William Thomas Shively, who is living in honorable retirement in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was born in Taylor county, Kentucky, March 8, 1830. He joined the Union army as a private and won promotion of the rank of captain. When the war was ended Mr. Shively bought a farm in Taylor county, Kentucky, which he sold after a year and then gave his attention to the milling business until he came to Pottawattamie county, Iowa, in the summer of 1866. For several months he worked in the steam sawmills at Lewins Grove near Avoca, and in the spring of 1867 he began farming, in which he continued until the following winter, when he entered the employ of the Rock Island Railroad Company. He worked at grading until the road was completed to Council Bluffs in the same year. Subsequently he entered the car repairing department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and so continued until 1869. In that year he removed to Lemars, Iowa, where he homesteaded one hundred and ebixty acres of land and turned his attention to farming, cultivating and developing that place until the spring of 1882, when he went to O'Neill, Nebraska. He there pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he brought under cultivation, and upon that farm lived for sixteen years, his labors converting it into a rich and productive property. Removing to the city of O'Neill, he there lived for six years, and in 1904 he came to Council Bluffs, where he has since lived retired, enjoying well earned ease. His life has been one of untiring activity and enterprise and thus he acquired a handsome competence, enabling him now to live in honorable retirement. On the 4th of October 1853, Mr. Shively was married to Miss Terresa Hayden, a daughter of James and Elenor (Hayden) Hayden, who though of the same name were not related. The marriage was celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Calvary, Marion county, Kentucky. (This information was taken from "History Of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, From The Earliest Historic Times to 1907" by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, copywrite date 1907, pages 743-746, a book found in the Council Bluffs, Iowa Library, and retyped by Richard Dale Shively, of Ralston, Nebraska, great grandson of William Thomas Shively.)
Several articles were located in the Council Bluffs, Iowa newspapers. Extracted from the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Wednesday Evening, February 9, 1921, Page 12, Column 2:
Capt. W. T. Shively of 811 South Twenty-second street, Omaha, is suffering from a stroke of paralysis, following a hemorrhage of the brain. This happened the past week and he is now recovering slowly. He was a former well known resident of this city and has many relatives residing here.
The following was extracted from The Sunday Morning Nonpareil, Sunday, March 11, 1911, Page 6, Column 3:
Capt. W. T. Shively entertained at a 1 o'clock dinner Sunday at his home, 8328 Avenue A. Places were arranged for Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Gallagher, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Shively and family, Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. Anderson and family, J. H. Shively and family, all of Omaha, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Loper and family, Mrs. S. E. Anderson and Mr. Will Anderson, of this city.
This newspaper obituary was found in The Evening Nonpareil, Friday, April 26, 1907, Page 2, Column 3:
Mrs. Teresia E. Shively
Mrs. Teresia E. Shively wife of Capt. W. T. Shively, 3256 Avenue A, died at 6:10 o'clock this morning of the infirmities of old age, after a decline of four years. She was 68 years of age.
Mrs. Shively was born in Lebanon, Marion county, Ky., in 1838, and was married to Capt. Shively, April 4, 1853, at Calvary, Ky. She had been a resident of this city about three years, having removed to Council Bluffs from O'Neill, Nebraska. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier's church.
Surviving her are three daughters, five sons, a brother and a sister: Mrs. F. G. Loper, 1217 Sixth avenue; Mrs. S. E. Andrews, at home; Mrs. E. T. Gallagher, 3329 Avenue B; W. T. Shively, Norfolk, Neb.; J. H. Shively, Omaha; R. C. Shively, 2743 Avenue D, this city; G. Shively at home; F. J. Shively, Windon, Minn. The brother and sister are W. and Sarah E. Hayden of Lebanon, Ky.
The funeral announcement will be made later.
The following was found in the Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday, December 24, 1922, Page 3, Column 2:
Capt. Wm. T. Shiveley Dies Here At 92 Years
Civil War Veteran, Former Resident Of O'Neill, Had Been Nebraska Resident Of 41 Years
Captain William T. Shively, civil war veteran, died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stella Rose, 2114 South Thirty fourth street, at the age of 92 years. He had been a resident of Nebraska for forty-one years, and came to Omaha ten years ago from his former home at O'Neill.
Captain Shively was born in Green county, Kentucky. He enlisted in the union army in 1861, and was made a captain less than a year later of Company H. Tenth Kentucky volunteer infantry. He was mustered out December 4, 1864.
Surviving him are a brother, Sylvester Shively, Lebanon, Ky.; five sons, William T., O'Neill, Neb.; George, Ralston, Neb.; Richard, Council Bluffs, and Frank and James of Omaha, and three daughters, Mrs. Sarah Anderson and Mrs. Stella Rose, Omaha, and Mrs. Fred Loper of Council Bluffs. There are twenty-three grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday from the home of Mrs. Rose, to Lady of the Lourves church, Thirty-second avenue and Francis street, at 9 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Joseph cemetery, Council Bluffs.