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History of Clay County Missouri
By W. H. Woodson
Historical Publishing Company; Topeka & Indianapolis; 1920

John C. Frazier. the present postmaster of North Kansas City, has held this position since the post office was established here in 1913, and he also has the distinction of being the pioneer merchant of North Kansas City. Mr. Frazier is a native of Clay County and a descendant of early pioneers here. He was born one mile south of Linden July 9, 1867, a son of B. G. and Elizabeth (White) Frazier, natives of Kentucky.

B. G. Frazier came to Missouri in 1837 and first settled in Ray County. Later he removed to Platte County and went from there to Kansas when that state was a territory. In 1861 he traded his farm in Leavenworth County Kansas, for a farm near Linden, Clay County. Here he spent the remainder of his life, and died in 1891; and his wife died at Liberty. Missouri. Their remains are buried at Barry.

To B G. and Elizabeth (White) Frazier were born the following children - Belle, died at the age of fifteen years; William L., a real estate dealer at El Campo, Texas; Dora, married Charles Dunlap; May, a twin sister of Dora, married R. Patrick; Elizabeth Lee, married Dr. A. C. Majors who is now deceased, and she resides at Excelsior Springs; John C. the subject of this sketch; and Frank J., who is engaged in the live stock commission business at Seattle, Washington. By a former marriage the following children were born to B. G. Frazier: Thomas H., died at Liberty, Missouri; Jennie, married M. W. Gardner; and they are both deceased; and Anderson M., lives at Adrian, Missouri. Elizabeth (White) Frazier was first married to James Dean and three children were born to that union: Jerry S.. deceased; Sarah, married William H. Hudson and is deceased; and Mary J., married R. T. Murray and is deceased. Horace S. White, a nephew of Mrs. Frazier, was reared in the Frazier family and is now in the furnishing goods business in Kansas City. Missouri.

John C Frazier was reared in Clay County and educated in the public schools. He engaged in the mercantile business at Harlem, Missouri, in 1890 and continued in business there until 1912, when he located at North Kansas City and engaged in the mercantile business here. His was the first store to locate here, and the following year, through his efforts, he secured the establishment of the post office here. He was successfully engaged in business until June, 1918, when he sold out, and since that time he has been postmaster.

Mr. Frazier was married, June 6. 1893, to Miss Alletta N. Vance, a daughter of John T. and Mariah A. (Taylor) Vance. John T. Vance was a native of Kentucky. He came to Clay County when a young man and settled here and here spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1892, at the age of sixty-two years. His wife was a daughter of George Taylor, a Clay County pioneer, who settled near Smithville. He was killed during the Civil War while serving in the Confederate Army. Mariah A. (Taylor) Vance was born near Smithville in 1839, and died in 1907. Mrs. Frazier is one of five children born to her parents, the others being as follows: Palmetto May, married W. A. Williams, of Kansas City, Missouri; Minnie P., married John H. Hartman, and they reside in Canada; William R. Vance and W. H. Vance, live in Kansas City. To Mr. and Mrs. Frazier have been born one son, Robert W., and a daughter, Geraldine May, born November 6, 1907, and died February 1, 1910.

Robert W. Frazier was bora at Harlem, Missouri, April 5, 1894. During the World War he enlisted on July 16, 1918, at Liberty, Missouri. He was sent to Waco, Texas, for training, and later was made a sergeant. He afterwards went to the Officers Training School at Waco, Texas, where he was discharged November 14, 1918. He was married December 8, 1918, to Miss Ruth L. Anderson, of Kansas City, Missouri. He is now city salesman for the Klein Wholesale Grocery Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

John C. Frazier is one of the well known and highly respected citizens of Clay County.
Jim Dezotell



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