biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
GEORGE W. SHOCKLEY, of the firm of Johnson & Shockley Bros., publishers of the Saturday Globe, Oskaloosa, was born in New Vienna, Clinton Co., Ohio, Dec. 29, 1857, and is the son of Edwin and Frances M. (Truitt) Shockley, both of whom are natives of Ohio, and yet reside at New Vienna, in that State. His father was a soldier in the Union army, and served till the close of the war. When he entered the service the family moved to Highland County, Ohio, where they remained for a time, and then returned to New Vienna, where George W. was educated in the public schools. When seventeen years old he entered the office of the Friends' Publishing House to learn the printing trade. This was a first-class office, and headquarters of all the Friends' publications, the greater number of which, for the State of Ohio, were printed here. In this office our subject continued three years, when the publishing house was removed to Columbus, Ohio, though part of the material was retained by J. D. McClintock, publisher of the New Vienna Register. Mr. Shockley entered the service of McClintock, and continued with him for a time, or until the paper failed, when he went to Springfield, Ohio, and worked in the office of the Springfield Daily Times for about six months. Returning to New Vienna he worked for J. M. Hussey, who revived the Register, and conducted it under the name of the Record for one and a half years, then went to Columbus, Ohio, where he worked in the job room of the Ohio State Journal till the spring of 1883, when he came to Oskaloosa, and in company with S. B. Kinsey, purchased the job office of H. R. Drake and continued the business. Mr. Shockley is a first-class practical printer, and soon succeeded in securing a large patronage for the office. Believing it not good for man to be alone, shortly after coming to Oskaloosa, he returned to New Vienna, Ohio, and on the 19th day of June, 1883, was united in marriage with Miss Cora D. Williams, a native of Ohio, and daughter of Thomas and Frances Williams of that place. They have one child, Frank Perley. Mr. Shockley continued in partnership with Mr. Kinsey until April 1, 1884, when his brother, T. M. Shockley, purchased Kinsey's interest, and the firm of Shockley Bros. was organized, which one month later was changed to Johnson & Shockley Bros., publishers of the Saturday Globe, and general book and job printers. (See article on Saturday Globe.) Politically Mr. Shockley is a Democrat. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and with his wife, belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is held in high esteem by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and as business manager of the office, much of the credit is due him for the success of the Saturday Globe.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy