Calvin Fillmore Shively was born 25-Oct-1849 in PA and died 3-Mar-1929 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA. He was a cigar maker. Calvin F Shively was the son of Reuben Shively (born ca 1813) and Esther Fillmore (born ca 1815). Calvin Shively was married to Malinda Weand, daughter of William Weand. Malinda was born 10-Aug-1848 and died 18-Apr-1921.
Calvin Fillmore (C. F.) Shively was in the business of making cigars. His father, Reuben Shively, was listed on the 1850 Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, PA census record with the occupation of tobacconist. Calvin's brother, John Shively (born ca. 1843) was listed on the 1880 Grundy County, IL census with the occupation of cigar maker.
The following article was extracted from The Allentown Leader, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Friday, November 15, 1895, Page 1, Column 2:
Sumneytown Takes A Brace
It Has A New Cigar Factory That May Turn The Town
Into A Metropolis
Sumneytown, one of the oldest towns in the northern portion of Montgomery County, which was a famous stopping place for the teamsters before the construction of railroads, when all the grain was hauled to Philadelphia by team and the store good brought back in the same manner, became sidetracked when the railroads took the place of horses and wagons. Latterly it has become again famous as a rival to volcanic regions on account of its powder and dynamite factories, which by persistent explosions compelled the world to take note of its existence. Like many other towns in the region it desired to become the seat of some factory to give employment to its people, attract others and imbue life into everything. Messrs. Shively, Miller & Co. have just succeed in doing this by erecting a large cigar factory where nearly 100 people are employed at good wages in turning out all sorts and conditions of the weed from the twofers to the clear havanas.
The building is three stories high, of blue stone and is a very ornamental structure, 40 by 95 feet. The firm sells most of its product through the western states, where they have established a good trade. Green Lane is the nearest railroad station, but it is only about two miles away over a good road and they do not fine the inconvenience from this source very annoying.
Located in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, December 20, 1899, Page 5, Column 1:
Shively, Miller & Co., who recently established a branch of their Sumneytown cigar factory at Pottstown, will combine their plants in one large establishment at Pottstown and give employment to 300 people.
The following article was located in The Allentown Democrat, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, February 7, 1906, Page 3, Column 5:
Big Prices For Cigar Brands
At the dissolution sale of the stock of the Shively, Miller & Co. cigar factory, at Pottstown, last week, Irwin Jacobs, of the same place, paid $4000 for the privilege of using the brand "Ambrosia" upon a make of cigars. Jacobs was a bookkeeper in the employ of the old concern and the brand was purchased by him for one of the members of the firm. The "Happy Bill" label was sold to William Sassaman for $700 and the "James K. Hackett" brand also bought a high price. Cigars and tobacco men from all sections of the country, including dealers from New York and Lancaster, were in attendance at the sale. The bidding on some of the goods offered was spirited, while others went for low prices.
About 435 bales of different grades of tobacco were up, but much of this was withdrawn. 25,000 five and ten-cent cigars were also sold. About 1000 pounds of fine Sumatra was put up for sale. This grade of tobacco is worth about $1.60 a pound wholesale. By a mistake it was let go for 70 cents a pound, which is more than $900 below what it cost. The sale was afterwards cancelled upon the advice of William P. Young, Esq., attorney for the firm. The bidder was James Dottenhoffer, a Lancaster leaf dealer, and he will probably carry the matter into the courts. The auctioneer had been instructed to withdraw the lot of tobacco unless it brought $1.60 per pound. Instead he thought it was 60 cents per pound and left it go on the 70 cent bid. Mr. Young when consulted advised that the sale be cancelled on the grounds that an error had been made.
The following was located in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday, January 24, 1910, Volume 162, Issue 24, Page 15:
Calvin F. Shively and William H. Sassaman, individually & Co., of Sumneytown, Montgomery county, were adjudged voluntary bankrupts in the United States District Court yesterday. Firm liabilities $19,664.92; firm assets, $15,667.41; Shively's liabilities, $22,227.18; assets, 9934.80, Sassaman's liabilities, $4000; assets, $135.75. Referee, C. Henry Stinson.
The newspaper obituary was found in The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Monday, March 4, 1929, Page 2, Column 3:
Calvin F. Shively
Calvin F. Shively died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. A. Dapp, of 1827 North Third street, at the age of 79 years.
Funeral services will be held at Friedens Union Church, Sumneytown, at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in the cemetery adjoining the church.