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John H. Inman.—Occupying a representative position among the leading business men of "Webb City, Missouri, is John H. Inman, of the firm of Inman & Charles, dealers in dry goods and gents' furnishings.
Mr. Inman is a native of Barry county, Missouri. He was born December 10, 1856, a son of John H. and Virginia (Clark) Inman, both natives of Arkansas, the former of German and the latter of Irish descent. The father was a farmer by occupation. During the Civil war he was in the Confederate service, under General Price, and died in the army, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in 1862. His widow is still living, now making her home with her son in Oklahoma. Of her four children, John H., the subject of this sketch, is the second in order of birth.
John H. Inman received his early training in the rural schools of his native county. The death of his father and the vicissitudes of war left him a poor boy dependent upon his own resources. Leaving school at the age of seventeen, he went to Joplin and began work in the mines, which he continued five years. In the meantime he prospected and struck a good lead mine, which he operated with fair profit for a period of three years. Then he sold his mining interests and entered the employ of Mr. John F. Wise, who was engaged in the wholesale feed business, and as office man remained with Mr. Wise about two years. At the end of this time, returning to Barry county, he accepted a position in the general merchandise store of Northcutt & Smith, in whose employ he remained one year. Then, in 1882, he married. The first six months of his married life were spent at Washburn, Missouri, where he was engaged in the produce and grocery business. Selling his business there, he moved to Purdy, Barry county, where he was soon afterward appointed postmaster, a position he filled four years under President Cleveland's administration. Next we find him going out as a traveling representative with a shoe line. For over eight years he covered a territory and sold shoes, at first representing a Springfield, Missouri, house, und the past two years being connected with a Jefferson City firm. On his retirement from the road he took up his residence at Prosperity, Jasper county, where he engaged in mercantile business under the firm name of Inman & Pittman. This partnership continued about five years, at the end of which time Mr. Inman sold out and came to Webb City, where he engaged in business at 905 West Daugherty street, in partnership with S. H. Charles, under the firm name of Inman & Charles. This business was established in 1897, in a small way, and by its enterprising owners has been gradually extended and enlarged until it has reached its present proportions. It ranks to-day as one of the best dry goods and gents' furnishing goods stores in Webb City. In addition to the store, Mr. Inman and his partner own and control a number of valuable mining leases in the Webb City district.
On June 8, 1882, Mr. Inman married Miss Louise Northcutt, a native of Missouri, and a daughter of the Rev. J. K. Northcutt, one of the pioneer settlers of Barry county. They are the parents of four children, all born in Purdy, namely: Orland K., Edith, John J. and Louise.
Mr. and Mrs. Inman are identified with the Baptist church, and politically Mr. Inman affiliates with the Democratic party, of recent years, however, taking no active part in politics. He has membership in numerous fraternal organizations, including the Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America. In the lodges of both the Knights of Pythias and the Odd Fellows he has passed all the chairs. His Masonic- membership is in Purdy Lodge, No. 148.
(Submitted by Janice)

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