JOHN H. SHEALEY
To John H. Shealey is East Oakland largely indebted for its upbuilding and development, for during the past ten
years he has been a very active figure in real estate and building operations, being now regarded as the leader
in his line in this section of Alameda county. Mr. Shealey was born on a farm in Germany, November 15, 1888, a
son of John and Dorothy (Lietz) Shealey, the former of whom died when his son was three years of age, but the mother
is still living in that country. He attended the public schools of his native land and took a course in the College
of Commerce, in which he received thorough training in business methods. He then became a real estate appraiser,
in which capacity he traveled all over Europe, appraising land and properties for large steamship companies and
manufacturing concerns of Germany and other foreign countries, being engaged in that line of work from 1905 to
In the following year Mr. Shealey came to the United States, locating first with a brother in Nebraska. For a time
he traveled throughout the western states, looking for a location, and from 1915 to 1918 had charge of mining property
in Idaho. He then came to Oakland, California, and engaged in the real estate business, in which he has been more
than ordinarily successful. He helped to develop Maxwell Park, where he erected two hundred houses, and has since
given much of his attention to the building of houses and the financing of home buyers. He has also built a number
of large and costly residences in Piedmont and other localities and has built up a large business as builder and
real estate dealer, having at times as many as one hundred and twenty people in his employ.
Mr. Shealey was united in marriage to Miss Frances Hessel, who is a native daughter of California. Mr. Shealey
gives his political support to the republican party and has shown a commendable interest in local public affairs.
He is president of the East Oakland Taxpayers Association; is a past director of the Oakland Real Estate Board;
and in 1927 was vice president of the East Oakland Kiwanis Club. He is a Mason and has received the thirty second
degree of the Scottish Rite. He is a strong and persistent booster for Alameda county, particularly of East Oakland,
where his operations have been chiefly centered, and has been influential in advancing its welfare. His actions
have been guided by honorable principles and he is loyal to all those things which make for honorable manhood and
progressive citizenship. For these reasons, as well as for his agreeable personality, he has won and retains the
unqualified confidence and respect of his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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