Buchanan County, Missouri
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Frazer L. Ford.
A man of great intelligence and broad capacity, enterprising and progressive, now head of the Ford Investment Company, holds a noteworthy position among the rising young business men of St. Joseph. A son of the late Jacob M. and Nannie (Litsey) Ford, he was born at Forest City, Missouri, December 20, 1883.
He laid a substantial foundation for his future education in the public schools of St. Joseph, and after receiving his diploma at the high school was fitted for college at the Hotchkiss Preparatory School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He then entered Yale University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1906. Returning then to St. Joseph, Mr. Ford entered the employ of the Hundley Dry Goods Company, with which he was connected until 1910, when he resigned his position to take charge of the Ford Investment Company, a position of responsibility which he has since held.
Mr. Ford is a member of the Benton Club, and is secretary and treasurer of the Country Club. He also belongs to the Zeta Phi fraternity. On March 4, 1914, Mr. Ford married Miss Mary Marjorie George, daughter of Harry L. and Maggie (McDonald) George, a young woman with many prominent social connections in St. Joseph.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

 

Jacob M. Ford. The life of the late Jacob M. Ford, of St. Joseph, was a success, not accidental, but deserved. His sure ascent of the ladder of fortune was the result of his own labor and achievements, he having been the creator of the conditions of his own advancement.
The birth of Jacob M. Ford occurred in Perry County, Ohio, March 16, 1836. Completing his education in the public schools, he served an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade, which he followed a few years. At the age of nineteen years he joined the tide of emigration surging westward, and having located at New Point, Iowa, was there engaged in blacksmithing until 1859. Desirous then-of changing both his residence and occupation, he came to Missouri in search of a favorable opening, and. having chosen Forest City for his location entered the employment of John S. Brittain, who owned and operated a general store, becoming a clerk in the establishment. In 1867 he became a member of the firm, and later, buying out the interest of his partner, Mr. Brittain, became sole proprietor of the store. In 1889 Mr. Ford removed with his family to St. Joseph, and from that time until his death was an important factor in promoting the business affairs of his adopted city. He was one of the incorporators of the Saxton National Bank, and when, in 1896, the Schuster National Banks were merged, he was made president of the consolidated institution, which became the First National Bank. Retiring from the office of president in 1907, he was made chairman of its board of directors. Later, when the First National Bank and the Merchants Bank were consolidated, he was elected vice president. He organized the Ford Investment Company, and continued as its president until his death, May 17, 1913.
The News-Press of that day, Saturday, May 17, 1913, speaks of Mr. Ford in the following words:
"The rise of Mr. Jacob M. Ford was rapid. When he removed from Iowa to Forest City he began as clerk in John S. Brittain's store. At Forest City he was very successful. The country in that section was being rapidly peopled, and the young merchant, by industry and honesty, built up a large business. He started with little capital, but was soon able to buy out his partner. He was always scrupulously neat in his dress, and considered it a great asset in his business. Profits in his business were from time to time invested in small tracts of land, and these turned out at a good margin. Before very long he was in a position to handle large tracts, and in a few years his wealth was increasing rapidly. Then came the opportunity for him to come to St. Joseph, an
opportunity for which, it is said he had long been waiting, and which he grasped as soon as offered. For a time after he had moved his family here he continued the store at Forest City, but eventually disposed of it, and gave his entire attention to his St. Joseph enterprises. He was president of the Ford Investment Company, of which he and his son Frazer held the most of the stock. This corporation was organized several years ago for the purpose of handling Mr. Ford's properties. He was vice president of the Battreal Shoe Company of which he was a large stockholder."
Jacob M. Ford married, May 9, 1882, at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Miss Nannie Litsey, daughter of Jay and Emily (Bird) Litsey. Mr. and Mrs. Ford reared three children, namely: Mary, wife of Harry Broadhead, of Columbia; Frazer L., of whom a sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; and Litsey, who died at the age of twenty-five years.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

 

