ANDREW J. SHETTERLY, Numbered among the progressive and energetic business men of Lapel, Indiana, where he has been identified with elevator interests since 1896, Andrew J. Shetterly is justly considered one of the representative men of his native County, He is the fortunate possessor of just those qualities which are essential to success in any line of business, and his long experience in his present venture has made him thoroughly familiar with its every detail, He belongs to an old and honored family of Madison County, and was born on a farm in Jackson Township, December 23, 1865, a son of George L. Shetterly.
The Shetterly family was founded in Indiana by two brothers, David and Henry Shetterly, who were farmers and ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Another of the name, William H. Shetterly, was a prominent speaker and preacher in Stony Creek Township, where he founded the first school and devoted himself to the cause of education and religion, David Shetterly, the grandfather of Andrew J. Shetterly, was born in Ohio, and came to Indiana in 1836, entering a farm from the government, in Jackson Township, where he spent the remaining years of his life, He had two sons and three daughters, of whom four children still survive: George L.; Catherine, the wife of John Finley; Harriet, who married William Sural; and Elmira, the wife of Felix Leever.
George L. Shetterly was born in Ohio, and was a child when he accompanied his parents to Jackson Township. He followed in the footsteps of his father and became an agriculturist, a vocation which he has followed to the present time with gratifying success, and, like his father, has devoted much of his time to the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he has served as class leader for many years and as superintendent of the Sunday school, He and his wife, who also survives, have had twelve children, of whom eight are still living, namely Oliver C.; Catherine, who is the wife of Edward Johnson; Thomas F., a farmer of Stony Creek Township, who resides at Lapel; Amelia, the wife of 0. P. Wise; Abraham L. and Andrew J., twins; Cora B., who is the wife of Harry Layton; and George A., who is a glass worker and resides at Lapel.
Andrew J. Shetterly was reared on his father’s farm in Jackson Township and received his education in the district schools. Early adopting the vocation of educator, he taught school for twelve terms in Kansas, Colorado and Indiana, but in 1896, with two of his brothers, embarked in the milling and elevator business at Lapel, under the firm style of Shetterly Brothers, This venture has proved very successful and has enjoyed a steady and continuous growth, its trade gradually extending beyond the limits of Lapel into the surrounding country, Mr. Shetterly is conceded by his associates to be a man of much more than ordinary business ability, one who can be relied upon to fulfill his obligations, and whose integrity has ever been unquestioned.
Mr. Shetterly was married to Miss Lizzie Winklepleck, who was born in Nebraska, They are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and take an active interest in its movements, Mr. Shetterly’s fraternal connection is with Lapel Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is a charter member, being past noble grand and a member of the Grand Lodge of the State. In politics a stalwart Republican, he served as a member of the board of trustees of Stony Creek Township from 1901 to 1905, and the conscientious devotion to detail which characterizes his business activities was brought to bear with satisfactory results upon the duties of his office, His popularity is attested by a wide circle of sincere friends in Lapel, and in business, social and private life he is held in the highest esteem.