Flora and Riley Shinabarger 1910

DATES:  Riley Ernest Shinabarger was born 7 September 1886 in Porter Co. IN.  He was raised by grandparents Philo and Elizabeth CARTER. 1900 Federal Census lists Riley as adopted son of Philo Carter but I am not sure he was officially adopted. Riley did not know about his father, Ernest Franklin Shinabarger until he turned aged 21. Riley died 4 June 1966 in Elkhart, IN and is buried in Westville Cemetery, Westville, IN.

MARRIAGES: Riley married Flora Schlundt on 15 December 1910  in Valparaiso, IN. Flora was born 7 January 1888 in Porter Co. IN.She was raised by her grandparents John and Fredericke Schlundt. Flora died 22 March 1960 in Elkhart, IN and is buried Westville Cemetery, Westville, IN.

HISTORY: Riley was an engineer with the New York Central RR.

CHILDREN of Riley and Flora Schlundt Shinabarger::

  1. Kenneth Ernest Shinabarger – born 14 November 1911.
  2. Vera May Shinabarger – born 26 April 1917.



Al Hamann, a native of Porter Co., IN., has recently completed a genealogy book on “The John & Fredericke Schlundt Family of Porter County, IN. (Jackson Township, near Westville, IN.),” and has sent a copy to the Valparaiso, IN. Public Library. The booklet, printed off his home computer, is primarily a record of the descendants of this particular Schlundt family. It includes three sections: (a) 7 pages of narrative about the family; (b) a 30-page genealogy register (with index), outlining the names and dates of hundreds of the family descendants; and (c) a 15-page “documentation section” (no index) including his notes from many of the census records, obituaries, cemetery data, or other sources he has discovered in his research.
The easiest way to view this book is to visit the Valparaiso, IN. library. If this is not convenient, he could arrange to photocopy and mail a copy of the booklet for a cost of $16 (or $12 for just the first two sections), plus 10% for postage and handling.  For further information, contact Al at

1 Comment

  • Kipp Shinabarger says:

    Story from my Dad, Keith Shinabarger:
    Riley has been raised as a Carter. He found out when he turned 21 that his father was alive and lived in Washington State.

    Riley went to Washington to meet his father Frank. Before Riley left Washington, he sent a postcard to Flora, asking her that if his name was Shinabarger, would she still marry him?

    Apparently, she didn’t mind.

    Unfortunately, the postcard was lost in a flood in our basement in the late 1970’s.

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