|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1839|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 1927|
September 21, 1927
Mrs. D. H. Shetterly, 88, dies at her home Tuesday afternoon
Well Known Woman Suffered Paralytic Stroke A Month Ago
Mrs. Matilda E. Shetterly, age 88, one of Franklin's well known women, widow of David H. Shetterly and a resident of Franklin for the past thirty-five years, died Tuesday afternoon at her home on East Adams Street shortly before 5 o'clock after an illness of a month as a result of paralysis. The end came peacefully with all of her children at her bedside.
Mrs. Shetterly had been in good health up until the time of her stroke. Even then it was thought that she would recover but several days ago her condition took a change for the worse and her daughter, Miss Ida, who has lived with her mother, summoned her brothers and sister to come home before their mother died.
Funeral services will be held from the late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be in the charge of Dr. P. L. Powell, long a friend of the family and who was in charge of the funeral of Mr. Shetterly whose death occurred twenty-one years ago. Burial will be in the Greenlawn cemetery.
Born Near Madison
Mrs. Shetterly was born in Jefferson county, near Madison on January 4th, 1839 and was a daughter of Jacob and Katherine Nichols, pioneer residents of southern Indiana. A co-incidence in the history of the family is related that the parents of Mrs. Shetterly were exactly the same age, their births occurring but two hours apart. Mr. Nichols, the father, was born in Indiana, and Mrs. Nichols was born in Kentucky.
Mrs. Shetterly lived on a farm with her parents, attending the schools of that early time and later attending school at Madison and on April 11th, 1857, she was united in marriage to David H. Shetterly, a neighbor boy. Their marriage took place at Taylorsville, in Bartholomew county, and after their wedding and a brief honeymoon trip, they returned to Jefferson where Mr. Shetterly engaged in farming until 1892 when they moved to Franklin.
Mr. Shetterly came to Franklin because of its central location for after he decided to retire from farming, he took a position as a state sales manager for a Baltimore fertilizer company and he continued in the line of work until his death. He was probably the first fertilizer salesman in Indiana and for the first few years he was forced to do missionary work among the farmers of the state who at that time did not know what fertilizer of the commercial brand really was.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shetterly and all survive. The children in addition to Miss Ida Shetterly, who has always lived with her mother are: George and Charles C. Shetterly, of Tampa Florida, Dr. W. R. Shetterly [William Reynolds Shetterly] of New York City and Mrs. M. E. Graston of Indianapolis.
There are three grandchildren surviving, Mrs. Clara Hoaglan of Franklin and the Misses Elizabeth and Georgiana Shetterly of Tampa. One great grandchild, Catherine Hoaglan, also survives.
Devoted To Family
Mrs. Shetterly was devoted to her home and her family. Her love for her family was returned by her children in real devotion. Each winter for the past ten years, Mrs. Shetterly had gone to the Tampa, Florida to spend the winter months with her two sons, George and Charles. She always went early and did not return until late spring.
She arrived home from Florida last May in splendid health and had made plans this summer for her return this fall. She liked Tampa and had a host of friend there.
Mrs. Shetterly was also devoted to her church. When but a young girl, she became affiliated with the Baptist church at DuPont in Jefferson County and when she moved to Franklin she placed her membership with the church here.
When the Shetterlys came to Franklin with the family they established their home on Yandes street. They lived there a number of years and in 1904 the purchased the old Ritchey property at the east end of Home Avenue on East Adams Street which they remodeled and made one of the most attractive homes of the city.
Mrs. Shetterly was not only a daughter of pioneer parents but she herself was a pioneer as her recollection carried her back to a time when there were no railways in southern Indiana and she well remembered the first train to be run over the Madison branch of the Pennsylvania road. Her stories of early life in Jefferson County which was one of the first counties of the state to be settled and where aristocracy existed as far back as when Indiana was part of the Northwest Territory and had not been admitted to statehood were most interesting.
Although she liked very much to tell of her early girlhood, she did not live in the past. Her interest in things of the present was just as keen as that of a person fifty years her junior. She liked to read and her greatest affliction came where her failing eyesight deprived her of this favorite pastime.
Mrs. Shetterly was a good neighbor and fried and her death is mourned by scores of people whom she has befriended during her long residence in this city.
David H Shetterly (1836 - 1906)
Ida m Shetterly (1863 - 1940)*
Catherine Shetterly Graston (1866 - 1933)*
Created by: Virgil Reynolds
Record added: Jul 24, 2007
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