska where he accepted a call to the Cottage church, and after there remaining two years he went to Shelton, Buffalo county, where he remained a like period.
On October 19, 1904, at Dawson, Nebraska, was solemnized the marriage of Rev. Brenard A. Shively, to Miss Bertha R. Heim, who was born at Dawson, daughter of Joseph G. and Rosa Heim, early settlers of Richardson county where they still reside. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shively and all reside at the parental home---Mildred A., D. Ray, T. Ruth, Hilda M., Evelyn E., and Charles J.
From Shelton, Buffalo county, Mr. Shively went to Naponee, Franklin county, where he served three years as pastor. He then went to Eustis, Frontier county, where he spent a like period, and eventually he removed to Aurora, the county seat of Hamilton county, where he remained two and one-half years. In September, 1914, he was called to Callaway, where he has since acted as pastor of the Evangelical church, serving also the pulpits at Spring Creek and Brown Valley.
For seven years Mr. Shively held various offices in the State Christian Endeavor Union, and he was transportation manager for that organization to two international and one world's Christian Endeavor conventions. Possessed of no mean literary ability and of the power of expression, he has done much writing in the past, and he is the author of the history of the United Evangelical church in Custer county, which appears in this publication. Mr. Shively is an earnest, zealous, and energetic pastor---one who is not only possessed of ministerial ability, but is also a practical man of affairs, capable of handling business matters in an expeditious and able manner. He is greatly loved by the members of his congregation, and has many warm friends among men of all creeds and denominations in the various communities where he has carried on his work.
The newspaper obituary for Bertha R. Heim Shively was extracted from The Billings Gazette, Saturday Morning, September 14, 1957, Page 6, Column 2:
Laurel Woman Dies In Billings
Mrs. Bertha R. Shively, 74, of Laurel, died in a Billings hospital Thursday night of a heart ailment.
Mrs. Shively was a native of Nebraska and was born in Dawson, July 13, 1883, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Heim. She was married to Bernard A. Shively in Dawson on Oct. 19, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Shively moved to Laurel in 1927.
Mrs. Shively was a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving, besides her husband, are three sons, Maj. Paul Shively with the United States Army in France; D. Ray Shively of Spokane, Wash., and Paul Shively of Laurel; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Fuller of Laurel, Mrs. E. S. Shoemaker of Great Falls, Mrs. Henry Michael of 443 Lewis Ave., and Mrs. Georgia Blevins of Cheyenne,, Wyo.; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Beldon of Humboldt, Neb., and Mrs. George Ludwig of Tiffin, Ohio. Nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
Funeral services are planned at the Methodist Church in Laurel at 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery. The Settergren Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The newspaper obituary for Brenard Acker Shively was extracted from The Billings Gazette, Sunday Morning, September 26, 1965, Page 8, Column 7:
B. A. Shively, Billings, Dies
Brenard A. Shively, 84, former Methodist pastor in Laurel, died Friday in a state hospital where he had been a patient two years.
He was born Jan. 22, 1881, in Newport, Pa., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shively. He lived in Nebraska and married Bertha R. Heim Oct. 19, 1904, in Dawson, Neb. Mrs. Shively died in 1957.
They moved to Laurel in 1926 and to Billings 10 years later.
Survivors include three sons, D. Ray Shively, Spokane, Charles J. Shively, New York City, and Paul H. Shively, Laurel; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Fuller, Laurel; Mrs. E. S. Shoemaker, Las Vegas; Mrs. Hilda Murphy, 512 Ave. F, and Mrs. George Blevins, Dubois, Wyo.; a sister, Mrs. Leon Manasek, Miami, Fla., 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Robert Dunn of the Evangelical United Brethren Church will officiate at services in the Settergren-Carey Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Monday and burial will be in Laurel Cemetery.