Henry W. Shively was born ca 1851 in OH and died Feb-1893 in Colorado. Henry W. Shively was a brother to Charles Edward Shively who was the subject of last weeks blog. They were sons of Henry Shively and Mary Brower. Henry was married to Frances Magee on 3-Jul-1882 in Grand County, CO. Frances was the daughter of William and Sarah Magee.
Henry W. Shively was a miner and is listed on the 1880 Grand County, CO census. Frances Shively is listed as a widow on the 1900 Rice County, KS census and is living in the household of her parents. In the household are William Magee born Sep-1827, wife Sarah A born Dec-1834, daughter Frances A Shively born Mar-1849, grandson Charles W born Apr-1886, granddaughter Pearl A born Dec-1889 and granddaughter Ruth H born Apr-1893.
Articles located in the Colorado newspapers give information regarding the death of Henry W. (H. W.) Shively. Extracted from the Aspen Evening Chronicle, February 2, 1893:
Crushed To Death
Two Miners Caught In A Snow-Slide Yesterday
John W. Bradley and H. W. Shively Lose Their Lives Near The Durant Tunnel--Buried
Underneath From Twenty To Thirty Feet Of Snow - They Had Visited A Warm Place To
Eat Their Dinners
The great snowstorm which set in Monday night already caused the death of two of our citizens, and unless great precautions are observed by those exposed to the perils of snow slides, many more fatalities may be looked for. At about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon a report came down from the Durant tunnel that a snow slide had just occurred. burying two men employed in the Little Nell mine. Hurrying to the scene of the disaster a reporter for The Times found a large force of men working with all their strength in the hope of being able to discover the imprisoned men in time to save their lives. Mr. Rohlfing, a civil engineer employed at the Durant tunnel, stated that it was not positively known that the men were buried, but that they had been seen a few moments before the avalanche occurred at about the point of its descent.
The gentleman further said that he was at the mouth of the Durant tunnel when a Swede by the name of Anderson, came running up, saying that he thought Bradley and Shively were buried beneath it. Mr. Rohlfing gave the alarm and all the men in the Durant tunnel hurried out and began to make search for the missing men. Fresh tracks were discovered leading directly toward the great mass of fallen snow which was in some places twenty to thirty feet in depth. The men seized rods of iron, shovels and everything else that could aid them in their search for the missing men and thoroughly explored the line of foot travel that the men would necessarily follow in going up the trail.
In a little while more men arrived on the ground and it is said that there were during the greater part of the search at least fifty persons engaged in the effort to find the missing men. About 4 o'clock the body of Shively was found pressed in against the ore house of the Little Nell where it had been carried by the force of the sliding snow. One side of the unfortunate man's face was severely bruised but there were no other marks of violence upon the body. The search went on and a short time after Bradley's body was also found near the same place where his companion and been discovered. Both men had apparently been simply smothered to death.
The unfortunate men, H. W. Shively and John T. Bradley, were working in the Little Nell mine as co-lessees of C. H. Bennett, and it appears from later information that they left off work at noon yesterday and went down to the Durant tunnel where they were acquainted to eat dinner where it was warm and comfortable, and upon their return to the Little Nell, situated about 300 feet distant, were caught by the snow slide.
Mr. Shively leaves a wife and three children in poor circumstances, and his death is certainly very sad. It is said that they has been out of work for some time before entering upon his duties at the Little Nell a few days ago, and that he had just made arrangements to borrow a little money to make a payment upon the property in which he lived. Mr. Shively has a brother living in Richmond, Ind., who is a very prominent attorney.
Mr. Bradley is said to be unmarried, with no friends in this section of the country. He has resided in Aspen for several years, coming here from New Jersey where he followed the business of rubber manufacturer. He lived by himself in a little house he owned near the ben of Monarch street, in Eames' addition. About two months ago he took the Keeley cure, and is very highly spoken of by those who knew him.
The arrangements for burial of the unfortunate men have not yet been made.
The following was located in the Aspen Daily Times, February 7, 1893:
Card Of Thanks
I beg space in the columns of The Times to tend my heartfelt thanks to friends and neighbors for their kind assistance in the death and burial of my dear husband, to the men for their untiring efforts to find my husband, dead or alive, to Sam D. Goza, and to Manager Rice and the Stuttz Theatrical company for their kind services in my behalf. May God in his infinite mercy spare them from ever having to go through the affliction which I have been called upon to endure.
Mrs. H. W. Shively
The kindness of the community was demonstrated in this article following the death of H. W. Shively. The article was located in the Aspen Daily Times, February 5, 1893:
At The Tivoli
"A Celebrated Case" at Mrs. Shively's Benefit Monday Night
The Stuttz New York Theater company will present "A Celebrated Case" at the Tivoli Monday night for the benefit of Mrs. H. W. Shively, whose husband perished in the late snow slide. The Stuttz company is well known is Aspen, playing a successful engagement here last week, and as The Times has already spoken so favorably of them it is not necessary to do so now. Suffice it to say that it is one of the best dramatic organizations anywhere in the West, and the most fastidious theater goer need have no fear of being disappointed in the least. They presented "A Celebrated Case" here last week, and it is spoken of as being one of their best plays. Every cent received by Monday night's performance will be given to Mrs. Shively, and no doubt the home will be crowded with people who can, in their way, show their sympathy for the very needy widow and mother.