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Biography of Robert Lee Orcutt

Robert Lee Orcutt, president of the General Warehousing Company of St. Louis, was born in this city October 7, 1879. His father, Rosalvo E. Orcutt, was a representative of an old English family and is now living retired. He married Annie Rose in St. Johns, New Brunswick, and they became the parents of five sons and two daughters. Robert L. Orcutt, the sixth in order of birth, was educated in the Cote Brilliant Grammar school, which he attended to the age of seventeen years and then turned his attentions to the storage and moving business, becoming associated with the firm of Orcutt & Company, with whom he remained until January 1, 1920. He started out in his business career as office boy, and has steadily advanced through intermediate positions and promotions until he has reached the presidency of the company, having in the meantime filled the positions of solicitor, bookkeeper, secretary and vice president. On the 1st of January, 1920, he became president of the General Warehousing Company, which is one of the largest organizations of this kind in the country. Their members include the Langan & Taylor Storage & Moving Company, the R. U. Leonori Auction & Storage Company, the American Storage & Moving Company and the J. Brown Storage Company. Mr. Orcutt is now the executive head of the organization and his long experience with the Orcutt Company well qualifies him for the responsible duties which devolve upon him in this connection. He is also serving on the Advisory Board for the Agricultural & Live Stock Empire Exposition. There is an interesting military chapter in the life...

Biography of Richard M. Kleinhans

Richard M. Kleinhans is a veteran railroad man, having been in the active service more than twenty years. He started in his native State of Michigan, worked through various grades of promotion with the Lake Shore Branch of the New York Central lines, and finally came to the Southwest in the employ of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. He is now car accountant for that road with headquarters at Parsons. Born in Detroit, Michigan, September 8, 1877, he is a son of George and Cecelia (Hunt) Kleinhans. His father was born in Pennsylvania in 1813, moved from that state to Ohio, and from there to Michigan. He was a wholesale butcher, a business to which he devoted the best years of his life, and he died at Detroit in 1901. Politically he was a democrat, and was an upright Christian man. His wife was born in Ohio and died in Detroit. Reared and educated in Detroit, Rlchard M. Kleinhans after graduating from the Detroit High School in 1893 entered the employ of the Lake Shore Railroad. He was with that company one year and then spent two years with the Michigan Central, following which he returned to the Lake Shore and was continuously in its service for seventeen years. Mr. Kleinhans has always been noted as a faithful worker and early gained the confidence of his superior officials by his diligence and keen and active method of transacting every work entrusted to him. He began with the Lake Shore as car checker was promoted to car distributor, then to traveling car agent, then to chief car agent, and finally...

Biography of Warner E. Williams

Warner E. Williams. While now one of the great trunk railway systems of the country, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad was largely developed as a Kansas corporation. The main offices of the company at Kansas are at Parsons, where 2,200 of its employes reside. The different lines of the road converge and diverge from that point in six directions: To Hannibal and St. Louis, Missouri; to Kansas City, Missouri; to Junction City, Kansas; to Joplin, Missouri, to Denison, Texas; and to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For several years the general manager of the system with headquarters at Parsons was Warner E. Williams, who had recently been transferred to Dallas, Texas, where he began his career as a railroad man and where he is now general manager of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway of Texas. Mr. Williams was born at Houston, Texas, May 29, 1864, attended the public schools at Houston, and as a boy worked as a messenger in a law office. He was similarly employed in a wholesale grocery house at Houston, but in 1881 at the age of seventeen he became check clerk at the freight house of the International and Great Northern Railroad at Taylor, Texas. During his thirty-five years of experience he had been steadily promoted in the scale of responsibility. At Palestine, Texas, he was roadmaster’s clerk, filled other places in the transportation office, was chief clerk in the superintendent’s office, secretary to the general manager and secretary of the receivers’ department. He was then promoted to purchasing agent and general store keeper, but in 1897 he left the International & Great Northern...

Biography of Peter J. Broll

Peter J. Broll. Of the successful business men of Kansas City, Kansas, perhaps none began life with fewer opportunities and under more unpromising circumstances than Peter J. Broll. The education which most boys secure while living in comfortable homes and attending schools with nothing else to divert their minds was denied him and he obtained his education largely by direct contact with the world and those processes of intelligent thought which are quickened by a live mind and a fundamental interest in the life about him. A humble clerkship was his first opportunity of experience, and gradually, being of a saving and thrifty disposition and showing increasing ability for responsibilities, he became a partner and now for a number of years had been sole owner of the Broll Wholesale and Retail Grocery Company. Being one of the substantial citizens and tax payers of the community and implicitly trusted for his judgment and conservatism, he had been called upon to serve for several years as a director of the Kaw Valley Drainage Board, to which he was recently re-elected and is now president of the board. This drainage district covers the territory of the Kaw River from its mouth to Turner, Kansas. Mr. Broll is an American in all except birth and parentage. He was born in Germany October 17, 1864, but was brought to this country in 1868. He was one of the nine children of Casper and Agnes (Howdornick) Broll. His parents came to the United States in order to better their conditions and provide better opportunities for their children. They landed at New Orleans, lived there a...

Biography of Thomas Watson Roach

Thomas Watson Roach, for twenty-one years president of Kansas Wesleyan Business College, and a former president of Kansas Wesleyan University at Salina, had not merely found but had made for himself a distinctive place in educational history of the Sunflower State. He came to Kansas more than forty years ago. His name is closely associated with several progressive movements in Kansas educational affairs. He was the pioneer worker for the consolidation of country school districts. He also did the first practical work toward procuring uniformity of text books throughout the state. But even more important than all this he will be longest remembered for the impress he had made upon the personal character of thousands of young people in Kansas, many of whom are now successful and prosperous and who look upon Professor Roach as one of the most important influences in the moulding of their destinies. He represents old American stock. One of his ancestors, Israel Potts, served with distinction in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Roach was born in Ross Township of Jefferson County, Ohio, November 8, 1847. His parents were James Potts and Martha (Wright) Roach. His early boyhood was spent in a period when public schools were just being introduced. The district schools of his native county gave him the foundation of his education, and in 1866 he was teaching his first country school. His higher education was acquired in Mount Union College at Alliance, Ohio, where he was graduated Bachelor of Science in 1870. His class included a number of men who subsequently won distinction, one of whom was Lyman C. Humphrey, afterward governor of...

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