Delbert A. Shively was born on 26-June-1866 in Iowa and died 2-September-1943 in Kern County, California. He was the son of Samuel A. Shively and Cornelia Tisdale. Delbert was married to Fannie Roselia Geiser on the 28-August-1887 in Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa. Delbert was a barber.
Information on the family history of Delbert Shively was extracted from the History Of Kern County, California With Biographical Sketches, History By Wallace M. Morgan, Illustrated, Complete In One Volume, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1914, page 583:
DELBERT A. SHIVELY.--The history of the Shively family in America dates back to a very early period in the colonization of Pennsylvania and one of the name, who removed from the Keystone state to Illinois during the first years of the nineteenth century, opened and conducted the first tailor shop ever started in Chicago, later relinquishing business in order to develop property at Freeport, Ill., and removed with his father to Chickasaw county, Iowa, when all that section of country was an undeveloped wilderness and prairie. Scarcely had he arrived at man's estate when a call came for volunteers in the Union service and he volunteered in the Thirty-second Iowa Infantry, going with his regiment to the front and fighting in its battles until the expiration of his term of service. The war ended, he engaged in farming near Lawler, Chickasaw county, Iowa, and on his farm there his oldest child, Delbert A., was born June 26, 1866. The family contained two younger children, whose mother, Cornelia (Tisdale) Shively, now deceased was a member of a very old family of New England.
Taking the family to Minnesota about 1872, Samuel A. Shively home-steaded one hundred and sixty acres in Rock county and devoted ten years to the improvement of the tract. Upon disposing of the property he returned to Iowa and settled in Lyon county, but later removed to Missouri and established a home at Springfield. Thence he went to Chicago and took up the study of medicine. After having graduated with the degree of M.D., he engaged in practice in Chicago until the time of his death. His eldest son was six when the family went to Minnesota and thirteen when they became residents of Lyon county, Iowa. After he had completed the studies of the common schools he learned the trade of barber in Rock Rapids, Lyon county, and there engaged in the business for himself. The summer of 1895 was spent in Pasadena, Cal., and the visit gave him a favorable impression concerning the west. Selling his business at Rock Rapids in 1901 he came to Bakersfield and purchased the Southern hotel barber shop, which since he has conducted with efficiency, securing a large trade by reason of recognized skill in the trade. Meanwhile he has become interested in alfalfa ranching in the Rio Bravo country, where he has installed a pumping plant for irrigation of the one hundred and ten acre tract. He has erected two bungalows, one of which he sold, and the other (at No. 2021 Cedar street) he now occupies. Fraternally he holds membership with the Knights of Pythias.
The marriage of Mr. Shively took place at Rock Rapids, Iowa, August 28, 1887, and united him with Miss Fannie Geiser, who was born at Normal, McLean county, Ill. Their only child, Vera, is the wife of R. C. Hackett of Bakersfield. A graduate of the Rock Rapids, high school, she was a teacher prior to her marriage. She was the youngest among the three children forming the family of Frederick and Fannie (Eicher) Geiser, the former a native of Canton Bern, Switzerland, and the latter of France. Shortly after his arrival in the new world Mr. Geiser enlisted in an Ohio regiment and served in the Union army throughout the Civil war. After the death of his wife, which occurred in Normal, Ill., he removed to Iowa and embarked in business, and later he resided at Colby, Kans., where occurred his death, April 14, 1899, at the age of sixty-eight years.
In The Lyon County Reporter, Friday, September 2, 1887 is the newspaper account of the marriage of Delbert Shively and Fannie Geiser:
The marriage of D. A. Shively and Miss Fannie Geiser occurred Sunday evening at the residence of F. E. Barber. The ceremony was performed in the presence of immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties. The Reporter takes pleasure in joining in the congratulations of their large circle of friends. There is no worthier young man in Rock Rapids than Dell Shively and the lady of his choice is in every way worthy of him. We predict for them a long life of prosperity and happiness.
The newspaper obituary of Delbert Shively records the following information:
Veteran Bakersfield Barber Dies At 77
Dean of Bakersfield barbers and one of the oldest in continuous operation, Delbert A. Shively, 77, died yesterday in a local hospital in Bakersfield. Mr. Shively was stricken on Sunday after celebrating his fifty-sixth wedding anniversary Saturday.
Funeral rites has been set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel with the Reverend John Murdoch officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Union Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie R. Shively, of 1813 Quincy Street, and a daughter, Mrs. Dell Godley of San Luis Obispo.
Mr. Shively had lived in Kern County for 40 years, after coming here from northwest Iowa in1902. He had been actively engaged in the barbering trade for 63 years and had attended the duties of his shop on Saturday of last week.
Until recently, he had held membership in the Bakersfield Elks Lodge.