George A. Shively was born 11-May-1864 in Juniata County, Pennsylvania and died 17-Oct-1929. He was the son of Philo (Philip) Shively and Martha. Philo Shively and Martha were the subjects of the Shively blog on 8-May-2015. George A. Shively married Annie E. Rice.
The following newspaper obituary was extracted from the Altoona Mirror, Thursday Evening, October 17, 1929, Page 28, Column 1:
George A. Shively
Of 1007 Third street, Juanita, died at the Altoona hospital at 3:55 o'clock this morning of complication of diseases following an illness of several years' duration. He was born May 11, 1864, at Mifflin, Juanita county, a son of Philip and Martha (Allen) Shively. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie E. (Rice) Shively, a native of Lewistown; also by three children, Frank P. Shively, Martha Isabel and Dorothy R. Shively, together with four grandchildren and two brothers and a sister, William of Altoona, Lance of Mifflin and Mrs. Catherine Heller of Lewistown. The deceased was a member of the Trinity Lutheran church in Juanita, the P.O.S. of A., the Order of Railway Conductors, Chicklacamoose tribe of Improved Order of Red Men and the Pennsy relief. Mr. Shively was retired from the Pennsy service May 11 of this year after forty-one years of service with the company, thirty-eight of which he acted as a yard conductor. Funeral services will be conducted at the home Friday evening at 8 o'clock, in charge of Rev. J. O. C. McCracken of the Juanita Presbyterian church and on Saturday morning the funeral cortege will leave the house at 8 o'clock for a trip overland to Lewistown, where interment will be made in the Lutheran cemetery.
This information was found in the Altoona Mirror, Thursday, December 12, 1957, Page 32, Column 1:
Mrs. Annie Shively
Of 2806 Ivyside drive, Wehnwood, died at 12:30 o'clock yesterday noon in Mercy hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born in Lewistown Sept. 5, 1868, a daughter of Frank and Isabel (Miller) Rice, and married George A. Shively, who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Van B. Waite, with whom she resided, and Mrs. George Templeton of Juanita; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Shively was a member of the Trinity Lutheran church and the Mizpah Bible class, Juanita. Friends are being received at the Mac & Yates funeral home, Juanita.
Additional information of the father of Annie Rice was found in the Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pennsylvania, Monday, February 9, 1931, Page 20, Columns 6-7:
Frank M. Rice, Veteran Who Saw Lee Surrender At Appomattox, Dies
By R. R. Bain
Frank M. Rice, late private in the 205th Pennsylvania volunteer infantry and who stood within earshot of the surrender at Appomattox, died at 12:30 yesterday morning in his home at 1007 Third street, Juanita, where he resided for years in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Annie Shively and her son Frank P. Shively and family.
Mr. Rice was born at Port Royal on September 25, 1847. As a fatherless and motherless boy at the age of 15 he was indentured as a bound boy to learn the trade of body building and wheelwright for vehicles in Lewistown. On August 2, 1864, he broke away from his indenture to enlist for military service in a company of 100 men and a drummer boy who were recruited entirely in Lewistown. As Company F of the 205th Pennsylvania infantry it was through the hard marching and fighting in the Shenandoah Valley and in constant service in winter of skirmish and battle in front of Petersburg.
Private Rice had his haversack shot from him at Fort Damnation and his head was twice grazed by rebel bullets. But of the 12 original members of the company who lived to return to Lewistown he was one of the six who returned without a wound. On the way south to help end the war Private Rice marched with his regiment in review before President and Mrs. Lincoln in front of the White House.
Only last summer the veteran recalled to The Tribune his actual vision and hearing of the final surrender of the rebel army at Appomattox. He saw an officer in gray step out from the confederate line and wave a white flag. "General Robert E. Lee would like to speak to General U. S. Grant." The request was granted and General Grant rode upon the scene accompanied by his staff, facing General Lee with a similar retinue. "Upon what terms can I surrender?" was the inquiry of the southern commander. "Unconditional surrender", was the reply of Grant. General Lee shook his head and rode back into his line with his officers trailing after. Firing was either about to be resumed or was for an interval resumed when the white flag again appeared and the victor and vanquished faced each other.
"Unconditional surrender", again said General Grant and in the next moment he generously declined to take the sword of the defeated foe. The long line of confederate infantry advanced to within 10 or 12 feet of the Union soldiers who stood with fixed bayonets while the rebels threw down their arms on that great Sunday in April of 1865.
Private Rice loved to recall of the generous treatment of the southerners and of the long 300 miles march of the remnant of his regiment back to participate in the last grand review in Washington.
He returned to Lewistown to finish his trade after his honorable discharge in June, 1865, and there remained for all his active years as a builder of carriages and wagons. The returned boy in blue led Miss Isabelle Miller to the marital altar on February 18, 1868, and their happy wedded life had continued for over 60 years at the time of her death in January of 1929.
The veteran is survived by three children: Mrs. Annie Shively in the Juanita home; William Rice, 908 Sixteenth avenue in the city and C. M. Rice of Lewistown. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Kate Roper,, in advanced years at Coatesville. Mr. Rice retained his faculties to marked degree up to the time of his death. He was a great reader and an interesting conversationalist with always a keen interest in the affairs of the republic that he fought to preserve. Since early in his life he was devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Lewistown, where services will he held tomorrow afternoon. The body of the veteran soldier was taken to Lewistown yesterday morning and it will be laid to rest beside the grave of his wife in the Lewistown Lutheran cemetery.