HARRY D. FOSTER, of St. Joseph, is the popular and efficient ticket auditor for the Missouri lines of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, an office for which his natural ability peculiarly adapts him. His life affords another illustration of the power of self-help and an example of what may be accomplished by industry, perseverance and energy. From the humble position of an office boy he has risen to a post of honor and trust, and as he is a young man it is safe to predict that coming years will bring him added honors.
Mr. Poster is a native of Downer's Grove, Ill., and was born October 24, 1866. He conducted his studies in the common and high schools of that city, being graduated from the latter at the age of sixteen. In Chicago, April 4, 1888, he married Miss Lizzie M., daughter of DeWitt C. and Isadore (Freeman) Wheeler, and they are the parents of two children (twins), Lawrence Judson and DeWitt Clinton, who were born June 22, 1890. The family is well known in the social circles of St. Joseph, and is highly regarded by the people of that city.
At the age of sixteen Mr. Foster secured a position as office boy in the department of the ticket auditor of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and after working in that way for a few months he was promoted to a clerkship, in which capacity he was employed for nine years. Afterward he was chosen chief clerk and held that responsible position for one year, having forty men in his employ. July 1, 1892, he became ticket auditor at St. Joseph, and now has under his supervision twenty clerks and assistants. He is a young man of ability and genial manners, which win for him a host of warm personal friends wherever he goes.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

 

J. H. FULLERTON is manager of the Fullerton Lumber Company of St. Joseph, which succeeded the Chicago Lumber Company in January, 1891. Our subject has attended to all the particulars of the business, superintending the laborers in the yards, the bookkeepers and clerks, and keeping track of the purchases and sales. This concern has built up an extensive trade in this part of the West, making sales in all of the surrounding country. Robert Fullerton, of Des Moines, Iowa, and S. H. Fullerton, of Ate hi son, Kans., were proprietors of the Chicago Lumber Company and had yards at St. Joseph for about ten years, or until it passed into the hands of the Fullerton Lumber Company. The Chicago Lumber Company owns about seventy yards in Kansas and Nebraska with headquarters at Atchison.
The lumber company of which our subject is manager is composed of the following: James G. Fullerton, of Sioux City, Iowa; Thomas Fullerton, of Mitchell, S. Dak., and George Fullerton, of St. Paul. The central point of the company is at Sioux City, Iowa. They have from twelve to fifteen lumber yards in Iowa and Dakota, and the one at St. Joseph is the only yard belonging to the firm in Missouri.
The Fullerton family are natives of Ireland, having been engaged in the lumber trade since 1866, starting in La Cygne, Ill., and for nine years have conducted their business at Atchison, though they have carried on a Kansas trade since 1871. They have considerable money invested in stock at St. Joseph, and carry everything usually kept by first class lumber firms.
J. H. Fullerton was born in Lame, County Antrim, Ireland, August 8, 1864, and passed his boyhood and early youth in the Emerald Isle. When seventeen years of age he crossed the broad Atlantic, and soon after his arrival in the United States went to Des Moines, Iowa, where he obtained employment with the Chicago Lumber Company. After a time he entered Simpson College at Indianola, Iowa, taking a classical course, but left college when in the senior class. Going to Mitchell, Dak., where a brother was engaged in the lumber trade, he remained there for a while and then became manager of a similar concern at Woonsocket, Dak., for two years. Next going to Sioux Falls, he was in the employ of the same company for a year and then joined the Chicago Lumber Company at Atchison, Kans., where he held a position for three years and later was made general purchasing agent.
Mr. Fullerton is considered one of the enterprising and pushing young business men of St. Joseph, and judging from what he has accomplished in the past few years, it is safe to predict that he has a future of great promise before him. He evinces unusual ability and good practical judgment as applied to all departments and branches of the work coming under his control. The company surely made no mistake when they assigned him this important position, for he has more than justified the confidence bestowed on him.
In politics Mr. Fullerton is a stanch supporter of the Independent party. He has become quite interested and a believer in the great future which is still in store for this rapidly advancing western city, and as long as he is a resident of the place will use his best endeavors in the furtherance of her plans for development.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

 

