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Biography of Joseph H. Mercer

If Kansas should be called upon, through some unfortunate circumstance, to lose at this time the services of Hon. Joseph H. Mercer, state live stock commissioner, it would still owe him a debt of gratitude for the great work he has accomplished in the eradication of the evils attending the foot-and-mouth and other diseases injurious to animals in Kansas, in the bringing about of a better understanding between the farmer and the packer, in the arrangement of freight rates, and in the protection of the interests of the farmer, and particularly of the live stock man, in various ways and along numerous lines. Himself a practical farmer and student of live stock conditions, Mr. Mercer thoroughly understands every phase of agricultural work and through this understanding is able to handle the most delicate situations that arise in a position that calls for the utmost finesse, the greatest degree of diplomasy and unceasing application. Joseph H. Mercer, state live stock commissioner of Kansas, and secretary of the Kansas Live Stock Association, was born on a farm near Williamsburg, Noble County, Ohio, September 7, 1864, and is a son of Newlin Mercer and grandson of Jacob Mercer. For generations the family has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and Newlin Mercer was of the calibre that led to his enlistment in the forces of the North to support the Union during the dark days of the Civil war, in which struggle he served four years. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Alma Jones, was of Welsh ancestry, and bore her husband three children. Her death occurrod in 1866. Left motherless when...

Biography of L. M. Roome

L. M. Roome is an oil producer and contractor whose activities have brought him considerable success in Kansas territory and whose business headquarters are at Tyro, in Montgomery County. His first experience in the business was gained in the Illinois oil district, and he came to Kansas about two years ago. His ancestors came originally from England and settled in old Virginia during colonial days. His grandfather, Edward Roome, was born in Pennsylvania, spent most of his life as a farmer in West Virginia, where he died. Mr. L. M. Roome was born in Sistersville, West Virginia, July 23, 1886, and for a young man of thirty has made an enviable business record. His father is E. M. Roome, now a resident of Tyro, Kansas, who was born in West Virginia April 7, 1861. He grew up in his native state and a number of years ago became connected with the oil business as a producer, following that work in West Virginia, Illinois and Oklahoma, and since 1915 has continued in the same line with headquarters and home at Tyro, Kansas. He is very strongly grounded in the faith of the democratic party and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In Tyler County, West Virginia, he married Emma Martin, who was born in that county April 1, 1860. Their children are: Maggie, wife of P. J. Garvey, who is in the automobile business at Pine Grove, West Virginia; Edith, wife of E. M. Mayfield, a wholesale grocer who resides at Middleburn in Tyler County, West Virginia; Mr. L. M. Roome, who is third in order of age;...

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