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Lancaster Farming from Lancaster, Pennsylvania • B19

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Lancaster Farmingi
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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B19
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www.lancasterfarming.com Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 29, 2017 B19 Lancaster Farming Antiques Center TabiTha GoodlinG Central Pa. Correspondent MILLMONT, Pa. The Shively Farm in Union County, Pennsylvania, was recently rec- ognized as a Century Farm, but its history stretches back beyond 100 years. Brian and Barbara Shively own and operate the 114 acres in the village of Millmont, growing hay, row crops, and small grains. Brian Shively is the grandson of Clarence Shively, who pur- chased the farm in March 1916.

Clarence Shively bought only 16 acres that year. In 1926, he purchased the remaining acreage. son, Roger Shively, took over the farm in 1951. Brian Shively started farming it as his own in 2008. He said he is actually the eighth-gener- ation Shively farmer in Union County.

A cousin, who has since passed away, traced the family back to the boat from Switzer- land when ancestor Christian Shively arrived and eventually settled in Union County in the 1730s. The sons of Pennsylva- founder, William Penn, sold 1,100 acres to Christian Shively. wish we still had Brian Shively said. At some point in the 1940s, the land was distributed within the family and sold to other individuals. Had the farm stayed intact, the Shively farm would be almost a thousand acres Shively Family Farm Receives Century Recognition larger and would qualify as a Bicentennial Farm.

The original farm was located not far from the current one. A log house and barn built in the style of Swiss structures existed on the property until only three years ago. The owner of the property decided to tear down the nearly 300-year-old build- ings, much to Brian dismay. Brian Shively had been inside the buildings and described the Photo by Tabitha Goodling The Shively family of Millmont, Pennsylvania, poses with their Century Farm sign. From left are Brian, Barbara and Patricia Shively.

and cattle dealer. He would travel by train to Nebraska and had a horse barn in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. He would get on the train in Altoona and would arrive in Nebraska the next day. Depending on whether or not he traveled express determined if he needed to get the cattle off the train to water and feed them. Brian Shively said two or three of boys would walk cattle from Centre Hall, in Centre County, all the way to Millmont, about a 20-mile stretch, when they were as young as 6 years old.

Clarence sons, including Roger Shively, had to break the horses. Clarence Shively owned up to 13 farms through the years and started a slaughterhouse later known as Meats. Around the time that much of the land was separated and sold in the 1940s, two sons Fred Shively and Clark Shively took over the meat business. In July 1941, Roger Shively went into military training and ended up serving in World War II. When he came home from the war, he worked on the farm with Clarence Shively.

In 1951, Roger Shively got married and took over the fam- ily farm. He then began a dairy operation which lasted until 1987. After that, he raised heif- ers until 1998. Brian Shively helped farm the land as his father aged, and he rented other acres to another farmer. Brian and Barbara Shively officially purchased the farm in 2008 and made half of it certi- fied organic.

They are currently transitioning the remainder of the farm to organic. The couple raises primarily hay, some corn, beans, oats and wheat. Of the 11 children of Clar- ence Shively, only one remains. Hertha Wehr is 93 years old and resides in a care facility in Lewisburg. Barbara Shively noticed that the year Clarence purchased the farm was 1916, so in the spring of 2016, she applied for the Century Farm status.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Fred Keller visited the farm earlier this year to make the declara- tion. Brian Shively, who also has a business repairing tractors, said he felt he should continue to operate the family farm because of its history. Brian and Barbara Shively have a 10-year-old daughter, Patricia, a ninth-generation Shively. Patricia is active in 4-H, raising chickens, and would love to have horses return to the farm.

Tabitha Goodling is a free- lance writer in central Pennsyl- vania. Photo provided by the Shively family Patricia Shively, 10, holds the historic photo of her great-grandfather Clarence Shively and his horses. Photo provided by the Shively family The photo of Clarence Shively and his horses and helpers at his horse barn in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. Shively was a horse and cattle dealer at one time. architecture as having no metal.

A hand-dug cellar existed in the old house. were only wooden hinges on the barn doors and wooden he said. This was because Pennsyl- vania in its earliest days was mostly forested and there were no other resources but wood. There is other known history as well. A common threat to the first Shively family and other settlers were Native Americans.

The threat was so severe and con- stant, early records indicated, that Christian Shively would often hide his wife and children from the Native Americans who were known to scalp and kill settlers. One of those hiding places for fam- ily was within the thick of the cornfields. Part of the history in this part of Pennsylvania was something known as Great Run- Families who developed land and started farms, later chose to pack up and leave the area from Millmont all the way to Lewisburg, because of the fear of Native Americans and all the killings. Two families are said to have chosen to stay despite the threat. One of those families was that of Christian Shively.

Christian was determined, Brian Shively said, because he came to Pennsylvania to farm freely. He left Switzerland because he could not support his family due to strict laws in that country at the time. The family name changed over time, spelled in some records and in others. Currently, 14 generations exist that are descended from Christian Shively. Brian Shively is only the eighth because his grandfather and his father had children late in life.

Roger Shively was over 50 years of age when Brian Shively was born. Roger Shively told many stories about the farm from the early 1900s, said Brian Shively. The current farm was pur- chased when Roger was two weeks old. (Clarence) bought a railroad car of cement in 1916, and built 10 buildings including the manure Brian Shively said. was clever.

He took pipe and buried it and managed to have running water before anyone Clarence Shively was a horse.

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