Father: John William Shields
Born: January 7, 1861 Illinois
Died: March 18, 1907 Illinois Age 46
Parents: David B. & Susanna Shields
Mother: Martha Ann Littell “Mattie”
Born: August 5, 1858 Illinois
Died: May 7, 1919 Iowa Age 60
Father: Hiram Littel
Married: August 7, 1881 for 25 years
Buried: Louisville Cemetery, Louisville, Illinois.
It appears that John Shields was a hotel owner. But little is known beyond that. After contracting tuberculosis, his was taken by covered wagon to Colorado in hopes that the dryer climate would help him recover. This was to no avail, and he returned to Illinois.
Sensing the end, John had a small will drawn up. Since he had already advanced money to his son Charles ($325) and married daughters Edith and Ethel ($170 each), no provisions were made for them. Instead, everything was given to his wife with the stipulation that the remaining son Robert ($325) and daughters Eva and Clete ($170 each) be paid out of this estate. Sixteen days later, John was dead.
Martha, a heavyset woman, assisted John in the running of the hotel in Louisville. After her husband’s death, she moved to Iowa and made a living keeping house for her son Robert. She also spent some time in Spokane, Washington with her brother.
Children of John & Martha Shields Edith Shields (Raines) – Housewife Born: April 10, 1882Died: July 6, 1929 Carlie Rice Shields Born: February 22, 1884Died: October 24, 1912 Ethel Belle Shields (Wilson) – Housewife Born: February 16, 1886Died: April 6, 1967 Robert William Shields Born: December 12, 1888Died: March 25, 1947 Eva Onie Shields Born: March 28, 1891Died: December 12, 1910 Clete (Cleatis) Belle Shields – Housewife Born: September 22, 1893Died: February 22, 1952