Jane A. (Richards) Shreeve, president of the Shreeve Realty Company, real estate; insurance and loans, with
offices at 202 and 203 Morris Building, Joliet, is a native of this city, where she was born Dec. 13, 1873. She
is a daughter of James and Charlotte (Jones) Richards.
James Richards and his wife were both natives of Merthyr-Tydfil, South Wales, Great Britain, where they were married
in 1872, and emigrated to America in that year. In Wales he worked as a rail straightener and upon locating in
Joliet worked in the "Old Rolling Mill," now the Illinois Stil Company, and was one of the first employes
engaged in that work. He remained with this company until he retired. He died in November, 1914. Mrs. Richards
died in April, 1902, and they are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet. He was a Republican and a member of
Christ's Church, Episcopal. To Mr. and Mrs. Richards four children were born: Jane A., the subject of this sketch;
Charlotte, resides with Mrs. Shreeve; Mary E., married John Peel, lives at Joliet; and James, Jr., deceased.
Jane A. Richards was educated in the public schools of Joliet and graduated from Squires Business College. She
commenced her business career on June 20, 1891, as a stenographer in the office of Bischmann, Loughran & Company,
later Loughran & Schoenstedt where she remained until 1898. In 1900 she returned to their employ, Mr. August
Schoenstedt purchasing the business interest of Mr. Loughran, the firm then being known as August Schoenstedt Insurance,
Real Estate and Loans.
Mrs. Shreeve became office manager, later purchasing a one half interest in the business, the firm then being known
as the A. Schoenstedt Agency. She conducted the business almost entirely as Mr. Schoenstedt was ill, and after
his death in 1911, she purchased Mrs. Schoenstedt's interest, since which time she has been sole owner. On April
1, 1922, the company was incorporated as the Jane A. Shreeve Agency, Inc., with Mrs. Shreeve, president, and Julius
Braun, secretary and treasurer. In April 1928, the firm name was changed to the Shreeve Realty Co.
Jane A. Richards was married on Oct. 19, 1898, to John C. Shrive, who was born Oct. 6, 1871, a son of James and
Jane (Davis) Shreeve. James Shreeve was born in England. He came to the United States and worked in Joliet a number
of years as an engineer in the "Old Rolling Mill." He is deceased and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery,
Joliet. His wife, who was born in Merthyr-Tydfil, South Wales, died Dec. 24, 1925, and is buried there where she
resided her entire life.
John C. Shreeve is Master Mechanic for the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. He is a member of Matteson Lodge,
A. F. & A. M. No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery, K. T. No. 4; and Medina Temple,
A. A. O. N. M. S.
Mrs. Shreeve is a Republican, a member of Christ Episcopal Church, the Women's Republican Club, Business and Professional
Women's Club. She was one of the organizers and first treasurer of the Woman's Club of Joliet. She is also a member
of the Joliet Real Estate Board. She has served as Past Matron, Marguerite Chapter, No. 187, Order of the Eastern
Star; and is a member of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and the Joliet Chamber of Commerce.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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