Elmer "Zeb" Shively was born in Auglaize County, Ohio and died on 13-October-1914. He was the son of John Shively who was born in Germany and Mahala Bigelow. John and Mahala were married on 15-May-1870 in Auglaize County, Ohio (Marriage Vol. 3, Page 553). John Shively was born ca. 1848 and died 15-Feb-1904 in Wells Co., Indiana. Mahala Bigelow Shively was born ca. 1846 and died 21-Dec-1902 in Wells Co., Indiana. Both are buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton, Wells Co., Indiana.
Listed on the 1900 Harrison Township, Bluffton Ward 3, Wells County, IN is the household of John Shiveley born in Germany, wife Mahala who is listed as having given birth to 6 children and 6 children are living, son Sherman, son Elmore, son Ellsworth and son John C.
The newspaper obituary for John Shiveley was located in The Bluffton Banner, Wednesday, February 17, 1904, Page 4, Column 1:
John Shiveley Died Monday
John Shiveley, the carpenter who residing in the south end, died at his home about 10 o'clock Monday. The deceased was about 60 years of age, and leaves a family of several children, most of whom are grown. He was the father of Zeb, Dave, Clyde and Sherm Shiveley. The funeral was held Tuesday.
The following newspaper article regarding Elmer "Zeb" Shively was extracted from the Fort Wayne Sentinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1914, Page 12, Columns 2-3:
Jail Prisoner Dies
Edward ("Zeb") Shively, of Bluffton, Ind., died at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday night in the Allen county jail, less than two hours after he had been seized with status epilepsy. Shively was aged 39 years and was sent to jail last Saturday from the city court, where he and Corbett Conkley had been convicted of obtaining money by false pretense and were sentenced to pay fines of $20 and costs and forty days in jail. It was shown that they had swindled Mrs. Harley I. Burgett, wife of a well known farmer, residing three miles east of Fort Wayne, on the Maumes road, out of $3.50 by pretending that Mr. Burgett had sent them to repair the cistern. They meddled with the pumping apparatus for a time, broke a part of it, covered it up, collected their money and disappeared. They came to town and got on a spree, during which they were arrested. In court Saturday morning Shively showed the effects of excessive dissipation. Drs. Kane and VanBuskirk were called Tuesday night to attend Shively, but he was past aid. Brothers of the deceased man residing in Bluffton were notified and the body was turned over to Klaehn & Melching.
Located in the Fort Wayne Sentinel, Saturday, October 17, 1914, Page 13, Column 1:
Investigate Brother's Death
Bluffton Men Inquire Into Dying Of "Zeb" Shively In Fort Wayne Jail
Bluffton, Ind., Oct. 17. -- David and Sherman Shively went to Fort Wayne this morning to make a personal investigation of the facts surrounding the death of their brother, Elmer or "Zeb", in the Allen county jail last Tuesday night. They talked with the officers at the jail, with the doctors who were called to attend their brother and with Corb Conklin, of this city, who was arrested with Mr. Shively and who is still in jail there.
They stated on their return to Bluffton that they are far from satisfied with their discoveries and that they will investigate further. They say that their brother was a sick man when he was placed in jail and that he was not given medical attention until his condition became desperate. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble and his condition was serious from this and other causes when he was placed in jail. The doctors told them that when they were called there was nothing that could be done for their brother. The Messrs. Shively feel that he should have had medical attention long before. They say that Conklin assured them that the statement from Fort Wayne that he was well and ate heartily is false.
Conklin also told them that he and "Zeb" were not guilty of getting money under false pretenses and that they actually cleaned the cistern and were entitled to the money they received from the Fort Wayne woman whose husband later caused their arrest.
The following article was found in The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Monday Morning, October 1, 1906, Page 16, Column 4:
Five Hundred Drunkards In Wells County
George Cotton Is Compilling A List Of Them And Says There Are
Fully That Many To Go On His Books
(Bluffton News.) Some man in each township of the county will assist George Cotton in his crusade against the saloons, but he is not yet ready for their assistance. The law provides that a notice not to sell liquor must be given by some resident of the township in which the man resides and so Cotton cannot give notices against any man who does not live in Harrison township. Here is where his assistants come in. If a man in another township is to be placed on the list a man residing in the township will serve the notices so as to make them legal. Cotton says that when he has completed his list it will contain 500 names and that there are fully that many drunkards in the county.
"Zeb" Shively is consulting attorneys with a view to bringing suit against Cotton for defamation of character by placing his name on the list. He not only objects to having his name there, but further to being called "Zeb" Shively, as Cotton has done in his notices. "Zeb" Shively is a nickname and his right name is Elmer, which title he wants Cotton to use. Cotton served thirty-five more notices to-day, most of them going by registered mail.