Alvah Celerson Shales
|Joseph S. Shales|
|John A. Shales|
|Lucy A. Shales|
|Thomas J. Shales|
± 1858-< 1880
The following was published in the Crystal Lake Herald, May 16, 1907, p.1, Crystal Lake, Illinois.
ALVAH SHALES PASSES AWAY AT HOME OF DAUGHTER IN CRYSTAL LAKE; PARALYSIS OF THE HEART; END IS CALM AND PEACEFUL; CHILDREN AND FRIENDS MOURN THEIR LOSS
Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. Morley, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Friday, May 10, 1907, Alvah C. Shales aged 84 years, 9 months and 10 days. The cause of his death was paralysis of the heart, the fatal attack seizing him about 10 o'clock in the forenoon, and after his death ensuing at 12:30. Alvah C. Shales was born in Luzerne County, Pennsyvannia, August 29, 1822, and was united in marriage with Amelia Lester in that state, December 28, 1843. They moved to Iowa in 1865 and to Crystal Lake, Ill. in 1869, making their home there until death. Mr. Shales was a carpenter by trade, and evidence of his skill and handiwork may be seen in many of the farm homes in this vicinity. His was essentially a home life, and he did not aspire to public office. He was a devoted husband and kind and indulgent father; to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all was he was a man. And as a man it is those who knew him best most loved to contemplate him. He believed in thefatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scattered flowers in the pathway of his fellow men, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness, is following in the footsteps of his Master. In his younger days he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church but in his later years had united with no denomination. His last words were expressive of peace in God and a willingness to depart and be at rest. His cheerful, helpful life, his devotion to his wife and family and kindness to everybody, will long linger as fragrant memory in the home which his presence brightened and which death has now darkened. Though he is gone his record has been made and will remain with us as a lasting treasure. His life was gentle, but like the still waters itwas deep. In his heart of hearts he carried those he loved, and his hand was never weary, his step never failed in caring for andministering to those who were in any way dependent upon him. His faithful wife preceded him to the other shore, passing away November 28, seven years ago. Seven children survive; Mrs. G. Morley, Mrs. F. L. Genung, J. S.Shales, Crystal Lake; F. B. Shales, Elgin; T. J. Shales, Minot, N. D.; Mrs. A. F. Schmidtke, Fountain, Michigan; J. A. Shales, Hawkeye Iowa. For the past six years deceased made his home with his daughter, Mrs.G. Morley, who in every way possible made easy the pathway of his declining years. The funeral services were held at the house at 1o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Bullock, pastor of the Church of Christ of Nunda officiating, and the choir of the church furnishing the music. A beautiful tribute was paid to the memory of the deceased,and the casket was covered with floral offerings, emblems of immortality. The music rendered was such as to soften all hearts and moisten all eyes. At the close of the services an unsually long procession followed the remains to the silent city of the dead at Prairie Grove Cemetery, where the body was laid to rest beside the wife gone before. All the children were present at the funeral exeptT. J. Shales and Mrs. A. F. Schmidte. Many grandchildren from Chicago and Elgin as well as friends from out of town, were in attendence.
Alva Shales 52, carpenter, born Vermont; Amelia Shales 41, keeping house, born New Jersey; Emma Shales 26, born Pennsylvania; Joseph Shales 20, born Pennsylvania; John Shales 19, born Pennsylvania; Lucy Shales 17, born Illinois; Thomas Shales 15, born Pennsylvania; Ella Shales 11, born Pennsylvania; Isabella Shales 9, born Pennsylvania; Frank Shales 6, born Pennsylvania; Edward Shales 10/12, born Iowa
Alvey Shales 27, carpenter; Amelia Shales 27; Emma Shales 5; Joseph S Shales 11 months; all born Pennsylvania.
Alvah Shales 77, head, born Aug 1822 in Pennsylvania, married 50 years; Amelia Shales 77, wife, born Jan 1822, married 50 years, 0 births/0 children living [???]
Alva C. Shales 58, farmer, born Pennsylvania; Amelia Shales 58, wife, born Pennsylvania; Frank Shales 16, son, born Pennsylvania
Alva C Shales [original incorrect as Schooley] 38, farmer, born Pennsylvania; Amelia A Shales 38, born Pennsylvania; Joseph S Shales 11; John A Shales 9; Lucy Shales 7; Thomas J Shales 5; Ellen Shales 3; children all born Pennsylvania.