Page 189, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




NELSON J. SHIVELY, of Marmaton township, is one of Allen County's progressive and prosperous farmers. He settled here in 1882 and was an emigrant from Marshall County, Indiana. He was born in Elkhart County, Indiana, January 16, 1853. His father, Isaac Shively, of Osage township, Allen County, was born in Ohio in 1830 and went into Elkhart County, Indiana, in early life. He married Catharine Leer, who died in Allen County, Kansas, in 1886 at the age of fifty-one years. Their children are: Nelson J.; Fernandes, deceased; Amos, of Osage township; Edward; Charles and Alice Shively of Elreno, Oklahoma.

Our subject began life at about eighteen years of age as a farmer and has continued it since with varying degrees of success. He was induced to come west by the heralding cry of "cheap lands" and in 1882 he brought his small amount of resources into Allen County and made a payment on his first eighty acres of land, in Osage township. He exchanged this for the southwest quarter of section 20, town 24, range 21 and took on a debt of sixteen hundred dollars. This he has succeeded in liquidating and has purchased an additional eighty acres and has the whole clear of incumbrance.

Mr. Shively was married in Marshall County, Indiana, February 6, 1879, to Ella Caldwell, a daughter of Archibald Caldwell, who went into the Hoosier State from Virginia. Mrs. Shively died February 13, 1899, leaving five children: Grace A., Opal, Alice, Carl and Harry.

Mr. Shively is one of the leading and active Republicans of Allen County. He frequents county conventions of his party and can be depended upon not only to support the whole ticket but to work for its success at the polls. He is identified with the Osage Valley Baptist church.

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