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Curtis Henry Shively
Born - April 10, 1888
Bourbon Township, Marshall County, Indiana
Died - July 4, 1926
Bourbon Township, Marshall County, Indiana
CURTIS SHIVELY KILLS HIMSELF
USES A SHOT GUN AND LEAVES NO EXPLANATION
Curtis Shively, son of Rev. and Mrs. John W. Shively is dead!
He committed suicide last Sunday afternoon about three o'clock,
by shooting himself with a 12-gauge shot gun, while about 100 rods away
in the sugar grove of his father's home, northeast of Bourbon about 6 miles.
As near as anyone knows the facts are about as follows:
He was at his parents home, that morning, and seemed in the usual spirits.
He was of a jolly disposition and no indication of the act he was to take was
even hinted at. He left shortly after dinner. Presumably he went to the home
of his brother, Rufus Shively, a short distance west of Millwood Central office
where he opened a screen to one of the windows, as his brother and family
were away for the day, and entered and secured the gun and shells. The gun
was a "pump-gun" and was his own and he had loaned it to his nephew some
months ago, as Curtis rarely ever used a gun. He returned home. On returning home
he stepped into the home where his father was reading and his mother was
lightly sleeping, walked through the the room but said nothing to them, and went out.
Nothing more was seen of him until John Shively, another nephew, and son of Ira
and Luella Shively went back to the woods to get the cows. Ira and his wife live
near the home of their parents and farm the latter's place. John soon came running
back, filled with excitement incident to a boy of 12 years of age, telling his other
brothers and sister that a man was sleeping on a stump at the sugar camp.
He was asked who it was, but was unable to state, as he only got with in about
three or four rods of the body of his uncle. The children then went and told their
grandfather and he joined them and went to the woods, only to find his son dead.
Curtis had seated himself on a low stump, his back leaning against an old evaporator
that had been used in times past in the camp. The evaporator was situated so that it made
a splendid rest for his back. He spread his feet apart, placed the butt of the gun on the
ground between them, stuck the muzzle of it to the left side of his face, holding the gun
with his left hand. He had a stick in his right hand when found, indicating he had pushed
the trigger with the stick. When the gun went off, tearing a big hole in the side of his face,
he slumped over a little, but did not fall from his sitting position. The right hand still held
the gun, the left hand the stick, giving unmistakable evidence of how the act was done.
Mr. Shively told his son, Ira, and he in turn called neighbors, many of whom hastened
to the spot. Williams & Son, of this place, were notified to bring the coroner and get
the body for preparation for burial, which they did and the body was brought to the
morgue and prepared.
As far as the parents and his brothers and sisters know, there was no particular
reason for the act. He had not threatened to take his life except, as far as they
know in a joking way. Once he remarked to his brother Ira, and family, that he
believed he'd go and jump in the lake.
But, to friends in town, here, he is said to have threatened to take it. However, as
he was of a jovial, joking disposition, no thought of such an act was entertained by them.
He was a bachelor. When chided, good naturedly about not being married, he often
replied " that those he wanted he could not get and those he could get he did not want",
so he remained single.
Sometime during the afternoon the children of Ira and Luella Shively heard a shot,
but thought it was neighbor children firing fire-crackers.
That was, doubtless, the report of the shot gun that they heard.
Curtis had been working at a factory in South Bend for some time, but of late was
employed on the sewer being put in on the south side of town.
Beside his parents, who are prominent and most excellent people, he leaves
brothers as follows: Ira and Rufus, of this vicinity, Lewis of New York State,
and their sister, Mrs. Raymond (Clara) Sponseller.
He was 38 years of age last April 10th, and in good health.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon, at two o'clock,
at the home, and was largely attended.
Brother - Sylvester Shively
Born - July 15, 1875
Died - July 16, 1875
Brother - Ira Korneluis Shively
Born - April 27, 1877
Wife - Louella (Yarian) Shively
Brother -Louis Nealy Shively
Born - May 28, 1881
Wife - Mary Louise (Hoover) Shively
Brother - Rufus Oscar Shively
Born - October 16, 1883
Wife - Martha Jane (Thomas) Shively
Sister - Mary Ann Shively
Born - February 17, 1890
Died - December 5, 1890
Sister - Clara Elizabeth (Shively) Sponseller
Born - September 28, 1892
Husband - Raymond Roscoe Sponseller
Father - John W. Shively
Mother - Phrania (Foltz) Shively
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