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The Legacy of David Lockard Cockley: Father of Industrialism

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Christina Yetzer Drain and Marie Demer Rader will delve into the remarkable life and achievements of David Lockard Cockley, fondly known as the “Father of Industrialism in Shelby.” This engaging presentation will take you on a journey through Cockley’s pivotal role in establishing the first seamless tube industry in America. His illustrious career also saw him serve as president for seven years in this pioneering venture.

Cockley’s legacy also extends to his philanthropic contributions. Discover how this decorated Civil War veteran funded the construction of the magnificent Masonic Temple, an iconic three-story building gracing Main Street.

One of the most intriguing aspects of David Lockard Cockley’s life was his membership in the prestigious Middle Bass Club nestled on the picturesque Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie. This exclusive club, established in the late 19th century, was a haven for the well-to-do, including industrialists, statesmen, and influential figures from various walks of life. The club’s membership was a symbol of status and privilege and provided Cockley with not only a recreational haven but also a window into the vibrant social and intellectual circles of his time.


November 9
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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Sutter Roush Room
23 E. Main St.
Shelby, 44875 United States
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