Clarence W. Lively. While
the Lively family, of which Clarence W. Lively, a leading member of
the Sapulpa bar, is a member, has not had time to make much history
in Oklahoma, its achievements in early colonial days were notable and
the name appears in many annals and is
perpetuated in the name of a thriving town in West Virginia. It is to
be regretted that many of the vigorous old families of the United
States have not preserved carefully the records which would be so
prized by their descendants and by earnest students of history, and
thus comparatively little is known of the Lively ancestry, this
little however proving that enterprise, courage and patriotism
belonged to it. The founders of the family, three brothers, came from
England in 1750 and were colonists at Williamsburg, Virginia, and
from there many of the name of Lively
went into the Patriot army and served valiantly during the
Revolutionary war. Military prowess was shown again, many years
later, during the Civil war, when on both sides members of this
family served according to their convictions, on both sides, Union
and Confederate, one survivor being Samuel Lively, a Union veteran
now residing at Ottumwa, Iowa.
Clarence W. Lively
was born April 12, 1878, at Fayetteville, West Virginia, and is a son
of C. C. and Mary E. (Fisher) Lively. Both were natives of Greenbrier
County, Virginia, the former born February 7, 1848, and the latter in
1852. In 1828, Dr. Elias Lively, with his two brothers, Rufus and
Levi Lively, removed from the old settlement to Greenbrier County.
Dr. Elias Lively was the grandfather of Clarence W. Lively, and his
father, Carteret Lively, had once been captured by the Indians.
In 1875 the parents
of Mr. Lively came from West Virginia to Ottumwa, Iowa, but three
years later returned to their former home at Lively, Fayette County,
West Virginia. In early years the father of Mr. Lively was a teacher
and later engaged in farming. There were eight children in the
In assisting his
father and attending school, Clarence W. Lively passed his boyhood.
He had academic advantages at Fayetteville and also attended Marshall
College, then entered the law department of the University of West
Virginia and later, after one year’s attendance as a student in the
law department of the University of Virginia, was graduated therefrom
with his degree in 1905. He entered into practice at Huntington, West
Virginia, where he continued for five years and during that time
became widely known and served as assistant prosecuting attorney. In
October, 1910, Mr. Lively came to Sapulpa, where his legal talents,
his general enterprise and his manifestations of civic interest have
secured him public confidence and esteem. He has made substantial
investments in Creek County and these include valuable real estate
and oil properties.
In 1905 Mr. Lively
was united in marriage with Miss Cora Shinn, who was born in Jackson
County, West Virginia, and is a daughter of R. P. Shinn, who is the
present sheriff of Jackson County. Mr. and Mrs. Lively have one son,
In politics Mr.
Lively has always been a staunch democrat and public affairs have
been a subject of vital interest to him, not in the way of office
seeking but on the wider plane of true American citizenship.