JOHN W. SHIVELY, a leading citizen of Hopewell township, formerly township treasurer and the owner of a general
store at Stedcke, was born in Jefferson township, Mercer County, Ohio, May 24, 1861. He is a son of William M.
and Sarah E. (Carr) Shively.
Both parents of Mr. Shively were born in Ohio. The father was a soldier in the service of his country in the Civil
War, and lost his life in that great struggle. It thus came about that our subject was thrown entirely upon his
own resources when but 10 years of age. He left Jefferson township and for a number of years worked at farming
throughout Mercer County, and later operated a farm for himself. In 1887 he embarked in the mercantile business
at Stedcke, which he has conducted ever since, each year enlarging and adding to the stock of goods handled. He
owns a farm of 40 acres in Hopewell township and another, of 80 acres, in Butler township and also operates another
store, at Mercer. He is one of the county's enterprising and successful business men. He has also been very active
in politics, has served as clerk of the Board of Elections of Hopewell township and for six consecutive years was
township treasurer. He has also served as postmaster at Stedcke. He is a stanch Republican.
Mr. Shively has been twice married. His first wife, Sarah E. Buch, at death left two children, Melvin and Oral,
the latter of whom is the wife of John Sielschott, of Mercer. He married (second) Eliza Crouch, and they have five
children, namely : Chloe, Florence, Walter, Nora and Ernest B. Both he and his wife are members of the German Baptist
Mr. Shively is a representative, self made man and his material success is but the result of close application
to business, honest dealing with his fellow citizens and an integrity of character, which has brought him the confidence
and esteem of those with whom he has come in contact.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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