Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 525 transcribed by Courtney, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on September 12, 2000.


Delbert M. Shively

DELBERT M. SHIVELY, M. D. - In Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Shively is engaged in the successful practice of a profession that has here also been honored and dignified by the services of his honored father, who likewise is still engaged in active professional work, as one of the representative physicians and surgeons of Wyandotte county.

Dr. Delbert M. Shively was born in Schuyler county, Missouri, on the 17th of April, 1871, and is a son of Dr. Samuel S. and Josephine (Coriell) Shively, who still maintain their home in the Armourdale district of Kansas City. Dr. Samuel S. Shively was born in the state of Ohio on the 28th of February, 1839, and in the same old commonwealth was also born and reared his wife, their marriage having there been solemnized in the year 1862. Of their three children two are living, Lloyd and Dr. Delbert M., of this sketch. Dr. Samuel S. Shively began the study of medicine in 1861 and in 1864 he attended a course of lectures in the Hahnemann Homeopathic Medical College, in the city of Chicago. He was thereafter engaged in the practice of his profession until 1881, when he further fortified himself for its work by completing a course of study in the Electric Medical Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, in which institution he was graduated in 1882, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. For seven years he was engaged in active general practice near Kirksville, Adair county, Missouri, and he then came to Kansas and located at Bonner Springs, where he continued to practice until the spring of 1886, when he came to Wyandotte county and established himself in practice at Armourdale, which is now an integral part of Kansas City. Here he has since followed the exacting work of his profession and he has long controlled a large and representative practice, the while he holds the unqualified confidence and esteem of the community in which he has so long maintained his home. He is a valued member of the Wyandotte County Medical Society, the Kansas State Eclectic Medical Society, and the National Eclectic Medical Association. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party; he is affiliated with Armourdale Lodge, No. 271, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons; and both he and his wife hold membership in the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Dr. Delbert M. Shively gained his early educational training in the public schools of Bonner Springs, Kansas, and supplemented this by a course in Spaulding College. In 1884 he became a reporter on the Kansas City (Kansas) Star and eventually he was made a member of its editorial staff. He proved an able newspaper man and gained more than local reputation in this field of endeavor. He continued to be connected with the Star until 1902, but in the meanwhile he had shown his ambition by beginning the work of preparing himself for the profession in which his father had given such long and effective service. He entered the Kansas City University of Medicine, in Kansas City, Missouri, in which he completed the prescribed course and was graduated as a member of the class of 1901, duly receiving his well earned degree of Doctor of Medicine. He retired from newspaper work in the following year and in his chosen profession he has admirably proved the wisdom of such choice, as he is now numbered among the successful and popular representatives of the medical fraternity in Wyandotte county. He is identified with the county and state medical societies and he served four years as county coroner - from 1903 to 1907. He has an excellent practice and is a close and appreciative student of the best standard and periodical literature of his profession. He is well known in his home city, both as a newspaper man and as a physician, and his genial nature has won and retained to him a specially wide circle of friends. His interests are not circumscribed and he takes a due concern in public affairs of a local order, the while he is found arrayed as a stanch advocate of the principles and policies of the Republican party. He is affiliated with Wyandotte Lodge, No. 440, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and with Wyandotte Aerie, No. 87, Fraternal Order of Eagles. He has all of the proclivities of an enthusiast in connection with America's "National game," and he was president of the Western Base Ball Association from 1902 to 1910. Within his regime he was a potent factor in the promotion of the great game throughout the section covered by the association of which he was chief executive.

On the 22nd of October, 1895, Dr. Shively was united in marriage to Miss Jessie M. Nixon, who was born and reared at Wamego, Pottawatomie county, Kansas. Dr. and Mrs Shivley are popular factors in connection with the social activities of their home city, where their circle of friends is coincident with that of their acquaintances.



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