Dr. Frank H. Fulton, M. D. A well-known and highly esteemed physician and surgeon of Clinton County, F. H. Fulton, M. D., now located at Plattsburg, has won excellent success in Ins professional work and well deserves the reputation he has gained for medical skill and ability. A native of Clinton County, Missouri, he was born November 8, 1862, a son of Washington R. Fulton.
Born in Virginia, Washington R. Fulton was of English descent, his immigrant ancestor having come to the United States from England in early Colonial days. While yet a young man be came westward to Missouri, eventually locating in Clinton County, where he spent the remainder of his life, passing away at the age of seventy-two years. He married, in Clinton County, Minerva Jones, who was born in Virginia, which was likewise the birthplace of her father. She died at the age of sixty-five years. She was a devoted wife and mother, and presided with gentle ease and generous hospitality over the pleasant home which she and her good husband established, the old house, with its open fireplace, though out plainly furnished, being the happy gathering place of old and young. Mr. and Mrs. Washington R. Fulton were the parents of three children, two of whom have passed to the life beyond. Darthulia having died at the age of thirty years, and Malvina when forty-two years of age.
Dr. Frank H. Fulton was born and brought up on the home farm, and as a lad was taught to work, and was well drilled in lessons of honesty and thrift. Rugged and healthy, he was active in boyish sports and hardy games, developing a fine physique, and now weighs 180 pounds,
his height being being five feet and eleven inches, just two inches taller than his father was, their weight being the same. Obtaining the rudiments of his education in the district schools, F. H. Fulton afterwards attended the University of Missouri, in Columbia, and was there graduated with the class of 1892, receiving the degree of M. D. Doctor Fulton first located at Holt, Clay County, Missouri, where he had a varied experience, some of it being pretty rough, but all of it of value to him in his profession. During the winter and spring months the country roads in that vicinity were nearly always bad, and he had many a long, cold ride on horseback with his saddle-bags, often times going miles to visit some poor patient from whom he neither expected nor wished for financial reward. The doctor afterward settled in Lathrop, Clinton County, from there coming to Plattsburg in 1908. A keen observer and close student, he keeps in touch with the modern methods of medicine and surgery, and is meeting with most flattering results in his profession.
In Clinton County, Missouri, in 1885, Doctor Fulton married Miss Fannie Bailey, a daughter of John Bailey, who was born in Missouri, where his parents settled when coming from Kentucky, their native state. The following children have blessed their union: Grace; Fulton; Bessie, wife of Walter Momyes, of Kansas City, Missouri; and Mallice.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

 

Claude Funkhouser. As president of the Clay & Funkhouser Banking Company, of Plattsburg, Claude Funkhouser is at the head of one of the oldest and strongest financial institutions of northwestern Missouri, this company having been first organized in 1864, a full half century ago. On June 10, 1886, it was reorganized as a state bank, and under the efficient management of its successive officers and directors has carried on a substantial and prosperous business ever since. A son of the late J. A. J. Funkhouser, Claude Funkhouser was born in Augusta County, Virginia, September 9, 1875, coming on the paternal side from Swiss and German ancestry.
J. A. J. Funkhouser was born, reared and educated in Virginia, being descended from a family noted for its patriotism, integrity and business qualifications. As a young man he served in the Confederate army as scout and courier under that brave officer, Gen. Stonewall Jackson. In 1884 he came with his family to Missouri, settling in Plattsburg, Clinton County, where he carried on a substantial hardware business until 1895, and from then on was connected with the electric lighting business until his death, in 1898, at the comparatively early age of fifty-three years. He was a man of stanch integrity and much respected throughout the community.
Politically he was identified with the democratic party, and religiously he was an active member of the Presbyterian church, which he served as an elder for many years. His wife, whose maiden name was Alice Hanger, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, a sister of Col. James E. Hanger, who served as an officer in the Confederate army during the Civil war, and is now a resident of Washington, D. C. She survived her husband several years, passing away in May, 1905, leaving two children, namely: Joel, vice president of the Clay & Funkhouser Banking Company; and Claude, the special subject of this brief sketch. She was a woman of true Christian character, and a consistent member of the Presbyterian church.
A boy of nine years when he came with his parents to Plattsburg, Claude Funkhouser completed the course of study in the public schools, and subsequently attended the old Plattsburg College and the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. In 1895 Mr. Funkhouser accepted a position in the bank with which he has since been connected, and has served in various capacities, in 1912 having been made president of the institution, which has a capital and surplus of $100,000.
Mr. Funkhouser married, October 12, 1904, Miss Julia Wynkoop Jordan, who was born in Mount Jackson, Virginia, the descendant of an old and prominent family of that vicinity. During the Civil war her father, Dr. L. H. Jordan, rendered distinguished service in the Confederate army, not only as a member of the staff of Gen. Stonewall Jackson, but as a surgeon under the same brave commander. Mr. and Mrs. Funkhouser have one child, Julia Elizabeth, born in 1912.
A prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, Mr. Funkhouser belongs to Plattsburg Lodge, No. 113, Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons; to Plattsburg Chapter, No. 120, Royal Arch Masons; to Plattsburg Commandery, No. 62, Knights Templar; and to Moila Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at St. Joseph, Missouri. True to the religious faith in which they were reared, both Mr. and Mrs. Funkhouser are members of the Presbyterian church, in which he is a deacon.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

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