On Thursday, December 31, 2015 three e-mails and one phone call were received asking if living members of Maurice Charles Shively could be found. From information received an individual had found articles which belonged to the family of Maurice Charles Shively at a Goodwill store. The individual secured the items and saw that they were placed in the possession of the American Legion Post 177 in Newport, Perry County, PA. An army veteran who knew of this story wrote one of the e-mails asking if living relatives of Mr. Shively could be found. A search was made and three grandsons of Maurice Charles Shively were located in Luzerne County, PA. A phone call was made to one of the grandsons and the information passed to him. It is hoped the articles will make their way "home" to the direct family members. This is one example of the many acts of kindness found in the hobby of genealogy. It displays the fact that we do have many people working together unselfishly to secure and protect our family histories.
Research done to find the living descendants of Maurice Charles Shively is the subject of this weeks blog. Maurice Charles Shively, father of Maurice Charles Shively, was the subject of the Shively blog on March 29, 2014. The son, Maurice Charles Shively was born 22-Oct-1882 in Newport, Perry County, PA. He died 13-May-1939 in the VA Hospital in Coatesville, Chester County, PA. On the PA death certificate his parents are listed as Maurice Shively and Catherine Longacre. Maurice C. Shively was married to Florence Jane Landy. Children of Maurice Charles Shively and Florence Jane Landy included at least: Maurice H. Shively, Ellen R. Shively, Marion E. Shively and Marcella E. Shively.
From sources found on the Internet Maurice Charles Shively was enlisted at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on 30-Aug-1917 and honorably discharged on 28-Jan-1919. He was a MSE (Master Signal Electrician) and saw service in the 615th Aero Squadron and 117th Aero Squadron at Kelly Field, TX and Americus, GA.
The following was extracted from The Wilkes-Barre Record, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Monday, May 16, 1949, Page 22, Column 1:
Maurice C. Shively
Maurice C. Shively, 63, formerly of Dallas, died Friday night at Coatesville Veterans Hospital, where he had been a patient 11 years. He was a veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his widow, the former Florence Landy of Wilkes-Barre; children, Maurice, Jr., Dallas; Ellen Ruth, Marion and Marcella, the latter two twins, all of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Leo Manasek, Miami; brother, Bernard Shively, Billings, Mont.
Funeral will be held from Luther M. Kniffen Funeral Home, 465 South Main Street, Tuesday at 1 with burial in Memorial Shrine Cemetery. Friends may call tonight from 7 to 10.
The following was found in The Wilkes-Barre Record, Wednesday, May 18, 1949, Page 12, Column 4:
Maurice C. Shively
Maurice C. Shively, World War I veteran and former resident of Dallas, was buried yesterday afternoon following services conducted at the Luther M. Kniffen Funeral Home, 465 South Main Street. Rev. Robert Wood of Caverton Methodist Church officiated.
Interment was in Memorial Shrine Cemetery where military services were conducted by Battery B, 109th Field Artillery Battalion. In the detail were First Sgt. William Wellington, commander; Sgt. Lynford Lloyd, Corp. Burton Daubert, Corp. William Edwards, Corp. David Thomas, PFC James Stevens and Recruits Edward Brojowski, Robert Hughes and Gerald Walsh.